Selling to Government in Northeastern Nova Scotia

first_imgNova Scotia suppliers want a bigger piece of the $1 billion governments spend on goods and services in Nova Scotia every year, and government is helping them get it. On Tuesday, June 21, the Antigonish and Guysborough regional development authorities are co-hosting the latest in a series of reverse trade shows. Municipal, provincial and federal governments, hospitals and school boards will be at St. Ninian Place on the St. Francis Xavier campus from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to meet with suppliers. Rather than local businesses, manufacturers or service providers holding a trade show to introduce potential buyers to their products, the roles are reversed — the buyer is holding a trade show for potential suppliers to find out what goods and services they need. “The province is working with Nova Scotia suppliers to help them increase access to business opportunities and improve competitiveness,” said Justice Minister Michael Baker, on behalf of Economic Development Minister Ernest Fage. “One way we are helping is through initiatives of the Supplier Development Program such as reverse trade shows.” Nova Scotia businesses currently get about 80 per cent of the $1 billion that the public sector spends each year on goods, services and construction. This program is making suppliers more aware of the opportunities to buy and sell locally. Reverse trade shows were held in four regions of the province this year, where they introduced hundreds of suppliers to procurement procedures. Suppliers also had the opportunity to meet one-on-one with potential buyers. Shows were held in Amherst, Cornwallis, Stellarton, and Sydney. Plans for the coming year include shows in Yarmouth, Truro, Bridgewater, Port Hawkesbury and Halifax. Reverse trade shows are only one component of the Supplier Development Program. The program also provides outreach services and community workshops on accessing procurement opportunities, among other initiatives. For more information on the June 21 trade show, suppliers can contact either the Antigonish Regional Development Authority or Guysborough Regional Development Authority. For information on the Supplier Development Program and public sector procurement, see the Office of Economic Development website at www.gov.ns.ca/tenders .last_img read more

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Fourfold increased rapes against children between 1994 and 2016 Report

first_imgNew Delhi: India has registered a four-fold increase in the number of rapes against children between 1994 and 2016, according to a new report by an alliance of six child-focused organisations. The report quotes National Crime Records Bureau data, which shows that the number of rapes against children in 1994 was 3,986 while in 2016 it was 16,863, accounting for a rise of 4.2 times. Titled ‘Child Rights in India – An Unfinished Agenda’, the report talks about a number of issues including, malnutrition, crime against children and education. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! It has also identified four components of child rights that, it says, have received lesser attention. These four components are sexual and reproductive health, access to play, recreation and leisure, family and community-based protection mechanisms and engagement of children in decision-making at family and community level. The report states that decreasing sex ratio and increase in incidents of rape are the two indicators that demonstrate the increased vulnerability of girls. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed Girls, especially from rural areas across the country, believe that security concerns are leading to limited mobility, thus hampering their economic and social development. “In all states, girls reported that their mobility is severely compromised due to safety and security reasons and this does not affect boys to the same extent,” it said. According to an NCRB report, ‘Crimes in India 2016’, a total of 106,958 crimes were committed against children that year. A majority of these crimes were kidnapping and abduction (52.3 per cent) and sexual offences (34.4 per cent), including child rape. The child rights report has also identified that social disaggregation on the lines of gender, social groups and religion increase vulnerability of children and their inability to demand their rights. It acknowledges India’s progress in combating under-five deaths due to preventable causes, which has reached current global average of 39 per 1,000 live births, and is more likely to achieve the target set in (UN’s) Sustainable Development Goals. The India report is aligned to the global report — ‘A Second Revolution: 30 years of child rights and the unfinished agenda’ — launched recently in New York by Joining Forces Alliance. Representatives of the alliance that has brought out the India report said, “The country has progressed well on a number of child-related indicators. Introduction of a number of legislations and policies to resolve the issues are commendable. However even today, violation of child rights is of great concern.” “We call upon the government to develop a strong and robust system to meet the child rights obligations of the country to ensure that every child has the right to survival, development, protection and participation,” they said. The report also touched upon various aspects of child welfare that includes their health and education. According to the report, though progress has been noted in reducing malnutrition, the rate of reduction, however, is not as expected. In India, NFHS-4 data (2015-16) states that 38.4 per cent children are still stunted, which is disconcerting, it said. Significant progress has been made in a number of areas, including universal enrolment in primary education as literacy rate among 7-14 years children has gone up from 64 per cent (Census 1991) to 88 per cent (Census 2011), the report said.last_img read more

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BJP misleading people of Delhi on full-statehood: Gopal Rai

