Cabinet shuffle expected as new governor general sworn in

first_imgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet is getting shuffled Monday afternoon.Canada’s Governor General will be at Rideau Hall for a swearing in ceremony at 12:30 p.m. ET.The changes do not come as a surprise.With Judy Foote announcing last week that she is leaving cabinet and leaving politics altogether, it left a gap in public works and procurement.Foote was the only Newfoundland MP in cabinet, and there are reports Seamus O’Regan may get a bump up.O’Regan is reportedly going to become the minister of Veteran Affairs.If this happens, Calgary MP Kent Hehr will be pushed out.It’s still unclear who will be taking over Foote’s old post.last_img read more

Stars Celebrate ESPY Awards And Give Back At Gift Lounge

first_imgGBK, the luxury lifestyle gift lounge and special events company, honored the 2013 ESPY Awards’ Nominees and other special guests with their GBK Pre-Awards Lounge, hosted at the Andaz Hotel on July 16th.GBK’s guests had the opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled day of excellent music, food, poker tournament, charity fundraising and memorable gifts.Attendees included: Trey Burke (Utah Jazz- Point Guard Nominated for ESPY 2013 Best Male College Athlete), Kyla Ross (2012 Olympic Gold Medalist- Gymnastics Team Nominated for ESPY 2013 Best Team: US Women’s Gymnastics), James Ihedigbo (Baltimore Ravens -Team Nominated for ESPY 2013 Best Team), Aldon Smith (San Francisco 49ers), Cortez Allen (Pittsburgh Steelers), Datone Jones (Green Bay Packers), DeMarre Carroll (Utah Jazz), David Anders (ABC’s “Once Upon A Time”), Eric Shanteau (2012 Olympic Gold Medalist -Men’s Swimming (4×100m Medley), Gilbert Arenas (Dallas Mavericks), Heather McDonald (E!‘s “Chelsea Lately” & “After Lately”), Kim Glass (US Women’s Volleyball Player), Lindsey Berg (Women’s Volleyball 3 time Olympian with 2 Silver Medals), Marcedes Lewis (Jacksonville Jaguars), McKinley Freeman (VH1’s “Hit the Floor”), Mekhi Phifer (Actor), Sean Patrick Flanery (Showtime’s Dexter), Steven Bauer (Showtime’s “Ray Donovan”), Terrell Owens (American Football Wide Receiver), Terrell Thomas (New York Giants), and many more!Celebrities and Press were greeted by the sounds of the 10-year-old DJ phenomenon: DJ BABYCHINO, the world’s youngest DJ. Ike’s Love & Sandwiches LLC gifted $1.000 gift certificates to attendees. Their sandwiches, soon to be hitting the Southern California market, were a huge hit amongst guests. Attendees were also able to snack on healthy chips from Bare Snacks or grab a taco from Jalisco’s Mobile Taco Grill, The Premier Mobile Taco Grill Company in L.A., and O.C. while enjoying drinks from Chambord Premium Spirits.GBK’s blend of entertainment, celebrity marketing and charity fundraising consistently sets new standards for the industry and this event was no different. With the help of participating sponsors and generous celebrity guests, 100% of the poker tournament proceeds were donated to charity. Celebrities, Athletes and professional poker players fought it out with lots of laughs for some top prizes. Poker Professional Tim Phan won the tournament; winning a 3 night stay at the St. Regis Princeville, as well as an $8000 watch from Jason of Beverly Hills. Second place winner was Andy Milonakis, winning a Technogel Mattress. Mekhi Phifer got knocked out at the last minute, prior to placing with 10/J in his hand. $12.000 was raised for the Model Citizen Fund, and Ike’s Love and Sandwiches gave a $1.000 donation in the name of Roger Cross to the Mama Sarah Obama Foundation for coming in 4th place. Interestingly enough, none of the athletes showed their athletic skills off, as none reached the Final Table. Even Jose Conseco got knocked out who prides himself as a guest heard him say he is “pretty darn good at Holdem.”This year’s lounge featured a variety of youthful, trend-setting products in the sports and athletic apparel categories such as: SKLZ, the industry leader in athletic performance and sports skill development products, gifted The Gold Flex warm-up and The SKLZ Pro Mini Hoop;, who gifted a $250 gift card to shop top brands in sports equipment, home court, home gym and game rooms; The Marena Group gifted Athletics8, the most comfortable, high-performance athletic compression apparel on the market; Fruit of the Loom gifted t-shirts from two of their new lines: the Big & Tall Collection and the BEST collection; JH Design Group, gifted NBA, NASCAR and MLB licensed jackets/hoodies; and Nutrition53, a multifaceted nutrition company founded by Bill Romanowski, gifted Lean1 and Vegan1.Ever-evolving technology brought us fantastic sponsors and gifts, including: Negris Lebrum Clothing Co., who gifted their beautifully styled wireless MP3 headphones; iLinks, who manufactures and sells smart golf clubs which allow the user to view the flight of their ball on a smart phone app; MHL, new technology which allows you to work from any location, play mobile games with no lag, and stream TV or movies in HD; and Technogel Sleeping, who gifted exclusive memory foam based pillows made with a unique patented gel layer, providing comfort and ergonomic support.A true highlight of the lounge was Sparkling Hill Resort, a European-inspired wellness resort known as the first resort in the world to incorporate Swarovski crystal elements into every aspect of its design. Guests received a Couples Escape in a stunning penthouse suite.Jewelry and accessories resumed their place as a must have at any GBK Lounge. The lounge featured sponsors such as: Jason of Beverly Hills, gifted $700 gifts ; Bands for Arms gifted handmade bracelets made from donated military uniforms from all military branches; Fly Watches gifted a fun and colorful interchangeable LED watch; and Wild Soul Sunglasses, gifted beautiful Acetate Sunglasses named after untamed wild animals.Before guests left for the day, they stopped by Miracle Details, an upper echelon mobile and convenient detail service, to pick up their vehicle after receiving a V.I.P. car detail valued at $350 – not only a crowd pleaser, but also the perfect touch to this celebratory event.As always, GBK featured an array of charitable organizations, including: The Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation, which donates money and services on a need based scale to organizations all over the Los Angeles county, and provides disaster relief in California and the United States; and The Model Citizen Fund, which distributes life-sustaining backpacks filled with 150 items that include food, health, and survival essentials to the homeless and disaster victims, giving them the tools and confidence to build/rebuild their lives.Additional charity beneficiaries included: The Mama Sarah Obama Foundation, a charitable nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the education and welfare of disenfranchised children in order to help them successfully achieve their goals and have a better future; and The Giving Back Fund (GBF), a nonprofit organization that provides philanthropic consulting, management, administrative services, and program development to individuals and corporations.Source:PRWeb.comlast_img read more


