Employers Warned Against Buying Posters From Third Parties

first_imgEmployers in Nova Scotia should be aware of an individual using aggressive tactics to sell labour standards and occupational health and safety posters to business owners. The Department of Environment and Labour and the Workers Compensation Board recently received complaints from business owners who say they’ve been approached by an individual claiming that certain posters are mandatory under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Labour Standards Code. “We are hearing from employers that the seller is saying businesses could be fined or in non-compliance if they don’t purchase the posters,” said Jim LeBlanc, director of Occupational Health and Safety. “This is not the case.” Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Labour Standards Code, there is certain information that is required to be posted in the workplace. However, the information is available free of charge, through Labour Standards, the Workers Compensation Board and the Occupational Health and Safety division. Government is urging all employers to contact the department at 1-800-952-2687 if they have any questions about what is required to be posted under the law.last_img read more

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Time to Prepare for Hurricane Season

first_imgAs the first Atlantic hurricane of the 2011 season threatens Caribbean locations today, Aug. 24, the Emergency Management Office is reminding Nova Scotians to prepare themselves, their families and their homes for hurricane season. “This is the time of year when hurricanes begin to threaten Nova Scotia and we are asking people to take the time now to get ready,” said Ross Landry, Minister of Justice. “It’s a good time to review your family emergency plan, restock your emergency kit and stay vigilant.” People should keep an eye on long-range forecasts during hurricane season and be ready for severe weather. Families should review or develop an emergency plan that outlines meeting locations, emergency contacts and evacuation plans. They should have a 72-hour emergency kit with adequate food and water, flashlights and a battery, crank or solar powered radio. In case of the need to leave home quickly, it is also a good idea to have emergency supplies and copies of important documents in an emergency go-kit near a door. When severe weather is imminent, outdoor items such as barbecues and lawn furniture should be tied down and vehicles should be fully fuelled. EMO held routine hurricane planning meetings with partners Monday. The office works closely with Environment Canada to monitor severe weather threats and both agencies issue alerts and warnings as necessary. There are no Canadian tropical storm or hurricane warnings at this point. So far this season, there have been nine named tropical storms. None has hit the Maritimes. Typically, one or two hurricanes have an impact on Nova Scotia each year. These storms can happen between early June and late November, with late August and September traditionally being the most active period. For more information on hurricane and severe weather preparations, go to www.gov.ns.ca/emo. Weather warnings are available at www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/warnings/ns_e.html .last_img read more

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Saving Omar Khadr We plugged all the holes chopper medic recounts