first_imgNEW DELHI: A day after Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari in his Twitter Choupal reportedly said that the Supreme Court refused to grant complete statehood to Delhi, AAP slammed the BJP claiming that the party has tried to confuse people of Delhi on the issue of full-statehood.As per media reports, responding to a question on the issue of full statehood, Tiwari on Friday said that the BJP never took a U-turn on the issue but the Supreme Court made it clear that it cannot be done. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Six weeks since the Aam Aadmi Party launched its intensive campaign demanding full statehood for Delhi, a rattled, confused and desperate BJP has been resorting to daily lies in an unsuccessful attempt to divert attention fearing that it stands fully exposed before the people of Delhi and will not be able to face them during the Lok Sabha elections,” a party statement noted. Delhi AAP convenor Gopal Rai said, “I am saying with full responsibility that Manoj Tiwari is completely lying and misleading the people of Delhi. I am placing before you the Supreme Court judgments of 4th July 2018 of the five-judge Constitution Bench and 14th February 2019 of the two judges bench.” Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAAP challenged Manoj Tiwari to show which case regarding full statehood for Delhi was filed in the Supreme Court and when. “Who filed the case and what was the Supreme Court judgment in the Delhi statehood case? He should put that judgment in the public domain? Is Manoj Tiwari not even aware that full statehood for Delhi will be granted by parliament through a Constitutional amendment bill, like the one which was presented by LK Advani in the parliament in August 2003, or is he deliberately misleading the people of Delhi?” asked Rai. He added that Manoj Tiwari claimed Delhi can’t be granted statehood since Arvind Kejriwal sat on a dharna outside Rail Bhawan in January 2014, then why did his party promise statehood for Delhi in March 2014, when BJP released a Delhi-specific manifesto? “What is BJP’s stand on statehood for Delhi, is what Manoj Tiwari is saying is the official stand of BJP? AAP will not allow the BJP to escape its decades of false promises with the people of Delhi and its ultimate treachery with Delhiites,” said Rai.last_img read more

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Nearly 100000 Somalis displaced in capital in past month UN reports

Since fighting broke out last month between Government forces and armed opposition groups, almost 100,000 people have been driven from their homes in the capital, Mogadishu, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) reported today.Out of the more than 96,000 people uprooted since 8 May, some 35,000 are still in the city because they have no means to leave, while 26,000 others have fled to makeshift sites in the so-called Afgooye corridor 30 kilometres south-east of the capital, joining 400,000 other internally displaced persons (IDPs). The remaining 35,000 people have fled to other parts of the Horn of Africa nation.Some of those who have escaped recent fighting in Mogadishu are making their way to other countries, such as neighbouring Kenya and Ethiopia, to begin new lives, Ron Redmond, UNHCR spokesperson, told reporters today. More than 1,000 people have indicated they are considering risking their lives to make the perilous journey with smugglers across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen.Since the beginning of this year, nearly 32,000 Somalis have crossed the border into Kenya, bringing the total number of refugees from Somalia in the country to almost 300,000.“We continue to rush aid to the displaced in Somalia,” Mr. Redmond said, with deliveries of UNHCR supplies – including plastic sheets, sleeping mats and blankets – having reached 12,600 people since 26 May.The next phase of aid distribution on the south-eastern outskirts of Mogadishu, which sought to supply humanitarian aid to almost 30,000 people, set to begin earlier this week was called off due to clashes between the Government and opposition for control over the main road from the capital to Afgooye.“UNHCR is leading a task force to coordinate the response and interventions of all humanitarian actors in this new emergency,” the agency’s spokesperson said.Last week, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, told a news conference in New York that after visiting the Horn of Africa nation, it was “very sad to see how the city [Mogadishu], the population and the country are taken hostage by those who have been fighting and destroying their country over the last 20 years.” 5 June 2009Since fighting broke out last month between Government forces and armed opposition groups, almost 100,000 people have been driven from their homes in the capital, Mogadishu, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) reported today. read more

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Security Council to continue consultations on request for meeting on Middle East

Speaking to reporters after the adjournment of the consultations, the Council’s current President, Ambassador James Cunningham of the United States, said the members “expressed their great concern with the continuing levels of violence and desire to do what’s possible to promote a resumption of dialogue and to stabilize the situation.””They agreed on the need to reflect on how to assist that process, and to consult on the timing of the meeting, and they agreed then to consult further on the request of the Arab Group members in that light,” the Council President said. “So we haven’t made a decision; it will be part of our ongoing discussions.”The request was communicated to the Council in a letter dated 16 May from the Permanent Observer of Palestine, Ambassador Nasser Al-Kidwa, in his capacity as the President of the Arab Group of States for the month of May.The letter calls for an immediate Security Council meeting “to discuss the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, concerning the continuous escalation of repressive practices against the Palestinian population by Israel, the occupying power, in addition to its policy of premeditated assassinations.” read more

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Andreea Cristea Romanian woman who fell in Thames during Westminster attack dies

