Tax expert says HST better option for Alberta than PST

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Tax expert says HST better option for Alberta than PST by audreywhelan Posted Jun 28, 2016 8:19 am MDT (Stock photo:FreeImages.com) http://www.freeimages.com/photo/piggy-bank-1428097 The Conference Board of Canada believes Alberta should introduce a provincial sales tax instead of a carbon levy, but a local tax expert thinks that would be bad for businesses.Beverly Gilbert is with Borden Ladner Gervais in Calgary and thinks a harmonized sales tax or HST is a better option.She says a PST would increase costs for businesses on two fronts.“The first way is there’s an actual cost to a business when they purchase goods because a PST is a non-recoverable tax like the GST is and the second thing is there is large compliance burden to businesses to implement a broad-based tax like a PST,” Gilbert said.Gilbert says while businesses would be able to claim the cost of implementing the PST on their income tax they would not be able to recover all the money spent. read more

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Six people confirmed dead more missing after small boat capsizes off Mayotte

Six people died and 10 are still missing after a small vessel carrying 24 people capsized on Monday morning off the French territory of Mayotte in the Indian Ocean, the United Nations refugee agency reported today. “The capsizing is a reminder of the risks faced by people desperate to escape poverty, conflict and persecution,” Adrian Edwards, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva. “As in the Mediterranean and the Gulf of Aden, the seas around Mayotte are the scene of irregular movements of migrants and refugees searching for a better life or protection from persecution and war.” This is the second such tragedy in a month, bringing to 69 the number of people reported dead or missing after incidents off Mayotte this year. For decades, people have been using small open vessels known as “kwassa-kwassa” to sail from the Comoros to the more prosperous French territory of Mayotte, according to UNHCR. Most of these movements take place without the requisite documentation and involve considerable risk to those attempting them. Asylum-seekers account for a small proportion of these movements but their numbers have been increasing in the last two years, Mr. Edwards said. UNHCR said that last year there were some 1,200 applications for asylum in Mayotte, 41 per cent more than in 2010. The largest proportion of applicants – about 90 per cent – came from the Comoros, with citizens from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Rwanda and Burundi, accounting for the rest. read more

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Rape and torture among serious rights violations spawned by Mali crisis –

The report, released by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), was compiled by a mission deployed to Mali and its neighbouring countries in November, and details how rights violations have been taking place since January 2012, when fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels broke out in the country’s north, later resulting in radical Islamists seizing control of the area. The report shows that the current human rights situation is linked to longstanding and unresolved issues, and that human rights violations have been committed both in the North, and in the area under Government control. Members of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad allegedly used students as human shields to force military forces to surrender and later executed 94 of the 153 captured soldiers. Several Tuareg soldiers were also victims of reprisals by members of the Malian army in the North, who reportedly killed nine soldiers in Timbuktu in February. The report stresses that women in particular have suffered degrading treatment by extremist groups based on an extreme interpretation of Sharia law. They have suffered from harassment, abuses and sexual violence due to accusations of being improperly veiled or dressed, or for riding a motorbike. “Rapes of women and girls, at times in front of family members and often apparently carried out on an ethnic basis, have been repeatedly used in the North to intimidate people and break any form of resistance, in a culture where rape is considered as taboo and victims often suffer from social exclusion,” OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva, adding that girls as young as 12 or 13 have been forcibly married to radical Islamists and sexually abused. Other reported human rights violations described in the report include amputations, arbitrary detentions, torture, forced disappearances and the recruitment of child soldiers. The OHCHR mission highlighted the increasing presence of self-defence militia and expressed alarm at the growing ethnic tensions in Mali, which could also lead to possible acts of revenge against the Tuareg and Arab communities perceived as being linked to the armed groups. OHCHR called on all parties “to abide by international human rights and humanitarian law standards,” and welcomed the announcement on Wednesday by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) that she has opened an investigation into the situation in Mali. “This is an important step for victims of human rights violations, and also sends an important message to perpetrators of human rights violations that they will be held accountable for the crimes committed,” Mr. Colville said. “We also call for the initiation of a reconciliation process to address current human rights challenges as well as long-standing unresolved issues, and urge the Malian army and its supporters to take extreme care not to carry out further reprisals as and when they retake territory in the North,” he added, reiterating OHCHR’s readiness to assist the Government by supporting the establishment of a transitional justice mechanism to facilitate national reconciliation. The clashes in the North, as well as the proliferation of armed groups in the region, drought and political instability have uprooted hundreds of thousands of civilians over the course of 2012. During the same briefing in Geneva, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced that it is reinforcing its resources in the country in anticipation of further new displacement. UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming said the agency is estimating there will be an additional displacement of 300,000 inside Mali, while a further 407,000 Malians will flee to neighbouring Burkina Faso, Niger and Mauritania. “In Burkina Faso, we have sent staff from Ouagadougou to monitor the border and to boost assistance in the refugee camps in Burkina’s Sahel administrative region,” Ms. Fleming said. “The refugees said they fled the recent military intervention, the lack of any means of subsistence, and fear of the strict application of Sharia law. They reported having witnessed executions and amputations, and mentioned that large amounts of money are being offered to civilians to fight against the Malian army and its supporters.” In Niger, UNHCR continues to provide help to the 52,875 refugees in camps and sites in Mangaize, Banibangou, Ayorou, Abala and Tillia areas. Meanwhile, the World Food Programme (WFP) said that its presence had been reduced to a minimum in northern Mali due to violence and the limited humanitarian presence, but that it would resume its food distribution as soon as the situation allows it and would continue to explore ways to deliver assistance. In the meantime, the agency continues to distribute food assistance to internally displaced persons in Bamako, the Malian capital, where it is assisting a total of 12,000 persons in cooperation with its partners. read more