first_imgTORONTO – ‘This is human life’For years the battle-hardened and decorated American veteran wrestled with his conscience, with whether he’d done the right thing in saving the life of Omar Khadr, seen by many as a terrorist who profited from his crimes.Now, watching the furor over the government’s $10.5-million payout to Khadr from afar, Donnie Bumanglag wants to tell his story, offer a perspective born of bitter experience — one he admits may not be popular with many Canadians, or even some of his own former comrades in arms.Bumanglag, of Lompoc, Calif., 36, has spent years coming to terms with his former life as an elite airborne medic supporting U.S. special forces during three missions to Afghanistan and Iraq. He’s been haunted by flashbacks, frequently thrown back to that time in the summer of 2002, when he spent hours in the back of a helicopter frantically working on Khadr, then 15 years old and at the very edge of death.“This is a human life. This is war. This is something that most people can’t fathom, and they want to be real quick to give an opinion just because it makes them feel good about themselves,” Bumanglag said. “(But) there’s more to this story than just talking points.”The following account is based on interviews Bumanglag gave to The Canadian Press, as well as on a recent podcast he co-hosts in which he talks about saving Khadr.***Little guy on a doorDoc Buma, as the 21-year-old Ranger medic was known, was looking forward to leaving the remote area of Afghanistan in which he had been operating for more than a month and heading to Bagram for a shower and some downtime before redeploying to Kandahar.Instead, as they flew toward Bagram that day in July 2002, a distress call came in. The MH-53 helicopter veered toward Khost and an encounter that would stay with him for years.Edmund Sealey, then the Rangers platoon sergeant, remembers the call coming in with orders to divert and pick up an “enemy fighter” who had been shot.“I was on the aircraft. We picked up that casualty in a firefight,” Sealey, 47, now of Columbus, Ga., said from Afghanistan where he still works as a contractor. “With Buma being a Ranger medic, he’s going to assist as soon as you get on board, enemy or friendly, it doesn’t matter.”With the chopper gunners providing covering fire, they landed in a field. Sealey led the way, Bumanglag behind him, as they threaded their way through a suspected minefield, down a road, and connected with a group of U.S. special forces soldiers.On what appeared to be a wooden door lay the wounded enemy fighter, shot twice by one of the elite Delta forces. The soldiers had found the casualty barely alive in a compound the Americans had pounded to rubble during a massive assault. One of their own, Sgt. Chris Speer, had been fatally hit by a grenade, and another, Layne Morris, blinded in one eye. It was apparent to the incoming medic that the Delta soldiers were in “some pretty severe distress” over the loss of their comrade.“There’s a look on somebody’s face when the whole world went to shit 10 minutes ago and it’s too much to process,” Bumanglag says.As he recalls, the soldiers gave him bare-bones biographical data on the casualty: The fighter had killed Speer. He was a Canadian who had been Osama bin Laden’s “houseboy.” They also told him to keep the high-value detainee alive because he would be a vital source of information and passed him off.Bumanglag was now charged with saving Khadr, son of a high-ranking member of al-Qaida. He didn’t know Khadr was 15 years old, but his youth struck him.“I don’t know if I can call him a little kid but he sure looked little to me. He’s 80 pounds or something. He’s a little guy who’s on a door, basically,” Bumanglag says.They moved the patient up the ramp and the chopper took off. The medic immediately began working to save the boy, who was covered in blood and sand.“Omar, with gunshot wounds and flex cuffs like an animal had been shot, didn’t look human,” Bumanglag recalls. “But moving in closer and working on him as a patient and seeing the facial features and seeing the skin pigmentation, those images always stuck with me.”Khadr, it turned out, bore a striking resemblance to one of Bumanglag’s cousins, which bothered the young medic then, and for years after.“All I seen was a kid that looks like a kid that I knew.”***Everybody is jihadAs the chopper bobbed and weaved toward Bagram, Doc Buma worked to stabilize his disoriented, barely conscious patient, who was writhing and moaning in pain. At the other soldiers’ insistence, Khadr’s hands remained handcuffed behind his back out of concern he might turn violent.Bumanglag’s main task was to deal with Khadr’s two gaping bullet exit wounds on his chest. His head raced with thoughts about whether he should save the life of this “terrorist,” whether he’d have enough medical supplies for his own guys should something happen. He even pondered pushing the enemy fighter out the chopper and being done with it.“He’s rocking his body around everywhere,” he says. “I took it as aggression. You get this idea that everybody is jihad and they’re going to fight to the death.”Then there was his ego, he admits: the notion that saving this captive would earn him praise, would show he had what it took. So he kept working, trying to staunch the bleeding.“My mission, my job was just to save him, keep him alive. There was no politics in it then. I was a young Ranger and this was my chance,” Bumanglag says. “I worked on him for over two hours in the back of a helicopter as the sun went down. At the end, I’m working under finger light.”He kept working, and Khadr kept living, not saying anything, just making noises.“His body indicated that he was a pretty brave guy. He fought for his life just as much as we fought to save him,” Bumanglag says. “Some people have a will to live and some people don’t. He definitely did.”They finally touched down at Bagram.“We plugged all the holes and we tried to keep things viable,” he says. “I pass him off and I don’t know whether he’s going to live or die.”What he did know was that Khadr hadn’t died on his watch and it was therefore mission accomplished — one for which he would later be commended for by his superiors. It would take another year or so before Bumanglag learned that Khadr had survived.***Things thought about for yearsOmar Khadr, born in September 1986 in Toronto spent several months recovering from his wounds at Bagram, where, from the moment he was conscious and able to speak, he underwent what were, by most accounts, some of the harshest interrogations the Americans had devised in the War on Terror.A few months later, in October 2002, he was transferred to Guantanamo Bay. He had just turned 16.It was in his early days at the infamous U.S. military prison in Cuba that Canadian intelligence officers went down to interrogate him. The Americans made the interviews conditional on having the information he provided passed on to them. The Canadians also knew the teen had been subjected to the “frequent flyer program,” a brutal process of sleep deprivation designed to soften him up.Video would surface years later of a weeping teen, now realizing the Canadian agents weren’t there to help him, whimpering for his mother.Khadr ultimately pleaded guilty to five war crimes in 2010 before a widely discredited military commission. He later disavowed his confession to having killed Speer, saying it was the only way the Americans would return him to Canada, which happened in 2012.The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the federal government had violated Khadr’s rights. The ruling underpinned the recent settlement of his lawsuit in which Ottawa apologized to him and, sources said, paid him $10.5 million.“If you say you’d go through what he went through for $10 million, you’re out of your mind, and that’s the truth,” Bumanglag says.Khadr has said he no longer remembers the firefight and would not comment on Bumanglag’s account.***‘I’m glad I saved his life’Doc Buma returned to his native California and left the military in 2003. He became a police officer, working anti-narcotics, for almost 10 years. Ultimately, the flashbacks, the post-traumatic stress bested him and he retired as a cop about five years ago. He studied educational psychology, he said, as part of trying to sort himself out.He took up co-hosting a podcast, Sick Call, in which he and a fellow vet talk about a variety of issues, including topics related to the military and law enforcement. In one recent episode, he talks about Khadr. It’s all part educating others, part therapy for himself, he says.The years since his days in the military, when he was ready to drop everything at a moment’s notice and heed the call of duty wherever it took him, he says, have afforded him time to grow up, to gain some perspective on war, on his life as a soldier, on demonizing people he has never met or with whom he has no personal quarrel.“I’ve been on the worst combat missions. I bought into the ideology. Now it’s time for reflection,” he says.Time and again, he is careful to make clear he intends no disrespect to Speer’s relatives or to Morris and empathizes with what they have lost.“Omar lost his eye, too. I don’t know how much more symbolic that can be.”At the same time, he is clear that Speer and Morris were grown men who had signed on the line to become elite professional soldiers, knowing the risks of their jobs.On the other hand, Bumanglag also makes it clear he empathizes with the young Canadian who was taken by his father to another country and thrown into an ideologically motivated war over which he had no control.As a married father of four, Bumanglag says it’s naive to believe Khadr could somehow have just walked away from the compound his father had sent him to. More to the point, he says, had he found himself as Khadr did that fateful day in July — under heavy bombardment with the fighting men dead and the enemy closing in for the kill, he likely would not have hesitated to throw a grenade.“What happens if the shoe is on the other foot? This is the scenario that I’ve played in my head,” Bumanglag says, his mind turning to those who are furious at the Canadian government’s settlement with Khadr.“They can be upset but the reality is that they don’t understand the full story. I don’t think any of us do.”Doc Buma says he no longer frets that he should have let Khadr die.“Everybody may hate him but I’m glad I saved his life,” he says. “It just wasn’t his time then.”last_img read more