first_imgAndreea Cristea, who plunged into the Thames as Khalid Masood rammed his car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge during the recent terror attack, has died.The 31-year-old Romanian woman passed away while in hospital being treated for her injuries, the Metropolitan Police has confirmed.She had been receiving medical treatment in hospital following the attack and life support was withdrawn on Thursday, 6 April. Ms Cristea was in London for a short break with her boyfriend, Andrei Burnaz, who was discharged from hospital shortly after the attack.Her partner had planned to propose to her during their trip to London. Andreea Cristea and her partner Ms Cristea was transferred from the Royal London Hospital last month for specialist care at Barts.Four other people were killed in the attack. Keith Palmer, an unarmed police officer, Aysha Frade, a mother of two, Kurt Cochran, an American tourist and Leslie Rhodes, a south London pensioner.50 others were injured after the attack which brought terror to the heart of Westminster. A statement from Barts Health NHS Trust said: “We are greatly saddened by the death of Andreea Cristea at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, where we have cared for her following the Westminster terror attack.”The thoughts of all our staff are with her family and friends at this difficult time.” Andreea Cristea and her partnerCredit:PA “There are no words to even begin to describe the crushing pain and emptiness that is left in our hearts.”Our family, together with Andrei, are deeply touched and eternally grateful for the unimaginable efforts and never-ending dedication provided to her and us by the entire medical personnel of each and every hospital involved. Their kindness and empathy are beyond compare.”We would not have been able to live through these trying and tragically hurtful weeks without the support of the Metropolitan Police, the UK Government and every department involved.”Our hearts and love go out to our two Family Liaison Officers, Detective Sergeants Tony De-Wilde and Geraint Jones, who stood beside us every single step of the way. You were our lifeline and we will never be able to thank you enough.”Many politicians and others have given their condolences to the family, and expressed their sorrow over her death. After the attack, she remained unconscious in hospital until life support was withdrawn.A joint statement from her family and partner says: “After fighting for her life for over two weeks, our beloved and irreplaceable Andreea – wonderful daughter, sister, partner, dedicated friend and the most unique and life loving person you can imagine – was cruelly and brutally ripped away from our lives in the most heartless and spiritless way.”She will always be remembered as our shining ray of light that will forever keep on shining in our hearts.”Andreea is now unfortunately not able to have part of the money that was raised for her recovery, so we would like to donate it to charity. She would not have it any other way.center_img Thoughts with the family of Andreea Cristea – sad news today.— Seema Malhotra (@SeemaMalhotra1) April 7, 2017 Very sad. https://t.co/UxNz4Vs0br— Lucy Powell MP (@LucyMPowell) April 7, 2017 This is desperately sad news. Our prayers are with Andreea’s loved ones. Terror can never prevail. https://t.co/tDlrpWj2kZ— Jeffrey Donaldson MP (@J_Donaldson_MP) April 7, 2017 Prayers going out to the families and friends of Andreea Cristea, the latest victim of the Westminster attack.— Dr Rosena Allin-Khan (@DrRosena) April 7, 2017 So sad to hear Andreea Cristea has died following Westminster terrorist attack. My thoughts are with her partner, family & friends.— Paul Brummell (@PaulBrummell) April 7, 2017 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

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Woman busted at CJIA with cocaine gets 3 years fined 11M

…said she did it for her kidsNatasha BlairA 37-year-old beautician was on Thursday sentenced to three years in prison and fined $1,117,200 when she appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts for trafficking cocaine.Natasha Blair of Grove Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD) pleaded guilty to the charge after it was read to her by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.The charge stated that on July 2, 2018, while she was an outgoing passenger at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri she attempted to smuggle 532 grams of cocaine.Facts presented to the court stated that on the day in question, the woman was destined for the JFK International Airport when a CANU officer, acting on information received, approached Blair and told her of his suspicion to which she subsequently denied.The mother of two was then cautioned and taken to a medical facility where an x-ray exam revealed foreign objects in her stomach.She was admitted, and subsequently excreted 32 pellets containing suspected cocaine which weighed 322 grams. Moreover the woman had also inserted 210 grams of cocaine in her lower extremity, which was also removed.According to the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), Blair used her body to accomplish ‘two risky concealment methods’, that is, ingestion and insertion.Blair’s attorney, Keoma Griffith, asked that the court show compassion for his client since it was an unfortunate risk she took while citing that she has an 11-month-old baby.Further, the woman was asked if she had anything she wanted to say and she replied “I’m sorry for causing my family any hurt and pain but I did it for my kids”. The tearful woman said as she apologized for her crime.Meanwhile, CANU said that they are now in search of the father of the suspect’s child for questioning into the discovery.He has been identified as Sherwin Stoby called “Kong”. His last know addressed was given as Lot 87 Roxanne Burnham Gardens, Georgetown. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBerbice businesswoman jailed, fined for cocaine traffickingSeptember 21, 2016In “Court”Unemployed woman jailed for 4 years, fined $6.2M for trafficking cocaineSeptember 21, 2017In “Court”Mother carrying toddler intercepted at CJIA after inserting, ingesting cocaineJuly 3, 2018In “Crime” read more

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The 5 at 5 Thursday

first_imgEACH WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you five things you should know before you head out the door…1. #BAILOUT Ireland remains on track to exit the bailout, the IMF mission chief said today following the country’s final review. Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that the credit for the exit goes to the people, and that there is a sense “we’ve come through a very difficult period”.2. #CORK The body of an elderly man was found in a house in Cork today. The scene has been sealed off at Knockgorm in Cloyne, and the office of the State Pathologist has been notified. A post-mortem is due to take place.3. #MARRIAGE The first poll since the announcement of a same-sex marriage referendum has found that 76 per cent of likely voters support the introduction of same-sex marriage into the Constitution. The Red C poll for Paddy Power showed Fianna Fáil supporters are most likely to oppose same-sex marriage.4. #WATER Water restrictions in Dublin are to be lifted from tonight, but water pressure will remain low in the evenings over the coming weeks. Dublin City Council thanked customers for their patience during the water restrictions.5. #IDENTIFIED The young Australian woman found by gardaí in a ‘distressed’ state near the GPO in Dublin a month ago has been moved to the adult mental health care section of the HSE. In the High Court this morning, the representative for her guardian ad litem said she “remains very concerned” about her.last_img read more