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Fulbright scholar studying 20thcentury literary networks brings expertise to Brock

Kaplan Harris is Brock’s third Fulbright Research Chair in Transnational Studies. Now in it’s third year, the Brock-Fulbright Research Chair in Transnational Studies program aims to bring to the University some of the best U.S. scholars studying North American issues and the movement of people, things and ideas across the border.The latest visiting scholar to fill the post, Kaplan Harris, is no stranger to this cross-border niche.The associate professor of English from St. Bonaventure University in Western New York is a leading scholar in the study of North American poetry and publishing, and the cross-national networks of small press print culture.“When you start studying literature the first things you usually focus on are single authors or movements, the great canon and so forth,” explains Harris. “With my research, I’m not just looking at the form and content of the literature, but also at the cultural production, circulation and consumption of the work.”While at Brock this semester, Harris is teaching a third-year course on small press magazine networks in the University’s Canadian Studies program.He and his students are looking at small press do-it-yourself literary magazines from Canada, the US, Mexico, England and Australia. Their aim is to shine a light on how poets, editors and publishers from those international publications got in contact with one another and how they were reading and publishing each other’s work.First issue of Poetry magazine (Chicago 1912)Harris notes that digital tools and approaches influenced by the digital humanities are allowing people to get a much different picture of literature. For example, in just one of his classes this term, his students looked at about 1,200 issues of Poetry magazine, a leading century-old monthly poetry journal first published in Chicago in 1912.“The idea was that we assigned each group a decade,” says Harris, “and they were asked to go through and collate some data about contributors for each issue, and to look at the distribution of authors based on where they came from.”The result of the exercise was a graph of networks that told “a history of the 20th century based on where contributors to the magazine were coming from,” he says.Additionally, Harris is co-ordinating an evening of American poets visiting St. Catharines for the Grey Borders Reading Series on Wednesday, March 26, and he will also deliver the Brock-Fulbright public lecture at the 2014 Congress of the Humanities taking place this spring at Brock.Some of Harris’ recent scholarship on poetry and poetics appears in journals such as American Literature, Contemporary Literature, Jacket2, Open Letter and Paideuma. He has essays forthcoming in the Cambridge Companion to California Literature and Cambridge Companion to American Modernist Poetry. And he is also co-editor of the recently released, The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley (University of California Press).Brock’s Centre for Canadian Studies is hosting the current Fulbright Chair because Harris’ work aligns with their Master’s in Canadian and American Studies, which considers the deep significance of Canada’s relationship with its southern neighbour.“Brock is becoming a leader in border studies,” says Gregory Betts, director of Canadian studies, “particularly in the study of the Canadian and American border.”“Professor Harris studies the material factors in publishing and the movement of ideas across international borders and between literary communities,” says Betts. “His time at Brock represents a wonderful opportunity for our students to gain real insight into the possibilities of interdisciplinary research in Canadian and American studies.”The Canada-U.S. Fulbright program allows U.S. scholars to spend an academic year at Brock. The interdisciplinary visiting Research Chair in Transnational Studies covers such fields as Canada-U.S. relations; cross-border culture; First Nations cultures and languages; the history of the cross-border region; and the image of Canada abroad. read more

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Tulsequah studies progressing well

first_imgWardrop Engineering is continuing to update and revise feasibility engineering work and costs for the Redfern Resources Tulsequah zinc-copper-silver-gold project in British Columbia, Canada.  Work has been underway since early May and is expected to be finalized by year end. The scope of the feasibility study has been expanded to include an evaluation of the use of a Heavy Media Separation Process. This evaluation will assess the potential for rejection of lower density waste material from run-of-mine ore in order to upgrade the mill feed prior to the main grinding circuit. If successful and found to be cost-effective, the process may also allow the company to consider mining sections of the ore body narrower than the current 4-m thickness cutoff and/or use lower cost mining techniques to improve economics in narrower parts of the orebody. Samples of ore and adjacent hanging wall and footwall waste rocks were collected in June from the Tulsequah Chief deposit and have been received by the laboratory. The laboratory work is being conducted by Process Research Associates, under the supervision of Wardrop Engineering.A separate metallurgical optimization test programme is also in preparation.  The study will examine opportunities for enhanced separation of copper and lead minerals in the milling and flotation process. A reduction of lead content in the copper concentrate will improve marketability and reduce smelter treatment charges, thereby producing a potentially higher Net Smelter Return. In addition, the study will also evaluate the potential benefits of a process change to the zinc and pyrite differential flotation. The work will examine the benefits of bulk flotation followed by zinc/pyrite flotation separation. Changing the milling process flowsheet could have the benefit of a reduction in the consumption of reagents, thus reducing operating costs.Wardrop’s engineers have a preliminary mine layout and are estimating costs for a mine development plan and a stoping plan.  In general, the mine will be exploited from the existing 5400 and 5200 foot levels, moving in a downward direction. Where the overall plan permits, higher grade ore will be mined earlier in the life of the mine to improve cash flow. Mine layout and planning work is now more than 30% complete.last_img read more