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Foreign workers long wait almost over for Halifax businessmans fraud trial

first_imgHALIFAX – Some of them were allegedly paid as little as $3.13 an hour for cleaning jobs that involved working as many as 300 hours a month.Now, Filipino foreign workers who were allegedly taken advantage of by a Halifax businessman say the four-year wait for a trial has left them stressed and anxious.Hector Mantolino, owner and operator of Mantolino Property Services Ltd., was charged in June 2013 with 56 counts of immigration fraud following a Canada Border Services Agency investigation.His trial is scheduled for Dec. 5 and 6.Mantolino, 55, briefly appeared in Nova Scotia Supreme Court Monday, and a teleconference with lawyers and Justice Glen McDougall was set for Oct. 12 to update the status of a disclosure application.Liza Alcantara, one of 28 alleged victims, said they were hired to work at Mantolino’s property maintenance and cleaning company under the federal temporary foreign worker program, and many are anxious for the court process to be over so they can continue building their lives in Canada.The 47-year-old mother of two young men says she has not been able to “live peacefully” since coming to Canada five years ago, as she and the other victims have been preoccupied with the case since Mantolino was charged.“It’s been stressful for us,” said Alcantara outside of court on Monday. “All of us wanted to have a peaceful life, not to be thinking about what will happen to our case.”About a dozen alleged victims — some with small children — sat across the aisle from Mantolino during Monday’s proceeding.Mantolino is accused of advising foreign workers to provide misleading and untruthful statements on their work permit applications. He’s also accused of providing false statements to multiple federal departments regarding the workers’ employment conditions, such as their rate of pay.He allegedly counselled the workers to lie about their wages if they wanted to stay in Canada — some were working for wages as low as $3.13 per hour.An information to obtain a search warrant filed in Dartmouth provincial court said the alleged offences occurred between Jan. 1, 2010 and April 4, 2013.The document said in January 2013, an employee who worked for Mantolino came forward to the Canada Border Services Agency with information.The agency learned Mantolino — who immigrated to Canada from the Philippines in 1994 — was allegedly providing fraudulent employment contracts with inflated salaries and obtaining labour market assessment reports through fraud for the purpose of obtaining foreign workers, the document said.“The workers are aware that they will not be making the stated wage. However, Mantolino takes additional funds off of the employees’ actual salaries and provides them less hours of employment then promised,” it said.The document says Mantolino was also allegedly providing immigration services for a fee and completing applications that contained false statements about the employees’ true salaries. The applications were built on those employees’ work permits which were initially obtained through fraud, it said.The information said Jason Sta Juana, 38, and his wife paid Mantolino $8,000 — $1,500 each for “job offers” and $2,500 each for Matolino to submit immigration applications. New workers reported giving Mantolino similar amounts to come work in Canada, it said.Sta Juana’s pay stub showed that he was paid $13.10 per hour, but $3.90 was allegedly deducted off of each hour, something that was described in Mantolino’s accounting books as a “cash advance.” Sta Juana was therefore actually paid $9.20 per hour, but his CPP, EI and income tax deductions were based on a rate of $13.10, so he suffered a further loss of income, the document said.“He has never been paid the amount that shows on his pay stub,” it said.The document said new workers from the Philippines were paid a rate of $500 a month, equating to about $3.13 per hour.Raymond Basilio, 38, attended court Monday and said he was paid $3.13 for the first 160 hours per month, at which time his pay increased to $5. He said he was working as many as 300 hours a month, pulling in a monthly pay cheque of around $1,200.“We couldn’t even afford to buy a cup of coffee at Tim Hortons,” said Alcantara, adding that many workers were sending money to people back home in the Philippines while also trying to pay their rent and bills in Halifax.Temporary foreign workers have the same rights as Canadian workers, and as of April 2012, employers were required to pay experienced employees $10.15 per hour and inexperienced employees $9.65, the document said.Amelita Dela Cruz, another alleged victim, told an investigator that some workers were told they had to give Mantolino their income tax refund money “because Mantolino claims he was the one who paid the tax for them.”“(Dela Cruz) stated, ‘We have no voice to complain. All my friends are afraid.’ She feels that if she doesn’t do things according to Mantolino, he will have her sent back to the Philippines,” the document said.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