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Incredible brain scans reveal intricate inner workings

first_imgIn spite of all we’ve learned as a species, the brain still holds some mysteries. Our behavior, desires, and even many diseases are products of how well the meat between our ears is working. In an effort to better understand how the brain works to produce both genius and dysfunction, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital are taking the highest-resolution brain scans ever attempted. The results are beautiful, and according to scientists, quite enlightening.This project is at the heart of the Human Connectome Project (HCP), which is funded by the National Institutes of Health with $40 million. The HCP custom scanner uses powerful magnets to take its intricate readings, and ‘powerful’ really cannot be stressed enough. The scanner pipes 22MW of power to the magnets, which is about the same wattage produced by a nuclear sub.The vivid 3D computer model of each brain scan looks a bit like bundles of multi-colored wire. Major fiber pathways are color coded so researchers can see how signals traverse the breadth of the brain. This is important because scientists are increasingly of the opinion that many diseases and disorders are associated with distinct structural abnormalities in the brain. One example is Alzheimer’s, which neuroscientists believe could cause disruptions in cingulum fibers near the middle of the cerebrum. This could lead to early detection of the disease.It’s not just devastating diseases like Alzheimer’s that the HCP could detect early. Simple learning disabilities like dyslexia are thought to be marked by variations in the language pathways. These new fibrous diagrams could provide the data to identify these, and other markers with ease.The Human Connectome Project just showed off its first images at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Boston, but the work continues. The NIH is funding HCP for 5 years with the goal of scanning 1,200 Americans. Only 50 full scans have been completed at this time. There’s still a lot to learn.last_img read more

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The 5 at 5 Wednesday

first_imgThe 5 at 5: Wednesday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… Image: Shutterstock/Monica Laveder Short URL EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five biggest stories of the day.1. #MR MOONLIGHT: Patrick Quirke was found guilty of the murder of Bobby Ryan, a part-time DJ known as Mr Moonlight, in the ‘love rival’ trial. 2. #ANA KRIEGEL: The mother of murdered schoolgirl Ana Kriegel said she was instantly worried when she heard that Ana had left her home with Boy B because “nobody ever called for her”. 3. #BEEF: The Taoiseach and other ministers were met with protests from farmers and others before holding a Cabinet meeting in Cork city this morning.4. #ASSANGE: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was sentenced to 50 weeks in jail in the UK for breaching a court order seven years ago.5. #COURT OF ARBITRATION FOR SPORT: Caster Semenya lost her landmark case against athletics’ governing body, the IAAF. The Olympic champion will now have to take medication to reduce her testosterone levels. Share6 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4615326 No Comments May 1st 2019, 4:55 PM Wednesday 1 May 2019, 4:55 PM 8,289 Views By Ceimin Burke Image: Shutterstock/Monica Lavederlast_img read more

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Des repas trop variés pourraient favoriser lobésité

first_imgDes repas trop variés pourraient favoriser l’obésitéPlusieurs études démontrent qu’une trop grande variété d’aliments lors des repas pourrait être l’un des facteurs responsables de surpoids et d’obésité. Elle inciterait une prise alimentaire plus importante quand la “monotonie” aurait à l’inverse, tendance à réduire l’appétit. Selon plusieurs chercheurs et nutritionnistes, une trop grande variété dans les menus pourrait favoriser le développement d’habitudes alimentaires excessives, conduisant à la prise de poids voire à l’obésité chez certains. Face à de nombreux aliments, les personnes seraient en effet davantage tentées de consommer plus que ce que leurs besoins n’exigent. La variété accroitrait ainsi l’appétit comme l’explique les chercheurs de l’Université de Floride Nicole Avena et Mark Gold, cités par RelaxNews : “La diversité des menus favoriserait les excès, particulièrement parmi les sujets développant une dépendance à la nourriture.”À lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?Mais cette étude n’est pas la seule à mettre en évidence l’impact de la variété des menus sur la prise alimentaire. Au cours de précédents travaux, des chercheurs de l’Université d’Etat de New York ont soumis un groupe de femmes, obèses et de poids normal, à un menu identique composé d’un plat de pâtes au fromage. Après cinq jours, ils ont alors observé que les participantes réduisaient progressivement leur portion, indiquant ainsi que des repas “monotones” auraient tendance à réduire l’appétit et donc la prise alimentaire. Des résultats qui se sont avérés pertinents même chez des personnes présentant une dépendance à la nourriture.  Si les chercheurs évoquent la possibilité d’utiliser la monotonie des repas comme stratégie de régime, une porte-parole de la Société américaine de nutrition tient surtout à rappeler l’importance d’une alimentation équilibrée alors que l’obésité est devenue un problème de santé publique dans plusieurs pays, dont la France.   Le 28 juillet 2011 à 15:02 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Real Madrid unveil third kit

first_imgReal Madrid have unveiled their third kit for the 2018-19 season in what appears to be a futuristic idea that promotes recycling.Having gone with mostly predictable combinations of white home kit and black away for the new season. Los Blancos have opted for something a little more adventurous with their corresponding third kit.The recent kit was unveiled worldwide on Monday, the shirt is coral in color and made from recycled plastics collected from the ocean.??? Riding the wave of change in New York. Unveiling @RealMadrid’s new third kit. In collaboration with @parleyxxx. @adidasfootball | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/OrRV8qTWMD— Real Madrid C.F. ???? (@realmadriden) August 6, 2018Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.Manufacturers Adidas have allied with the “Parley For The Ocean” project, the long-term goal of which is to clear the world’s seas of plastic debris by recycling it into football kits.The likes of Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema modeled the new jersey at an exclusive launch event in New York.Real will wear their new kit for the first time when they play Roma in the International Champions Cup in New Jersey on Wednesday, Aug. 7.Perfect for the environment? Probably a winning combination.last_img read more