first_img Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement The Ontario contender is Stephanie Comilang, who divides her time between Toronto and Berlin. Comilang’s documentary-based works have been showcased across the globe.Vancouver artist Anne Low (West Coast and Yukon) is being recognized for using sculpture, installation, textiles and printmaking to recontextualize everyday objects.Quebec’s Nicolas Grenier, who lives and works in Montreal and Los Angeles, also earned a nod for his practice blending painting, architectural installation and “experimental economies.”In addition to the main $100,000 prize, each of the four non-winning finalists will receive $25,000. One shortlisted artist will also be selected by Fogo Island Arts for an artistic residency and the work of all five finalists will be exhibited in Edmonton at the Art Gallery of Alberta beginning Oct. 5.The 2019 prize will be awarded at a ceremony at the Art Gallery of Alberta on Nov. 15.Past winners of the prestigious Canadian visual arts honour include Brian Jungen, Annie Pootoogook, Michel de Broin, David Altmejd, Ursula Johnson and Kapwani Kiwanga.BY THE CANADIAN PRESS Five artists from different regions of Canada are vying for the $100,000 Sobey Art Award, which is presented annually to a Canadian visual artist aged 40 and under.Representing the Prairies and the North is Kablusiak, an Inuvialuk artist and curator based in Calgary, who uses creativity and humour to address cultural displacement and invite people to reconsider perceptions of contemporary Indigeneity.The finalist from the Atlantic region is D’Arcy Wilson of Corner Brook, N.L., who as a descendent of European settlers, reflects on Canada’s colonial interactions with the natural world. Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter The finalists for the 2019 Sobey Art Award include, clockwise from left, Kablusiak (Prairies and the North), Stephanie Comilang (Ontario), Anne Low (West Coast and the Yukon), D’Arcy Wilson (Atlantic region) and Nicolas Grenier (Quebec). (Elyse Bouvier, Anne Amores, Loewe Foundation, Chris Friel, Atelier Nicolas Grenier/National Gallery)last_img read more