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Oil lobby group calls for more timely regulatory regime for pipelines

first_imgOTTAWA — The country’s largest oil-and-gas lobby group is urging all political parties in the run-up to the federal election to support major pipeline and LNG projects and to create a regulatory regime that would allow these projects to be completed faster.The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers released its federal energy “platform” today, outlining the issues facing the oil-and-gas industry and ways the federal government can create better conditions for growth in the sector.CEO Tim McMillan says Canada has lost its competitive edge as a result of regulatory and policy changes that have scared investors away.He says it should be a priority for government to ensure major pipeline projects like Trans Mountain are completed to allow oil producers to sell to global markets, where energy demand is growing.The group also joined Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters and the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors in calling for the House of Commons to adopt the nearly 200 amendments the Senate has made to the Liberals’ new environmental-assessment legislation.They say without the Senate’s proposed changes, Bill C-69 would make it too difficult to get energy projects built in Canada.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Triple murder over land dispute

Police investigations have revealed that a triple murder in Bulathsinhala today was over a land despite.The three victims aged 92, 85 and 60 were found dead this morning following a telephone call received over the police emergency number. The police said that the victims were a father, mother and son, all of the same family.According to the police media unit, the three bodies were found in the house of the victims.

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Brock spirit runs high at Rankin Cancer Run

A record number of Brock community members laced up their running shoes to take part in the Rankin Cancer Run last Saturday.In total, 106 people pounded the pavement for the Brock team, joining more than 11,575 Niagarans in the charity run in St. Catharines. The team was put together by Student Life and Community Experience. The group also raised $2,438.50 to support local cancer treatment and support organizations. Saturday’s edition of the Rankin Cancer Run — the eighth annual — raised about $675,000 for the cause.Curtis Gadula, manager of off-campus living, placed third overall in the five-kilometre race.View photos of Brock University at the Rankin Cancer Run

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New report on UN staff shows women equaling men in numbers not

A new report on staffing at the United Nations shows women catching up with men in terms of the number of those recruited, but females still hold lower-level jobs. The percentage of women in UN posts subject to geographical considerations under the Organization’s quota system has jumped to 41.8 per cent from 38.1 per cent in 1999.Aside from those posts set aside to fill geographic quotas, the global gender distribution of Secretariat staff shows a nearly balanced female-male ratio of 51.2 per cent to 48.8 per cent. The numbers, however, do “not reveal important differences in gender representation by grade, category and by department or office,” the report notes. Women account for just 17.3 per cent of the 52 Under-Secretaries-General and Assistant Secretaries-General. Among the 383 Directors below them, women comprise just 30.6 per cent. These are the decision-making and senior staff. With regard to posts subject to the quota system, the Office of Human Resources and Management (OHRM) has more female professionals, with a ratio of 37 women to 27 men, but in the Department of Political Affairs (DPA), there are 41 women compared to 60 men in those jobs. Women are 40 per cent of the middle-level Professional staff and 62 per cent of the 6,745 General Service mainly secretarial staff, according to the report. read more

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Afghanistan UNbacked disarmament programme officially ends