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We are admired by our gaming

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp“We are admired by our gaming” said Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe as he discussed a wide range of policy issues and in particular the newly tabled Gaming Bill. He was a guest on Connected with Lester R. Cox on Guardian Radio 96.9 FM on Thursday.Commenting on the history and evolution of local gaming, the Minister pointed out that “we’ve been in gaming 100 years, people don’t realize that…..the first casinos were in Bimini” and gambling “was always an amenity” on hotel properties as the government looked for ways to secure hard foreign direct currency to fund government operations and develop the economy.He also pointed out that the ban on Bahamians in land based casinos decades ago was a compromise by the government of the day but it made sense under those circumstances and that structure worked for the development of the local tourism industry and economy with many Bahamians employed in high end jobs in casinos.The illegal participation of Bahamians in gaming or the “numbers” industry started some sixty years ago, but all gaming in a number of countries began as an illegal enterprise said the Minister. “All gaming started – the root was of course illegal, all gaming” and that today “it has gone to the point where you now have technology – technology has changed the game.” He went on to say that the previous administration granted a number of web shop licenses and that opened the gate which brings the country to the next step, which is regulation. “It got to the point where in the last administration licenses were given for business shops. Once that was done, you opened the door – you opened the door for the next step which had to be regularizing what exist today. So that’s what we have done.”Addressing the issue of discrimination against Bahamians as regards land based casinos the Minister said that the new Gaming Bill “allows for the Minister upon moving for regulations to allow Bahamians to go to the casinos and play…the bill now allows for Bahamians to go into casinos after regulations are passed. The Minister now has that authority when he didn’t have the authority before.”The Minister was referring to section 69 of the Gaming Bill 2014 titled “Prohibition in respect of gaming” starting at number 6. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:bahamas, Lester R. Cox, Obie Wilchcombe Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Recommended for you Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Nowlast_img read more

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FNM Chairman predicts 26 seats in next general elections

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 2, 2017 – Nassau – FNM Chairman, Sidney Collie forecasts that their party will win 26 seats in the next general elections.   Add to this, the PLP will get eight in the prediction and five others are up for grabs.  As for where Collie amassed this intriguing data, he said from the party’s polling and that it is no different from what the PLP is doing.While Mr. Collie opted not to share what eight seats he believes the PLP will win; he did say the PLP would retain their strongholds.  According to the PLPs advanced internal polling, that amounts to 14 constituencies; not eight as the FNM has pitched.#MagneticMediaNews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Photo Credit: The Tribunecenter_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

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Editors Note Modified August Schedule for 360

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR With Congress leaving town and the humidity rising, 360 will follow a truncated schedule in August, publishing only on Tuesdays and Fridays. 360 will resume daily publication on Sept. 1.last_img

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House Passes FY19 Defense Spending Package Sending it to White House

first_imgThe Pentagon is on the cusp of receiving a full-year spending measure for fiscal 2019 after the House on Wednesday easily adopted the conference report for a two-bill spending package covering the defense and labor-HHS-education titles. The legislation, which provides $606.5 billion for the base defense budget and $67.9 billion in overseas contingency funds, now goes to President Trump for his signature. Earlier in the day Trump said he would sign the minibus, after threatening to veto it last week because the package doesn’t include $5 billion he is seeking to construct a border wall. “We’re going to keep the government open,” he told reporters Wednesday.The FY 2019 defense spending bill is in line with the administration’s request and spending targets outlined in the authorization bill signed into law last month. The measure funds a 2.6 percent pay raise for troops starting in January and increases end strength by 16,400 spread across active-duty and reserve forces, reports Military Times. The legislation also includes a continuing resolution funding agencies through Dec. 7 that have yet to receive FY 2019 allocations. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Oscars 2019 predictions Who will win best picture best director best actor