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Skyfire Horizon the most evil thing on your Android phone

first_imgOpera-owned Skyfire Horizon seems like a great way to bring browser extensions to mobile browsers, but instead is a carrier-approved spyware and ad delivery service that came pre-loaded on your new phone.If you’ve purchased a phone from Sprint or AT&T in the last few months, the chances high you have a version of Skyfire Horizon on your phone. You may have noticed it when you launch the default browser on your phone. Sprint calls it the Lumen Toolbar, but it’s the same underlying technology and it works exactly the same as the Skyfire Horizon toolbar on AT&T.It’s an innocent looking toolbar on the bottom of your browser that includes a handful of helpful tools. You can share whatever page you are on with your social network of choice, or use the Wikipedia extension to quickly look up words without leaving the page you are currently on. It’s the first mobile browser toolbar to attempt browser extensions that are similar to Chrome and Firefox, or so they claim.If you head to the Skyfire Horizon website, you’ll see that they use a lot of pretty words to describe a service that hides really slimy practices behind the very thin veil of add-on features. The first thing you need to be aware of with Skyfire Horizon is that everything you do while the toolbar is active is recorded. Your browsing habits and location data are the big things that they are interested in, and as long as you use the browser and allow your location to be shared with the browser then that information is theirs to use.The secondary collection tools are built into the extensions themselves. Sharing pages via their social networking share tools requires that you give the app access to your Facebook or Twitter in order to accomplish the share. In their own words “This creates ‘beach front’ property for Operator recommendations, promotions and advertising.”There’s some other disturbing language in the Skyfire Horizon pitch page, namely the “robust web-based management portal that provides operators with the power and flexibility to add and modify extensions to the toolbar instantly” which seems to suggest the ability to modify the toolbar on your phone in real-time. As was demonstrated by Sprint earlier this week, capturing the browser and location data of their users was only the first step.Skyfire Horizon is also capable of delivering targeted pop-up ads and app recommendations based on the information collected. So far, Sprint has only enabled this feature on the Samsung Galaxy S4, but the capability is already on dozens of smartphones between the two carriers.Avoiding Skyfire Horizon altogether seems simple enough. You can disable the toolbar in the browser settings, though if history is any indicator it will just be reactivated with the next software update. In the apps section of the settings menu on your phone, SkyFire Horizon is listed as BrowserCustomization on AT&T and ToolbarService on Sprint. If either of these are listed as running even after you’ve disable the app, — which in our testing isn’t something that has happened — there’s a pretty serious problem.You can also install another browser, where the toolbar can’t collect the data. Google’s Chrome for Android is a great alternative to the carrier-modified browser, and there’s no chance of something like Skyfire Horizon being permitted on Chrome.[UPDATE] Jay Hinman from Skyfire was kind enough to respond to this post, claiming inaccuracies in my report. Here are my replies. 1. You can’t have it both ways. You either don’t collect location data or you collect which buttons are clicked, since several of your buttons share to social networks where location is enabled, and it very clearly uses tools made specifically for Skyfire Horizon to publish the share. It may be the operator collecting that information through another medium, but it starts at the toolbar.2. There is a popup the first time you use the browser. HOWEVER, you have to enter the TOS to even see that Skyfire is what you’re opting out of. No one does this, just like no one opts out later on. 3. I made a leap here, and honestly am happy to be wrong about this. It’s probably worth editing out of my post. It’s worth pointing out that my tests didn’t confirm this, my tests confirmed that Skyfire doesn’t run in the background after it has been disabled. 4. This is some pretty spectacular hair splitting. 5. All this amounts to is “we can’t be held responsible for our customers and the extensions they make for our platform”. Carrier IQ gave the same answer. It’s still Skyfire being used to initiate the share. 6. You, the consumer, are free to ignore the extensions that the carriers will insert into your browser at will through our platform. Awesome. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Skyfire Horizon AddSkyfire Horizon AddSkyfire Horizon DisableSkyfire Horizon FacebookSkyfire Horizon HomeBanner Ads Skyfire Horizonlast_img read more

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Media frenzy and armed special forces as Kim JongNams son reportedly visits