After today no one will be allowed to use or move weapons, other than members of security organisations or those licensed to do so by the Ministry of Interior, UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) spokesman Adrian Edwards told a news briefing in Kabul, the capital. But today is not the end of the phase of the DDR which aims to reintegrate ex-soldiers into civil society – that continues until mid-2006. So far reintegration has been made available to 52,509 people, Mr. Edwards added. As of yesterday the DDR, launched in October 2003, had resulted in 61,417 former combatants being disarmed and 34,726 light and medium weapons collected. Although today is the final day of disarmament and demobilization, Afghanistan’s New Beginnings Programme (ANBP) will, at the request of the Ministry of Defence, continue to process armed units that have already handed in their lists.Some 34,726 light and medium weapons have been collected under the DDR process, of which 14,754 have been handed to the Ministry of Defence, with the remainder held by the Afghan National Army and available when required. read more

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How filmmakers used 3D scanner to create replica of The Goldfinch painting

The picture, measuring just 33.5cm by 22.8cm, is… The Mauritshuis in The Hague is expecting even more visitors once the film is released following its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. A 17th-century painting of a bird chained to its perch hangs in one of Holland’s foremost museums, attracting increasing numbers of visitors after it inspired a Pulitzer prize-winning novel. Now, with the latest technology and old-fashioned artistry, a replica of Carel Fabritius’s The Goldfinch has been recreated down to the exquisite picture’s finest brushstrokes for a Hollywood adaptation of Donna Tartt’s 2013 bestseller, starring Nicole Kidman, the Oscar-winning actress.

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Flight Search le comparateurs de billets davions de Google

first_imgFlight Search : le comparateurs de billets d’avions de GoogleFlight Search, c’est le nom du tout nouveau service lancé par Google. Un comparateur de prix de billets d’avion attendu après le rachat de la société ITA par le géant de la recherche sur Internet.Google vient de lancer un nouvel outil de recherche baptisé Flight Search. Il s’agit d’un comparateur de vols, permettant en un simple clic d’accéder aux tarifs et horaires des différentes compagnies aériennes. Ce service était attendu, suite au rachat par le géant de Mountain View de la firme ITA, spécialisée dans les logiciels d’information sur les transports aériens. Une acquisition annoncée le 1er juillet dernier. “Depuis, nos équipes d’ingénieurs ont travaillé en collaboration étroite pour concevoir un nouvel outil qui puisse fournir des résultats plus rapides, souples et utiles pour la recherche de voyages en ligne”, affirme Google dans un communiqué.À lire aussiLa tragique histoire de l’homme évacué d’un avion à cause de son odeurComme toujours, le géant de la recherche sur Internet mise sur une interface épurée. Les résultats des recherches de vols, qui peuvent être organisés selon divers critères, sont accompagnés d’une carte Google Maps affichant le trajet. Pour l’heure, Flight Search ne fonctionne en revanche qu’aux Etats-Unis, et dans un nombre de villes restreint. Et seuls des allers-retours économiques sont pour le moment proposés. Mais Google promet de rapides mises à jour.Ce service vient compléter Hotel Finder, un service de réservation d’hôtels en ligne mis en service en juillet dernier par la firme de Mountain View.Le 14 septembre 2011 à 17:48 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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The Best Doctor Who Funko Pops

first_img Doctor Who is one of the most beloved science fiction TV series of all time, and for a good reason. It’s got action, intrigue, romance, and plenty of characters to fall for. It should come as no surprise that there are so many Funko Pops that spawned from the show, then. If you’re a true Whovian, you’ll want to collect them all, but make sure you nab all of these first. You won’t regret adding them to your shelf with all the other awesome Pops you’ve amassed over the years. Just make sure you don’t put The Silence by the Eleventh Doctor, because chill, she and the Tenth are who everyone ships, duh. Here are the best Doctor Who Funko Pops!View as: One Page Slides1. TARDISYou’re just not a Doctor if you don’t have your own TARDIS. This one probably isn’t bigger on the inside, though. Currently $16.99 at Amazon. Purchase Here.2. DalekEX-TER-MIN-ATE! But leave this little cutie intact. It’ll roll its way into your heart. Currently $9.99 at Amazon. Purchase Here.3. Weeping AngelDon’t turn your back on this guy, and whatever you do, DON’T BLINK!Currently $9.97 at Amazon. Purchase Here.4. The SilenceYou don’t even have to make marks on your arm to remember how cute The Silence Funko Pop is. Hooray!Currently $10.00 at Amazon. Purchase Here.5. River SongSpoilers! This River Song Funko Pop is just as mysterious as the real thing. Currently $10.34 at Amazon. Purchase Here.6. AdiposeGet this adorable marshmallow villain. Even Adipose’s lil tooth is cutely displayed for the world to see. Give him a good home today!Currently $11.59 at Amazon. Purchase Here.7. CybermanYou will be DELETED…if you don’t take this Cyberman Pop figure home. Currently $8.52 at Amazon. Purchase Here.8. Captain Jack HarknessThe hunky Jack Harkness is here to save the day and look good while doing it. Currently $10.37 at Amazon. Purchase Here.9. Rory – The Last CenturionLet the boy who waited grace your home and buy him today. Here’s Rory in his famous Centurion outfit, loyal as ever.Currently $15.45 at Amazon. Purchase Here.10. K-9Everyone’s favorite robot dog. It’s a Doctor’s best friend K-9!Currently $23.89 at Amazon. Purchase Here.11. Tenth Doctor (With Hand)This Tenth Doctor comes with his own hand that he’s been saving for a rainy day (Doctor Who fans will know all about why.) Currently $7.59 at Amazon. Purchase Here.12. Eleventh DoctorCapture the crazy shenanigans of the Eleventh Doctor with this figure. Fish sticks and custard not included.Currently $11.55 at Amazon. Purchase Here.13. Twelfth DoctorThe wily Twelfth Doctor doesn’t take any guff from anyone, certainly not from you, so you’d better pick up his Pop figure.Currently $11.95 at Amazon. Purchase Here. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Taco Bell Gives Sneak Peek of Its InstaWorthy Palm Springs Hotel