first_img4:15 Comments Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice If Bohemian Rhapsody can win best drama at the Golden Globes, who knows what will happen at the Oscars.Oscars 2019 starts giving out gold statues of men on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. PT. Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, Green Book, Roma, A Star is Born and Vice are all up for best picture.With their 10 nominations each, the frontrunners are looking like Roma and The Favourite, but if the Academy decides to make a surprise selection (Moonlight had the most dramatic surprise win) Bohemian Rhapsody and the rest might be in with a chance.It’s equally tight in the best director, best actor and best actress categories, with a few little details that could sway the vote in a big way.Here are the nominees we think will most likely win best picture, director, actor and actress. Oscars 2019: How to write the perfect best picture speech… Tags 4 TV and Movies Best picture1. Roma: Based off its recent BAFTA wins in both the best picture and best director categories, Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma is the safe bet. Also, it’s in black-and-white: The Academy loves its auteurs and their serious arthouse, with voters having tipped their fedoras to recent winners Moonlight and Birdman.2. Green Book: What would hold Roma back and what elevates Green Book, is the general rule of thumb that films with a best film editing nod have a shot at best picture (Birdman is one of the exceptions to this rule). Roma does not have a nomination in the category, but Green Book, The Favourite, BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody and Vice do.Also propelling Green Book is its people’s choice award win at the Toronto International Film Festival. However, the film’s good will, including a Golden Globe for best picture — musical or comedy, has been marred by arguments it’s just another white saviour film a la The Blind Side. Then there’s Viggo Mortensen’s “N-word” interview, Vallelonga’s Islamophobic tweet controversy and a resurfaced article from the ’90s about director Peter Farrelly having a way with flashing people. Not to mention Farrelly (whose other credits include There’s Something About Mary and Shallow Hal) being snubbed in the best director category.3. The Favourite: The Favourite comes off a win at the BAFTAs for best British film and just pips Roma in acting nominations: It has three, one for best actress for Olivia Colman and two in best supporting actress for Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz (who just can’t stop facing off with one another).Rachel Weisz (left) and Emma Stone in The Favourite. Fox Searchlight Pictures Yet surprisingly the British-produced The Favourite lost out to Roma for the BAFTA for best picture. Luckily for The Favourite, the BAFTAs don’t seem to hold much sway in Oscars predictions — last year the BAFTA best picture went to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri instead of eventual Oscar winner The Shape of Water. The two academies haven’t agreed for the three previous years, either.4. BlacKkKlansman: Director Spike Lee has a history of being snubbed by the Oscars, and if the controversy surrounding Green Book catches up to it, Lee might be in with a chance for BlacKkKlansman.But if the Oscars does another Driving Miss Daisy, it’ll pick feel-good odd couple dramedy over Lee’s politically-charged film. While Bruce Beresford’s film won best picture, Lee’s controversial 1989 film Do the Right Thing about racial tension in Brooklyn missed out on best film and best director Oscar nominations, despite its influence and critical acclaim.Even if BlacKkKlansman isn’t the wild card that takes the best picture gong, it’s at least earned Lee his first Oscars best director nod. Long time coming.5. Black Panther: The Marvel hit has a tough battle at the Oscars with the Academy’s aversion to superhero films. That being said, Gravity and The Shape of Water were winners, and like Green Book and BlacKkKlansman, Black Panther tackles current issues such as race and prejudice.6. A Star is Born: The Lady Gaga-starring film lacks in the best director and best editing categories (though it should win best original song for Shallow).7. Vice: The satire has been divisive among critics, despite earning the most Golden Globe nominations of any film.8. Bohemian Rhapsody: Along with criticism of its treatment of both Freddie Mercury’s race and sexuality, Bohemian Rhapsody saw its director Bryan Singer fired for clashes with lead Rami Malek and showing up late to set. He’s also subject to multiple sexual assault allegations, which saw his name removed from Bohemian Rhapsody’s best British film BAFTA nomination.Best directornetflix-amazon-original-stars-29.jpgDirector of BlacKkKlansman Spike Lee. David Banks/Getty Images 1. Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman): Lee could make history this Oscars as the first black filmmaker to win best director. There’s a chance voters will select the Cannes Grand Prix winner over Cuarón, who could have best picture and best cinematography under his belt anyway.2. Alfonso Cuarón (Roma): Having already won best director for Gravity in 2013, Cuarón might have to sit back for a historic win for Lee. However, the auteur directed, wrote, produced, edited and added cinematography to his card on his autobiographical film, so a win would be some celebration of the treasured filmmaker. The Golden Globe best director win helps too.3. Pawel Pawlikowski (Cold War): The Polish filmmaker of the second of the black-and-white foreign language films fared better than his counterpart Cuarón at Cannes where he took best director. He slots in over surprise snub Farrelly and could be a surprise winner for his tale of two lovers.4. Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite): Nominated for best director at the BAFTAs, Lanthimos and his highly original take on the 18th century have some hope of meeting the artful standard the Academy historically looks for.5. Adam McKay (Vice): Previously nominated for The Big Short, McKay has an outside shot here. The polarising response to his irreverent biopic could prove a major setback.Best actorbohemian-rhapsody-movie-queen-rami-malek-7Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. Nick Delany 1. Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody): Winner of the Golden Globe and the BAFTA for best actor, Malek is well and truly the frontrunner for his role as Queen front man Freddie Mercury, arguably the best thing about Bohemian Rhapsody.2. Christian Bale (Vice): With prosthetics and makeup to rival Darkest Hour Oscar winner Gary Oldman, Bale is in the running for what would be his first best actor Oscar. Batman did go the extra mile by gaining that awards-hungry weight to transform himself into former US vice president Dick Cheney.3. Bradley Cooper (A Star is Born): The director and writer of A Star is Born has been losing out to either Malek or Bale in the acting awards categories. At the very least, the Oscars best acting nod just further confirms his serious filmmaker transformation is complete.4. Viggo Mortensen (Green Book): Aragorn with a pot belly and New York accent is some transformation, but Mortensen has been left sitting with Cooper behind Malek and Bale. There’s the problem of him saying the “N-word” during an interview too.5. Willem Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate): Dafoe would be a surprise winner for his lauded work as Vincent van Gogh in the biopic, given his is the lone nod At Eternity’s Gate received at the Oscars.Best actressb3d4d639-0ef1-43fd-b930-29052be683bb-the-wifeGlenn Close plays Joan Castleman in The Wife. Sony Picture Classics 1. Glenn Close (The Wife): The seven-time Oscar nominee shot out of the blocks with a Golden Globe win for best drama actress, and the prospect of a first Close Oscar might sway voters, if they’re not bothered by The Wife’s zero nominations in other categories.2. Olivia Colman (The Favourite): The Queen may get her way after Colman’s BAFTA and comedy/musical Golden Globe wins, despite Colman really being a supporting actress. It helps that The Favourite has 10 nominations overall.3. Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born): A shoo-in for best original song with Shallow, Gaga would be a surprise win if she beats out Close and Colman for a second award.4. Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?): Yes, McCarthy can act. But winning an Oscar for her dark turn as literary forger Lee Israel might be a stretch. Like other transformed comedians, the nod could be reward enough itself.5. Yalitza Aparicio (Roma): It’s a pretty good effort to be nominated for an Oscar in your first role. On top of that, Aparicio is the first Indigenous Mexican to receive a best actress Oscar nomination. But the newcomer beating out Close or Colman would be a David and Goliath feat.Here’s how to watch the 91st Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. PT. Black Panther Target Oscars 2019 Rhapsodylast_img read more