Winnipeg police release identities of two men murdered Saturday

first_imgAPTN National NewsWINNIPEG—Winnipeg police released the names of  the two men murdered over the weekend.Winnipeg police said Donald Collins, 65, was the man found dead at about 12:45 a.m. on Saturday at the rear of 329 Hargrave St.Police said Stony Stanley Bushie, 48, was found dead at about 6:30 p.m. the same day at the rear of 333 Portage Ave.Winnipeg police have released images of a person of interest who is believed linked to both murders.A vigil was held on Sunday night in Winnipeg’s downtown core, close to where the two murders took place.There were prayers, drum songs and tears for the two people who lost their lives in such a horrific way.One of the organizers, Chelsea Cardinal said “there’s people out here that love and care about them no matter what socio-economic status they’re in.”On Monday, police investigators tarped off and removed a number of dumpster bins from behind one of the city’s largest homeless shelters.Siloam Mission’s Director of Operation, Dan Maxson said Winnipeg police attended the shelter in the morning and said they needed to rope off the area and “take the dumpsters that are part of the investigation.”More to Come@APTNNewsnews@aptn.calast_img read more

Vaccination Status Reporting Regulation in effect

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – July 1st, 2019 the Government approved the Vaccination Status Reporting Regulation. This regulation requires parents or guardians to report the vaccination status of their school-age children.With 29 confirmed cases among B.C. residents since the beginning of 2019, the Province launched a two-phase plan to increase immunization rates in B.C.Phase one was a measles catch-up program, which launched in March and ended in June for K-12 students.  During the period of April 1 to June 30, 2019, 27,747 doses of measles-containing vaccines had been administered by health authorities to kindergarten to Grade 12 students. The Vaccination Status Reporting Regulation (Regulation) under the Public Health Act is Phase two.  With the Regulation in effect, every student from K to 12 in public and independent schools, and those who are home-schooled will be expected to have their complete immunization records in the Provincial Immunization Registry (the Registry).The Province shares, if your child received their immunizations from a public health nurse in B.C., the information is automatically entered into the Registry and a record in the system will exist.The Province shares, if your child received any of their immunizations from a physician or pharmacist or out of province, the information about those immunizations may not have been entered into the Registry and a record may be absent or incomplete.For more information on the Immunizing Status Press Release; CLICK HERE For more information from Immunize BC; CLICK HERElast_img read more

US Opic and Wells Fargo sign MoU with Moroccos Attijariwafa Bank

Washington  –  The US Overseas Private Investments Corporation (OPIC), Morocco’s Attijwariwafa Bank and the Wells Fargo financial institution concluded a memorandum of understanding to deepen cooperation to expand lending to small and medium enterprises in Morocco and other African countries.The document was signed in Washington by OPIC President Elizabeth Littlefield, Chairman and CEO of Attijariwafa Bank Mohamed El Kettani, and Wells Fargo executive vice president, Thomas McCaffery (left), on the sidelines of the US-Africa leaders summit held in the federal capital this August 4-6.OPIC president noted that SME lending was a critical component to job creation and economic stability in the developing world, but it only worked when banks were committed to working with some of the smaller businesses that faced challenges obtaining financing. read more