first_img You can now get your Taco Bell fix on vacation: The American fast food chain is opening The Bell: A Taco Bell Hotel and Resort in Palm Springs, California, and the Insta-worthy hub is out of this world.On Thursday, Taco Bell announced that people can start booking reservations for The Bell on June 27, starting at 1 p.m. EST on the hotel’s website, Fox News reported. Along with this update, Taco Bell teased a couple of pictures of The Bell and they give fans a sneak peek of the hotel’s amenities, activities, and “hot” accommodations.“First check-in begins Aug. 8, with final check-out Aug. 12, with no minimum night stay,” Taco Bell said in a press statement to Fox News. “If Taco Bell’s history of creating coveted fan experiences is any indication, reservations for this four-night-only hotel will be snapped up in moments.”It’s almost time to book your reservation…Reservations for #TheBell open June 27 at 10 AM PT and you’re not gonna want to miss this.— Taco Bell (@tacobell) June 20, 2019Staying at the hotel surprisingly won’t break the bank either, since pricing starts at $169 per night. Taco Bell transformed an existing hotel into the taco-themed destination, which offers 70 rooms with either one king-sized bed or two queen-sized beds. Visitors can also choose a standard view room or splurge a bit on a poolside view during their stay.First looks — The Bell: Taco Bell Hotel and Resort in Palm Springs, CA. Reservations open June 27 @ 10am PST. pic.twitter.com/HK789pdL2V— Matt Prince (@Matt_Prince) June 20, 2019When visitors come to The Bell, they’re thrown into a taco-themed paradise: From the guest rooms, to the outdoor bar, to the pool, Taco Bell’s branding comes to life in bright colors, slogans, and designs. According to The Bell’s website, there will be Taco Bell room service and other fun activities on-site, including a Taco Bell-themed nail salon and gift shop.@thekatiewilson How the rooms and pool area will look like at the Taco Bell hotel! I really hope you’re able to reserve a room! pic.twitter.com/FzpVaIGwSf— Vincent (@Spartan559) June 20, 2019If you’re interested in staying at The Bell, you’re going to want to act fast: Taco Bell expects rooms to sell out very quickly, so make sure to get online early next week to plan your taco-themed getaway.More on Geek.com:‘Avengers: Endgame’ Fans Can Rent Tony Stark’s Rural Cabin on AirbnbThis Massive Idaho ‘Potato’ Is Now a Cozy Airbnb You Can Stay In‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’ at Disneyland: Here’s What It’s Like Inside PewDiePie Pulls $50,000 Pledge to Anti-Hate Group After Fan BacklashPolice Arrest Dutch YouTubers for Trespassing Area 51 Site Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Annual meetings coming up on port boards calendar

first_imgRidgefield – The Port of Ridgefield Board of Commissioners will hold its Ridgefield Economic Development Corporation annual meeting at 2:50 p.m. and its regularly scheduled meeting at 3 p.m. Wednesday.The board will also attend the Washington Public Ports Association annual spring meeting May 17 to 19 at the Suncadia Resort located at 3600 Suncadia Trail in Cle Elum.last_img

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POLICE CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE BURGALARIES AND THEFTS

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, NOVEMBER 7, 2013- The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are investigating a number of incidents reported between Tuesday November 5th and yesterday Wednesday November 6th on the island of Providenciales. Thieves have reportedly made way with goods in three containers on the island, an inventory is currently being done to determine the items that were was stolen. The RTCIPF are also investigating burglaries where an undetermined number of laptops, sums of cash and a flat screen television were stolen. There is an investigation ongoing where a firearm was discharged however no one was injured.last_img