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3250208 Share2 Tweet Email1 14,363 Views Source: Reuters/YouTubeMalaysia had earlier recalled its ambassador to Pyongyang and summoned Kang for a dressing down at the foreign ministry over the ongoing spat.The drama erupted last Monday as Kim Jong-Nam waited at the budget terminal of Kuala Lumpur’s main airport for a flight to Macau.He was approached by two women, one of whom grabbed him from behind and sprayed his face with an apparently poisonous liquid, according to police and leaked CCTV footage.He had a seizure and died before arriving at hospital, with news emerging the next day of his identity. Newspaper in Kuala Lumpur are full of the details of what appears to be the brazen assassination. Source: Daniel Chan/APMalaysia’s probe has put five North Koreans in the frame for the killing, four of whom fled Malaysia the day it happened and are believed to have returned to Pyongyang.Officers have also arrested a 28-year-old Vietnamese woman, as well as a 25-year-old Indonesian and her Malaysian boyfriend.Seoul has said the attack was orchestrated by Pyongyang, citing a “standing order” from the leader to kill his elder sibling and a failed assassination bid in 2012 after he criticised the regime. Source: 葉榮添/YouTubeFirst born Jong-Nam was once thought to be the natural successor to his father, the then-North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il.But after Jong-Il’s death in 2011 the succession went instead to Kim Jong-Un, a child of his third marriage.Reports of purges and executions have emerged from the current regime as the young leader tries to strengthen his grip on power in the face of international pressure over his nuclear and missile programmes.© – AFP 2017Read: CCTV video emerges of moments surrounding Kim Jong-Nam airport ‘poisoning’ >Read: Police say four North Korean suspects fled Malaysia on the day of high-profile assassination > By AFP Tuesday 21 Feb 2017, 9:06 AM Media frenzy and armed special forces as Kim Jong-Nam’s son reportedly visits body North Korea wants Malaysia to hand over the slain man’s body. center_img Feb 21st 2017, 9:06 AM 8 Comments Short URL Armed police guard the hospital where the body is being held. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesMALAYSIAN ARMED GUARDS stood watch at the hospital holding the body of Kim Jong-Nam, the assassinated half-brother of North Korea’s leader, amid reports his son had come to Kuala Lumpur to claim the remains.A convoy of four unmarked vehicles entered the hospital compound in the early hours of the morning, with around 30 Malaysian special forces securing the area before all of them left by mid-morning.A white police van was seen leaving at 4:00 am local-time this morning.The body of Kim Jong-Nam — assassinated last Monday at Kuala Lumpur airport — has been at the centre of a diplomatic row between Pyongyang and Malaysia, after North Korea insisted it be returned and objected to an autopsy being performed.But Malaysia rejected the request, saying the remains must stay in the morgue until a family member comes forward to identify them with a DNA sample.Last night Jong-Nam’s son Kim Han-Sol was due to arrive in Kuala Lumpur from Macau, local media and intelligence sources said, but AFP was not immediately able to verify his presence.Pyongyang’s envoy to Kuala Lumpur dismissed the request for a DNA sample as “preposterous” and said the embassy had the right to reclaim the body of a diplomatic passport holder.Ambassador Kang Chol also savaged the police investigation into the killing, saying it was politically motivated and that Malaysia had conspired with South Korea from the beginning to frame the North.Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said the “deeply insulting” accusations were based on “delusions, lies and half-truths”. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Winning vision or platform pipe dream