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Dont want anyone to come restore democracy BNP

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirOpposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday said his party believes that only the people can ‘restore’ democracy in Bangladesh, reports UNB.A day after their party’s chairperson’s meeting with Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, the BNP leader came up with the remarks at a discussion at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU).“We meet foreign leaders when they come here to tell them there’s no democracy in Bangladesh and those who are talking about democracy wearing a mask is perplexing the international community,” he said.Fakhrul further said, “We don’t beg anybody’s mercy and we don’t tell anybody to put us in power. We also don’t believe any country will come here to restore democracy.”Mentioning that people restore democracy in the country repeatedly through movement and sacrificing their blood, the BNP leader said, “Their party expects the country’s people will again reclaim their democratic rights through a struggle.”Ganosangskriti Dal arranged the discussion marking the 5th death anniversary of Democratic League’s ex-president Oli Ahad and the 76th birth anniversary of film director Chashi Nazrul Islam.last_img read more

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Iraq hangs 42 prisoners

first_imgIraq has hanged 42 prisoners condemned to death for rape, murdering members of the security forces, car bombings and other attacks, a justice ministry statement said on Monday.It said Sunday’s executions were carried out in Nasiriyah prison in the south after the sentences were confirmed and approved by the presidential council.The families of those sentenced to death were allowed to attend the executions.According to rights group Amnesty International, Iraq carries out one of the world’s highest number of executions after China, Iran and Saudi Arabia.last_img

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Rick and Mortys five best sidecharacters