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To power Prime oneday shipping Amazon asks sellers to send it more

first_img Post a comment Internet The warehouse promotion starts in June and will run through January. To receive the discount, sellers will need to have sold 60 or more of a product every month, or have products that were selected specifically by Amazon. Sellers also will need to maintain certain inventory levels with Amazon.Amazon last month helped kick off a push for more one-day shipping of online purchases, with e-commerce experts predicting fellow retailers will try to speed their deliveries, too, to keep up. Walmart was the first to act, with the company announcing plans to start one-day shipments of up to 220,000 products in Las Vegas and Phoenix. By year’s end, Walmart expects to reach about 75% of the US population.This push could encourage people to spend more online, which still accounts for just 10% of US retail spending, helping companies like Amazon continue to grow.”As we evolve our Prime shipping offer to a one-day delivery promise, we’re continuing to invest in opportunities, like lowering fees, to help selling partners provide even more one-day selection for customers and increase sales,” an Amazon spokeswoman said in a statement Thursday. What Amazon’s one-day shipping means for you Tags 0 Now playing: Watch this: Independent merchants account for about 58% of Amazon’s total online sales. John Macdougall/AFP/Getty Images Amazon is offering deep warehouse discounts to its sellers in a bid to jump-start its Prime one-day shipping program.The company last month announced plans to transition its popular Prime membership deliveries from two-day shipping to one day. To increase the number of items it can offer for one-day delivery, Amazon will need to have more stuff spread around its US warehouses, where it can be closer to more customers.So, the company on Wednesday sent out an email to sellers, offering discounts of up to 75% on Amazon warehouse storage fees in exchange for sellers storing more of their most popular products with the company. Amazon stores, packages and ships independent sellers’ items through a program called Fulfillment by Amazon. If the plan works as expected, these merchants will sell more stuff and Amazon will be able to promote a large selection of one-day shipping inventory. Plus, consumers will benefit from faster shipping of more products. These independent merchants are particularly important for Amazon to power one-day shipping, since they account for about 58% of Amazon’s total online sales. Amazon directly sells the rest.A potential loser in this scenario would be a rival retailer who ships items more slowly and ends up losing sales to the e-commerce juggernaut.”We did this because customers love getting their orders quickly, and we have found they order more products when there is a one-day delivery promise,” the email said about the move to one-day shipping. 0:55 Share your voice Amazon Prime Amazonlast_img read more

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Grand Theft Auto V Special and Collectors editions announced

first_imgAs soon as Grand Theft Auto V was announced retailers started allowing you to place a speculative pre-order. However, we didn’t know about any special editions of the game until today, and now Rockstar Games has announced two of them.First up we’ve got the GTA V Special Edition, which includes the following extras:Blueprint Map – 21.5 x 26.75-inch map of Los Santos and Blaine County complete with points of interestOutfits and Tattoos – bonus outfits and tattoos for all three main player charactersSpecial Ability Boost – allows each character’s special ability bar to regenerate 25% fasterSteelbook and Artwork – metallic casing for the game disc including exclusive double-sided artworkStunt Plane Trails – added challenges for the player involving stunt plane trailsWeapons – Ammunation will offer the pistol, .50, Bullpup shotgun, and Hammer for free If that isn’t enough for you, then there’s the Collector’s Edition. It includes everything from the Special Edition as well as the following extras:Custom Characters for GTA Online – in the Grand Theft Auto Online Character Creation System you’ll have access to characters from older GTA gamesNew Era 9FIFTY Snapback Cap – exclusive cap with Los Santos embroidered on the front, Rockstar Games on the left side, and the GTA V logo on the right sideSecurity Deposit Bag and Logo Key – 10.75 x 8.5-inch money bag with a pop-up lock for the key complete with Rockstar logo and security mountUnique Garage and Vehicles – custom garage that has a 1930’s-style Hotknife hotrod and CarbonRS sports bike already inside. For GTA Online you get the Khamelion electric car.Premium Box – outer packaging is a matte, scuff-resistant film lamination box with foil embossed GTA V logoOf course, you’ll be paying quite the premium to get hold of one of these editions. While the standard game is set to cost $59.99, the Special Edition is $79.99. The Collector’s Edition is only for the hardcore GTA player though, as it costs $149.99. Quantities of both editions are thought to be very limited, so if you want either one you need to pre-order it ASAP.Now read: Open world action: 7 games like Grand Theft Autolast_img read more