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Planning began in earnest this week to transform Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station, with the unveiling of six designs submitted to the Victorian government’s design competition.We don’t want capitalism on steroids in our public spaces (Billy Kavellaris)Picked by a jury comprising urban planners and architects – along with chef George Calombaris – each design places the iconic station against a brave new web of glass, steel, bricks and concrete, and in one audacious vision, the platforms are even topped by a park with trees.Each re-imagines Flinders Street Station as much more than an iconic railway hub, literally expanding its horizons to realise a whole new riverside precinct. The historic main building was always going to stay, the brief being to see how the world’s most creative designers could transform the 104 year-old structure and reinvigorate the 4.7 hectare station precinct, now mostly derelict, not least along its Yarra river edge and western approach.While the winner of the $1m competition has been chosen and will be announced on August 8, the Victorian government has taken the bold step of allowing democracy to play a part in the ongoing process.The People’s Choice component of the competition runs until August 5, inviting the public to cast its vote on which design appeals against a number of criteria. The government says the feedback will be used to develop and refine the winning plan.One thing is for sure; debate on the design has only just begun and will become more vigorous. Urban developments of vision and daring need the public purse to cough-up hundreds of millions of dollars. They are always controversial and their delivery is always reliant on precarious political support.Delivering the new Flinders Street Station will test the resolve and imagination of its political backers as much its designers.The six designs chosen encompass a diversity of experience and approach, from a proposal by a group of local architectural students – Eduardo Velasquez + Manuel Pineda + Santiago Medina, to one of the biggest brands in world architecture – Zaha Hadid Architecture, who are working with local company BVN.The students’ approach includes the creation of an urban forest above the new station roof, Hadid/BVN’s dramatic space-age vision includes a monumental canopy and sweeping concourse celebrating ‘the grandeur of travel’.John Wardle Architects + Grimshaw have put forward a design using Melbourne’s traditional building material – brick – to make a resonating statement about context and historical connection.Ashton Raggatt McDougall’s bid includes the insertion of a secondary school into its eco-friendly green roofed proposal.Hassell + Herzog & De Meuron, like ARM, goes for a 21st century take on Victorian-era train sheds, with a subtle reference to indigenous art motifs in HHD’s curved roofs.NH Architecture retains the existing canopies used on the platforms under a glass lattice roof, part of its vision of a station which draws from the memory of generations who have used it in the past.To unpick a few of the merits of the designs, and the prospects for the project as a whole, Neos Kosmos spoke to Billy Kavellaris, managing director of Melbourne’s boutique award-winning architectural practice Kavellaris Urban Design.For Kavellaris, some of those short-listed meet the key challenges better than others.“One of things that is most difficult to achieve is activating the river front. It’s a very thin sliver of space that you have to play with,” says KUD’s founder.“The John Wardle + Grimshaw one really connects to that idea, in terms of creating a public space that allows people to travel on their bike or by walking along the path and then veer off into the station.”Most of the proposals recommend changes to the tram network and stops around the station, with ARM and Hadid/BVN suggesting changes to areas well beyond the station site.The interplay between Fed Square and the station’s eastern entrance is an obvious contender for sweeping away obstructions, allowing pedestrians to move between the two more easily. Ashton Raggatt McDougall’s intention to create a school within the new station is the kind of radical ‘outside the box’ approach Kavellaris applauds. “It could work,” he says. “It wouldn’t be a very big school, but I think it’s a good idea.” As an unconventional designer himself, Kavellaris is drawn to the Melbourne students’ radical proposal – for a park on the roof of an enclosed platform structure.“In the city grid we really have only one or two grassed areas – one outside the State Library and one around St Patrick’s. We have plenty of parks in the periphery but we don’t have one in the city and this idea works well.“The finalist who demonstrates the most powerful ‘contextual response’ of all, is John Wardle Architects + Grimshaw,” says Kavellaris.“For a building like this we need to tie it into its historical context and I think their’s does that very well. One thing we do know is that brick is part of our vernacular for buildings. This design uses that material in a contemporary way and I think it’s a great response that ties it into the actual fabric of Melbourne.”With some of the designs incorporating retail areas, KUD’s director believes it’s an element that should be avoided, despite the attraction of commercial income it would bring. Southern Cross Station is not a good model, he says.“We don’t want capitalism on steroids in our public spaces. We need relief from shopping. Shopping is ubiquitous. Having good urban public space doesn’t always relate to economics, there are other ways to activate the space.”And if Billy Kavellaris was a betting man, I ask, who would he put his money on to win the competition?“I think the Hadid/BVN design will win because of the statement it makes. It announces itself as a transport hub, it integrates with the street very successfully, but also I think it will win because Zaha Hadid is an international brand name. I don’t necessarily agree with that sentiment, but I think that will have had some influence in the decision-making process.”As we conclude, I’m interested to hear Kavellaris’ views on the public feedback process. Does he think the People’s Choice extension to the competition is a useful exercise?“It’s not a reality TV show, these are very complicated buildings. It’s more than just taste and opinion, it requires experts to make formulated views on these subjects.”Architectural competitions of this scale don’t come around too often. It’s also not uncommon for plans for competitions to not translate into bricks and mortar. The Victorian government has suggested it could be a decade before construction begins.Kavellaris, who says he’s a realist rather than a cynic, suggests the chances are that it might not even happen at all – in the shape that the competition winning entry predicts.“Fed Square cost $490m from an original budget of $125m, and Fed Square is nowhere near as big and as complex as this, and that was a decade ago,” he says. “Maybe this is the beginning of a symposium that speculates on what this key piece of infrastructure should be, seeing what we – as a culture and as a people – see the value to be, and somehow determine what monetary value we put on that. The Hadid/BVN project would cost an enormous amount of money. I don’t think it’s unrealistic to say that the project could exceed a billion dollars. It’s one thing to have a utopian vision of what we see our city to be, but don’t we need to do a cost benefit analysis, and ask how much culture is worth? Culture doesn’t need to have titanium ceilings…”The People’s Choice Award runs until Monday 5 August. To vote visit: www.voteflindersst.com.aulast_img read more