first_imgAdult Swim’s Rick and Morty has always made the most of its science fiction DNA and delivered crazy worlds with wacky and grotesque characters. Some episodes are structured around showing us as many different realities as possible while other episodes spend more time on a character and their motivations. Either way, this show produces a butt-load of memorable characters that produce some of the best jokes on the show. We’ve picked five as the best (counting all four Ball Fondlers as one) of all 21 existing episodes of Rick and Morty.Krombopulos MichaelKrombopulos Michael, or K. Michael from here on out to save the repeated typing Krombopulos, only appears in a single episode of Rick and Morty, season two’s “Mortynight Run.” His rise in popularity recently can be attributed to a crazy theory about how the show uses the multiverse. It takes a fan-centric turn at the end by suggesting the primary purpose of such a complex twist would be to have K. Michael in Rick and Morty season three. Yes, K. Michael dies in the same episode he’s introduced, which makes him the only character on this list to be a one-and done for the show.K. Michael’s involvement in “Mortynight Run” is just two scenes. First, he buys an anti-matter gun from Rick when Morty parks the car inside a parking structure. Morty is initially appalled Rick is selling weapons to an assassin, bit K. Michael uses the opportunity to give Morty his card, which lists his profession as “Killer” and has his social media contact information. K. Michael isn’t evil or greedy, he just knows what he likes: “I’m very discreet. I have no code of ethics. I will kill anyone, anywhere. Children, animals, old people, doesn’t matter. I just love killing.”K. Michael’s second scene (“Oh boy, here I go killin’ again!”) involves him infiltrating a secure facility where Fart (guest voice Jemaine Clement) is being kept. Before he goes in, we see K. Michael praying to the moon and kissing a heart-shaped locket with the picture of – presumably – K. Michael’s lover before starting the mission. It’s a mission he almost succeeds at, until Morty crashes through the wall and runs him over with Rick’s Spaceship, which was auto-pilot tracking K. Michael’s card.Ball FondlersFirst introduced in “Rixty Minutes” as a television show on interdimensional cable, the Ball Fondlers appear three more times and even got their own story in an issue of the Rick and Morty comic book by Oni Press.Ball Fondlers is a group of mercenaries that is an ultra-violent riff on The A-Team, a TV show from the 1980s. Even though the characters aren’t given names on the show (they’re only seen blowing things up and driving extreme vehicles), in issue #6 of the Rick and Morty comic book, monikers are provided. The team is made up of four action heroes, a shirtless and overly muscular black man (Attila Starwar), an alligator wearing human clothes (Loggins), a redhead dressed like a barbarian (Fulgora), and a crudely drawn man (Benjamin).The Smiths must have kept the interdimensional cable box in the house, because Rick can be seen watching Ball Fondlers briefly in “Something Ricked This Way Comes.” In season two, Ball Fondlers makes two appearances. In “Mortynight Run,” Ball Fondlers is on the television while Rick, Morty, and Fart hide out on the Gear World (in this Ball Fondler’s native dimension?). In “The Ricks Must Be Crazy,” the episode starts with Summer, Rick, and Morty exiting a Ball Fondlers movie in an alternate dimension (the one with the best ice cream, but also giant psychic spiders). Summer notes she’s surprised what the Ball Fondlers movie can get away with an still be rated PG-13SquanchyNot since it was revealed as Agent Fox Mulder’s fated death in The X-Files episode “Clive Bruckman’s Finale Repose” has auto-erotic asphyxiation so memorably crossed into geekery. Squanchy is a small, dirty looking, cat-like creature voiced by Tom Kenny (who voices a ton of stuff, notably he is SpongeBob SquarePants). He’s introduced in the season one finale as what appears to be a one-shot joke: Morty discovering what “squanch” means, or can occasionally mean.When Squanchy is introduced, he uses the word “squanch” as if it has a lot of meanings, i.e. “Squanchy party bro.” He asks Rick if there’s a place he can squanch and it isn’t until minutes later that Morty stumbles across Squanchy masturbating while hanging himself in Rick’s tool closet. He says he’s “squanchin’ in here.”It’s not just an auto-erotic asphyxiation joke, though! Squanchy reappears in Rick and Morty season two where it’s revealed that he’s one of Rick’s oldest friends. Rick, Bird Person, and Squanchy have teamed up in the past (based on framed photos glimpsed in season two) and remain good friends. Bird Person’s ill-fated wedding is hosted on Planet Squanch and Squanchy presides over the ceremony.In the middle of “The Wedding Squanchers,” Squanchy reveals that he has the power to grow into a giant, muscular version of himself if he drinks a liquid hidden in a false tooth. Squanchy gets big and starts to fight the Galactic Federation bug soldiers. We don’t see Squanchy’s ultimate fate, so there’s still room for Rick’s last living best friend to return to the series.Mr. PoopybuttholeMr. Poopybutthole has the distinct honor of being the most memorable character from the Rick and Morty season two episode “Total Rickall,” which had dozens of new characters. The simple design of the character, plus his ridiculous name are both revealed in the cold open of the episode, right after Rick tells us any “zany wacky characters” that pop up are sure to be alien parasites. Mr. Poopybutthole’s presence seems to be the joke that kicks off the episode, until the title sequence starts. Unlike the other season two openings, the opening title sequence for “Total Rickall” includes Mr. Poopybutthole.Mr. Poopybutthole jokes bookend the episode, with the hungry little poopy pants getting shot by Beth at the end of the episode. Unlike the alien parasites, Mr. Poopybutthole keeps his form and bleeds red blood. The post-credits sequence show that Mr. Poppybutthole survived the gunshot wound, but had a long road of physical therapy sessions ahead of him.At the very end of season two, Mr. Poopybutthole re-appears in the post credits sequence of “The Wedding Squanchers” and directly addresses the audience after viewing the same episode we did. It turns out Mr. Poopybutthole has been abusing his pain medication while rehabbing from Beth’s gunshot wound and assaults the pizza delivery man before telling us we’d have to wait “a year and a half” or more for Rick and Morty season three. Luckily, Mr. Poopybutthole was wrong. It’ll be curious to see if he returns this fall to see how the Smiths get out of this jam.Mr. Meeseeks (look at me!)In between season one and two of Rick and Morty, Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland answered some fan questions about Rick and Morty’s upcoming episodes. Harmon revealed that there wouldn’t be that many returning characters from season one, because the many returning characters on his NBC sitcom Community sometimes made him feel like he was making a show full of inside jokes. That doesn’t mean Harmon didn’t have a few regrets about leaving certain characters out. “If I had known how popular Mr. Meeseeks would be, we would have done a Meeseeks episode [for season two].” Harmon told a Comic-Con audience.A Mr. Meeseeks, a temporary sentient entity created by pressing a button on a Meeseeks Box, exists only to complete a single task. That task is supposed to be simple, though the season one episode “Meeseeks and Destroy” shows us that the definition of “simple” can vary. Beth makes a Meeseeks to become a more complete woman and Summer makes a Meeseeks to make her popular at school. Jerry makes a Meeseeks to take two strokes off his golf game, and like Mickey Mouse the sorcerer’s apprentice with the brooms he creates calamity.The Mr. Meeseeks episode aired and Meeseeks t-shirts, pins, and whatnot flooded the fandom. The popularity of “I’m Mr. Meeseeks look at me” was obviously loud enough to be heard by the creators themselves in-between seasons. A Meeseeks does appear in season two of Rick and Morty in the background of Blips N’ Chitz in episode “Mortynight Run.” Presumably he’s there helping someone achieve a high score.HONORABLE MENTIONS:Bird Person – Rick’s long time friend and ally against the Galactic Federation, whose most serious girlfriend ended up being a double agent. Damn.King Jellybean – The pivot point for the season one episode “Meeseeks and Destroy,” King Jellybean sexually assaults Morty in the men’s room and incurs Rick’s wrath later in the episode.Pencilvester – Of the characters from “Total Rickall,” both Rick and Morty seem to love Pencilvester the most. Morty takes Rick out in the garage to execute him (so he doesn’t have to do it in front of Pencilvester) and Rick later begs the tiny pencil man to not be a parasite. Rick then doesn’t have the guts to Pencilvester him and makes Morty do it.last_img read more

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