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Five alternative terms you can use instead of LGBT

first_img‘LGBT’ is arguably the most common term to describe the collective lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Why do bisexual people hide their sexuality more than gay people?The gay agenda is finally revealed and it’s beautifulIcons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/five-alternative-terms-instead-lgbt/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- But some people believe ‘LGBT’ is too limiting, choosing to add a plus sign at the end (‘LGBT+’) to include the rest of the community.While others believe we should spell out all of the letters to make sure everyone is included.There are different variations for longer initialisms but a popular agreed upon one is: ‘LGBTTIQQ2SA’. This means Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, 2-Spirited and Allies.Photo: Brett Sayles / PexelsBut it doesn’t stop there – there’s a whole array of sexualities and gender identities people can use on top of that.There are also flags for each identity and sometimes sub-groups within these identities, like bears and twinks within the gay male community, for example.There is no one consensus on what umbrella term is the most appropriate.So what initialism should you use?At Gay Star News, we use LGBTI.This is because the ‘I’ (which stands for intersex) does not fit under any other gender or sexuality. It exists as its own separate entity.We first introduced the initialism because it started to become more popular in Australia and Asia. The first three initials in ‘LGBTI’ stand for three separate and distinct sexualities. While the ‘T’ represents gender and the ‘I’ represents sex.Kimberly Zeizelman is the executive director of interACT – one of the world’s largest intersex organizations.She told Gay Star News last year: ‘The danger of intersex being aligned with the LGBT community is there’s an assumption that it’s to do with sexual orientation,’ Kimberly said.center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Photo: Sharon McCutcheon / Pexels ‘That’s the issue with transgender as well, which is not a sexual orientation.‘Intersex is just a physical state of being. It’s how you were born. Transgender is how you were born as well, but with your mind not matching up with your body,’ Kimberly said.What alternatives are there for LGBT?Activist organizations such as GLAAD use LGBTQ. While UK-based charity Stonewall simply use LGBT and the New York Times style guide (2013) uses L.G.B.T.But there other options.Photo: Lisa Moffatt / FlickrWe compiled a handy guide to all of the many types of sexualities and gender identities within the community.We’ve also now come up with a list of five alternative terms to use instead of LGBT.1. DGS: Diverse Genders and SexualitiesThis is also known as Gender and Sexual Diversity (GSD)2. MOGAI: Marginalized Orientations, Gender And IntersexInclusive umbrella term (see also: MOGII – Marginalized Orientation, Gender Identity, and Intersex)3. GSM: Gender and Sexual MinoritiesThis could be anyone who doesn’t identify as cisgender and/or heterosexual4. QUILTBAG: Queer/Questioning, Undecided, Intersex, Lesbian, Trans (Transgender/Transsexual), Bisexual, Asexual, and/or Gay/Genderqueer.Author Sadie Lee coined this term in 2006 as a handy mnemonic device.5. QueerThis term is very popular among certain demographics (especially younger generations).Historically used as an insult, younger LGBTI people are reclaiming the word as a form of empowerment.But for many, the stigma, shame and negative connotations of the word still persist (particularly in older generations).Queer is also a widely used term in academia (i.e. ‘queer theory’) as well as in reference to art, film and TV.NYC Pride 2013. | Photo: Shinya Suzuki / FlickrSo, what do you think?Take Our PollGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

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Cancuns Terminal 5 likely built after expansion of Terminal 4 and train

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — While the construction of Terminal 5 of the Cancun International Airport is a go, officials say they are uncertain as to if it will be started over the next five years.Director of the airport, Carlos Trueba Coll, explained that before construction of Terminal 5 begins, the Master Development Plan 2019-2023 will see the expansion of Terminal 4, possibly to double its current capacity.He says that while Aeropuertos del Sureste (ASUR) talks about a multi-million dollar investment, some existing terminal areas will first be consolidated, in particular, the expansion of the T4 which will occur in two stages.Carlos Trueba Coll, Director Aeropuerto de CancúnAs it stands now, the T4 can handle up to 9 million passengers per year, however with the expansion, that could be increased to between 18 to 20 million passengers. He explained that Terminals 2 and 3 are also part of the improvement program that would see better security and infrastructure.As for Terminal 1, which is not used now that VivaAerobus and Magnicharters have been relocated to Terminal 2, Trueba said that it will remain operative if needed. “Let’s say it remains as a reserve.”While there has been talk of building a hotel, the profile of the project along with the environmental impact statement have not been included in the short term investment plans of the airport.Asur will, however, build a large intermodal terminal in Cancun which will link up with the Maya Train. The participation of Asur in the construction of a passenger terminal that will link the Cancun International Airport with the Maya Train is confirmed and has been presented to the team of president-elect, Andrés Manuel López Obrador.That project consists of a large intermodal terminal that would serve both the passenger segment and the cargo segment, said Rogelio Jiménez Pons, the upcoming head of the National Fund of Tourism Promotion.“We will seek to maximize the potential of investments that the Maya Train can have, both in the tourist segment and in the cargo segment, hence the terminal being built with the maximum possible versatility in terms of uses and services.”He also says that a project is being worked on with the airport concessionaire that in another phase, will include a light or suburban train that would serve the city of Cancún, something independent of the Maya Train.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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