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Miel sa consommation est déconseillée aux bébés de moins de 1 an

first_imgMiel : sa consommation est déconseillée aux bébés de moins de 1 anFrance – Les spores potentiellement présentes dans le miel sont susceptibles de déclencher le botulisme chez les nourrissons, une maladie paralytique à l’origine de constipations et d’une faiblesse musculaire générale, a rappelé vendredi l’Agence française de sécurité sanitaire (Afssa).‪L’Afssa a indiqué sur son site qu’il était déconseillé de donner du miel aux enfants âgés de moins de 1 an, conformément aux recommandations de l’OMS. En effet, les spores de Clostridium botulinum, une bactérie présente dans l’environnement, le sol et les poussières peuvent également parfois être détectées dans le miel.Chez les enfants de moins de 1 an, la flore intestinale est immature : les spores peuvent ainsi se développer et produire de la toxine botulique, responsable d’une paralysie musculaire.Cette information fait suite à celle de l’Institut de veille sanitaire (InVS) qui alertait de l’augmentation du nombre de cas depuis 2004, en raison de l’habitude de certaines mamans de déposer du miel sur la tétine des biberons donnés au nourrisson.Le 17 mai 2010 à 16:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Man in court in theft of security guards vehicle at Vancouver Walmart

first_imgA 20-year-old Beaverton, Ore., man is accused of stealing a security guard’s vehicle while fleeing the scene of an alleged shoplifting in June 2018 at a Vancouver Walmart.Brandon David Rivera Castro made a first appearance Friday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of first-degree robbery and vehicle theft. Castro was recently transferred to the Clark County Jail from the Snake River Correctional Institution in Oregon, where he is being held on a nearly six-year prison sentence for a second-degree robbery conviction.Judge Bernard Veljacic did not set bail in Castro’s case because the defendant is already incarcerated elsewhere. An arraignment hearing was set for July 26.The alleged robbery and car theft in Vancouver happened June 4, 2018. Vancouver police were dispatched to Walmart at 221 N.E. 104th Ave., for a report of a woman who tried to steal alcohol, according to an affidavit of probable cause.The woman, Marisela Calderon, grabbed several bottles and ran to a vehicle with Oregon license plates in the parking lot. The driver backed up into a Securitas vehicle, which was pushed into another vehicle, the affidavit states.last_img read more

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Mental health group plans selfhelp centers

first_imgVancouver — Consumer Voices Are Born, a mental health agency run by and for those in recovery, has won a three-year Statewide Consumer Network Grant worth $210,000.The grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will pay for the development of at least three “consumer-operated self-help centers” across Washington, according to a CVAB statement.CVAB maintains numerous peer-directed programs, from job training to peer support to a telephone hot line, at the county’s Center for Community Health. It also runs the Val Ogden Center clubhouse, a membership organization for people in recovery from mental health crises. CVAB facilities serve more than 2,200 people per year and had 18,500 visits last year. CVAB aims to link the new self-help centers with each other and provide technical assistance and other services.To learn more, call Brad Berry, executive director of CVAB, at 360-397-8050.last_img read more

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Man fatally shot in Miami Beach

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A man was killed after, police said, he was shot in Miami Beach, early Sunday morning.Miami Beach Police found the victim while responding to reports of shots fired along the 1200 block of Collins Avenue, just before 12:45 a.m.The victim was transported to Ryder Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead.Police later identified the victim as 23-year-old Ozzy Jorge, a Miami Gardens resident.Witnesses were shocked by the grisly crime scene right in the heart of South Beach. “I think that it’s very sad that this happens because a lot of people are coming from outside, they want to have a good time,” said a woman. “Especially that it’s Saturday, they’re having a good time, they’re having a drink, and then they see all the police and all the commotion, and then they get so in shock, ‘Oh, my God, what happened?’”No arrests have been made. The homicide remains under investigation.If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward. last_img read more

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Nikki Bella dating Artem Chigvintsev John Cenas heartbreaking feelings revealed

first_imgNikki Bella has not ruled out a reunion with John Cena.Ben Gabbe/Getty ImagesNikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev are reportedly dating and as per reports, the new couple has amazing chemistry with each other. It was a bit obvious for fans to wonder how Jon Cena will react on the latest update on Nikki’s love life. As per reports, John is apparently happy for his ex-fiancé.As earlier reported, the Total Bellas star ended her engagement with pro-WWE wrestler John Cena last summer. Following which, there were rumors that Nikki and John will get back together and soon announce their new marriage date. That did not happen as Nikki decided to move on in her life. According to pictures obtained by TMZ, Bella was recently spotted “making out” with her former Dancing With the Stars partner, Artem Chigvintsev.As per reports, Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev have been spending time together for a long time but as of now, there is nothing serious going on between them. According to a report by HollywoodLife, John Cena is happy for Nikki Bella and is reportedly supports her in all of her decisions.An alleged source revealed that John Cena will always love Nikki Bella for the person she was to him and will always respect the time they both shared. In addition to this, if Nikki has found love somewhere else then Bumblebee movie star has no problem with that as he holds no bad blood for his former fiancé. Nikki BellaNikki Bella Instagram/ (thenikkibella)”If Nikki is finding love elsewhere, he is happy for her and has nothing ever bad to say about either of them. He hasn’t heard about them kissing but he is not worried about it because that is what happens when you date someone.”The insider went on to reveal that John Cena does not allow any kind of drama in his personal life and understand that Nikki Bella deserves the best life possible.”Nikki is an amazing woman to him and she should have the best life possible with anyone she wants,” the insider further revealed.As of this writing, John Cena or is reps have not commented on the recent claims. Besides this, it will only time will decide if Nikki Bella will find true love with Artem Chigvintsev or will get back together with John Cena.last_img read more

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WATCH Pawsome Indian Army dogs perform yoga alongside their trainers

first_imgThe canine members of various units of Armed forces performed Doga, which is yoga for dogs.TwitterEven as people across the world celebrate International Day of Yoga 2019 by participating in mass sessions of exercise and meditation, the limelight has been stolen by their four-legged furry friends who were not far behind when it came to practising asanas. The canine members of various units of armed forces performed doga, which is yoga for dogs, on Friday morning along with their human counterparts. A video of which is now doing rounds on the internet. The dogs are a part of the Border Security Force in Jammu.#WATCH Dog squad of Border Security Force performs yoga along with their trainers on #YogaDay2019 in Jammu. pic.twitter.com/TTN2vAgbeS— ANI (@ANI) June 21, 2019Netizens can’t stop adoring the fluffy army.I can watch this video again a million times!— meghnad (@Memeghnad) June 21, 2019Pictures of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel from Animal Training School (ATS) also performed asanas with dogs on the river bank of Lohit Valley in Arunachal Pradesh. Pictures of the event were also shared on Twitter. Twitter TwitterThe Army Dog Unit too participated in the International Yoga Day commemoration. A picture of the dogs, with one of them looking at the camera, is especially gaining traction. TwitterDoga, where dogs are used as props, was started by Suzi Teitelman in New York in 2002.last_img read more

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Review Blazing Chrome Is the Best Contra Game in Years

first_img Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits Blazing Chrome doesn’t hide what it is: A love letter to Contra. The game is essentially a spiritual sequel to the classic Contra III: The Alien Wars. You can see this as a positive or a negative. If you love classic side-scrolling shoot ‘em ups then you’ll appreciate a title that pays homage to the genre. Conversely, if you’ve played these games to death back in the day, you may not desire to retread old ground. No matter one’s opinion on retro-style titles, it is difficult to deny Blazing Chrome captures the spirit of the games it emulates. And to me, it’s also really freakin’ cool.In true ’90s fashion, Blazing Chrome takes place in a post-apocalyptic future dominated by killer robots. You play as one of two heroes who blast their way through a gauntlet of enemy-infested levels. Like Contra, you’ll find power-ups that give your weapons different attributes. Shock beams, flame throwers, and grenade launchers do a nice job of dispersing the murderous hordes. Some power-ups give you shields, which come in handy given Blazing Chrome’s high difficulty. This is a title that puts your reflexes to the test, especially if you play on Hardcore difficulty.Blazing Chrome is challenging yet merciful. Each level has checkpoints. If you run out of lives and continues, you’ll return to the previous checkpoint. Even if you die on a boss, you’ll only have to redo the section directly before it. This is perfect for players who may love old-school games but don’t have the patience to restart entire levels every time they die. But if you want a pure retro experience, you can always play on Hardcore where you only get 3 lives and have to restart from the beginning when you run out.From the start, you can select one of four stages. Each one presents its own challenges. Some focus on platforming while others on environmental hazards. The most unique stage has you riding across the land on a hoverbike. Think of the speeder bike section of Battletoads, only far more forgiving. You unlock two extra levels upon completing the four main ones. These final stages provide the biggest challenges and end Blazing Chrome in glorious fashion.Completing the game also unlocks two characters. Unlike the two main characters, these warriors use melee weapons exclusively and have the ability to air-dash. Their method of attack radically changes how you play Blazing Chrome. It feels a lot like another classic ‘90s game: Strider. Melee weapons force you to confront enemies directly. This is dangerous considering how quickly they can kill you. With that said, the challenge of using these two characters is enticing and adds variety to combat.Besides the new characters, you unlock mirror mode after completing the campaign. As the name suggests, you play a mirror version of each level. This is perfect for those who memorized the main levels and want to squeeze a little more out of the game.Blazing Chrome’s presentation is as retro as its gameplay. The graphics, music, and sound effects evoke the 16-bit era. Well, almost. Despite the pixelated nature of the graphics, they are far more advanced than anything the Super Nintendo could produce. But they look retro enough to fool anyone into thinking this is a long-lost SNES game. A number of filter options make the graphics look more era-appropriate. Blazing Chrome’s default graphical setting is great, but the CRT filters make it feel like you’re playing it on an arcade or TV screen. You can even smooth out the graphics if you desire. I’m on the side of the fence that prefers CRT filters in pixel games so I appreciated this option.Games like Blazing Chrome and Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night prove classic gameplay holds up in the modern era. Developer JoyMasher did a masterful job of capturing the spirit of games like Contra, Metal Slug, Gunstar Heroes, and even Strider. It doesn’t tread new ground, and that’s fine. It does exactly what it set out to do. If the recently released Contra Anniversary Collection has you itching for more run-and-gun goodness, Blazing Chrome is worth a try.More on Geek.com:These Are the Game You Should Check Out in July 2019Play These Nintendo Switch Games Before ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield’Speedrunners Can’t Make ‘Mario Maker’ Levels But Wendy’s Can? Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Flying without wings

first_imgFlying in from Europe to Argentina and over London at the opening ceremony of the last Olympics, they stopped over Delhi to consummate the second edition of the three months long festival of France in India, Bonjour 2013. The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium arena was brimmed with cheering spectators overwhelmed with joy and awe.The Ambassador of France to India Francois Richier welcomed the gathering and the Indian political mavericks L K Advani , Karan Singh and Shasi Tharoor, who together with the French nationals enjoyed the acrobatic fourteen angels who swung around the Tyrolienne on an octagonal iron dome. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Flying Angels (Place des Anges), directed by Stéphane Girard and the late Pierrot Bidon, showcased angel-like acrobats suspended from zip lines who take over the aerial space and play with their weightlessness while showering white flakes on the spectatorsThe celestials welcomed the crowd with their feather flakes and flowers descended to the earthly for their affability.The French Ambassador in his welcome speech told that sky is the limit for the Indo French relationships highlighting the show as a result of the joined efforts. The angels manifested their diverse skills by performing melancholic ballet dances and nimbly juggling balls on air. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixH.E. François Richier, Ambassador of France to India, said, ‘Organised in partnership with the Ministry for Youth Affairs and Sports, Flying Angels is a splendid occasion to reach out to the youth, and Bonjour India. The whole richness of Indo-French relations is expressed during this great moment. Our French and Indian artists have worked together for three months.’The angels joined the crowds to move together for the Indian Oscar sensation Jai ho in the end and posed with them for pictures of souvenir.When asked ‘What it takes to fly for a normal being?’, an angel replied ‘Fly with your heart’..Indeed they did.last_img read more

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Carnival extends Glorys Canada trips

first_imgCarnival Cruise has increased its presence in Canada for the season starting June next last, unveiling extended schedule of voyages from Boston and around eastern Canada.The only cruise line offering the short cruises from Boston to the Canadian Maritimes, Carnival said it will deploy its Carnival Glory to lead the series of four and five day trips running until 26 July 2012. Massport director of the port Mike Leone said he was keen to welcome the extended cruises and expects the line to generate success on the Boston to Canada sailing route.”Carnival Glory provides a great opportunity for New Englanders and others to enjoy Eastern Canada during the summer months, and the shorter itineraries will be a huge draw for those with limited vacation time or who are looking to getaway for an extended weekend,” Mr Leone said. The new program offers passengers to explore the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal on the four day “long weekend” trek, while the five day voyage travels through Halifax, Nova Scotia and Saint John.Carnival has also prepared a one off seven day cruise, which will travel cruisers through Portland, Maine, Saint John, Halifax and Nova Scotia. “We are thrilled to offer these four- and five-day cruises from Boston which is not only a world-class destination but also provides a convenient and affordable drive-to homeport for millions of Northeastern U.S. residents,” Carnival chief executive Gerry Cahill.   “Carnival Glory is a fantastic ‘Fun Ship’ with so much to offer and on these cruises guests can visit charming and historic cities in eastern Canadian Maritimes while enjoying all the fun and excitement that Carnival is known for.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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Food startup Hello Curry tiesup with IRCTC

first_imgHello Curry, a food start-up, announced its association with online ticketing system for railways IRCTC, to supply rail passengers with “wholesome healthy meal options” during their journey by placing orders on IRCTC website www.ecatering.irctc.co.in.“With Hello Curry selling Biryanis and parathas with our array of curry pots in our award-winning packaging, passengers now have access to complete Indian meals on the train”, Hello Curry Founder & CEO Raju Bhupati said.The menu of Hello Curry would be available for all the passengers boarding different trains at Secunderabad station. The home delivery brand also informed that plans are afoot to offer the Hello Curry menu for passengers from Delhi, Bengaluru, Vizag and Pune “very soon”.last_img

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🥋 DaSlimC MathieuEra pictwittercomqNbPsQl

first_img🥋 @DaSlimC + @Mathieu_Era pic.twitter.com/qNbPsQlonm— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) August 31, 2017 Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Cardinals, of course, have a well-documented past of having players dress up in pregame when they lose the quarterback challenge.From Patrick Peterson as Buddy the Elf to Carson Palmer as Stay Puft Marshmellow Man, we’ve just about seen it all.If Williams indeed entered himself in the competition, it appears he made a huge mistake. – / 38 — Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) August 31, 2017Williams even got some stretching in with the rest of his team before the game. 🤔 @DaSlimC pic.twitter.com/xtB4v6CWXj 0 Comments   Share   center_img There isn’t a clear answer available as to why or what he’s wearing what he is, but Arizona Cardinals cornerback Brandon Williams got dressed up before the team’s preseason game against the Denver Broncos.Other defensive backs such as Tyrann Mathieu seemed to enjoy his outfit. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals cornerback Brandon Williams wears a costume during warm ups prior to an NFL preseason football game against the Denver Broncos, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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