Alaskas fledgling commercial seaweed industry grows

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska’s fledgling commercial seaweed industry is growing, with producers excited about this year’s harvest.There were no commercial seaweed farmers in Alaska five years ago, though there have long been subsistence seaweed harvests along Alaska coasts. Now, there are 16 aquatic farming operations permitted to culture species of seaweed in the state, said Cynthia Pring-Ham, the aquatic farming co-ordinator for the Commercial Fisheries Division of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.Ten of those operations have permits to grow seaweed plus oysters and other shellfish, while six have seaweed-only permits, she said.According to the World Aquaculture Society, seaweed is a $6 billion business worldwide. Most seaweed is harvested in Korea, Japan and China, dried and used for seasoning.Blue Evolution, a California-based company at the fore of the developing Alaska’s industry, has worked with researchers at the University of Alaska Southeast on ways to farm kelp commercially rather than harvest wild kelp beds, reports the Anchorage Daily News.Lexa Meyers, who co-owns Kodiak Kelp Co., said the technique involves collecting wild kelp plants and breeding them to produce tiny floating “seeds” that attach themselves to “grow lines” of string farmers suspend in the ocean in late November.Blue Evolution sells seed stock to some Alaska farmers and buys back the mature kelp. It is processed and sold as a blanched and frozen product, with food service at corporations, colleges and other cafeterias as the main clientele so far.Meyers and her husband sell to Blue Evolution.Lia Heifetz co-owns Barnacle Foods, a Juneau company that makes kelp salsas, pickles and other products and has used wild harvested bull kelp. The company has expanded enough to buy commercially farmed kelp from a growing operation near Ketchikan.“(Our business) gave him the confidence to scale his harvest up,” Heifetz said. “No one has a desire to grow kelp and have nowhere to sell it. We’re at a scale now it made sense for him to make the jump and be confident we can buy it.”Barnacle plans to buy about 25,000 pounds (11,340 kilograms) of kelp.Meyers said development of a market will be important for the industry to grow, along with community acceptance.Meyers believes a growing seaweed industry could be a boon to fishing families. The seaweed harvest cycle occurs when other big fisheries are at a lull. Seaweed is harvested in late April and early May.“There’s not a lot of opportunities for folks to gain income over the winter months,” she said. “It’s been really nice to see something else creep up.”The Associated Press read more

Library wants your opinion

The Library is inviting all campus users to participate in a survey to understand what users think of Brock Library services. Participants could win one of fifteen $15 Common Grounds Café gift cards. (Contest participation is optional.)From March 8 to 28, Brock will participate in LibQUAL+, a library service quality survey developed by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). More than 1,000 educational and research institutions in more than 17 countries have participated in the survey, which covers topics such as staff helpfulness, library as place, and access to information. The eight-minute survey will be emailed to a sample of campus users, but is open for anyone to complete. Find more information and the link to the survey at LibQUAL+.If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Deb Kalvee, Associate University Librarian, Services and Facilities, at read more

Week in Westminster – week ending Friday 5 September 2014

DOWNLOAD1. Car  and van registrations continue to rise, with trucks down in August2. London fleets to shape capital’s EV infrastructure3. Medium-sized businesses to benefit from new accounting rules4. Rolls Royce and Teach First to partner up to train 75 new STEM teachers5. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Rule change after recordbreaking carp was hand bred then placed in lake

first_imgCarp fishing This would include data on the length of time the fish in question has spent in the waters where it was caught and information on how it was fed.Nick Simmonds, of the BRFC told The Telegraph: “The committee wants to make it clear that we may ask questions of that nature when future claims are made. This follows a claim for the British carp record in which the committee considered the fish to have been a cultivated fish, grown to exceed the current weight, before being stocked in angling water so it could be caught to break the record.” The committee said it would also examine whether the fish reached the weight claimed by feeding on natural food and anglers’ baits only, without supplementary feeding or other treatments and also whether the fish would be able to naturally sustain its weight in the fishery from where it was claimed to have been caught.As well as the practice of introducing imported fish into British waters faulty equipment has also been blamed for rogue record attempts.The BRFC recently turned down a claim for a new record by angler Nigel Ludbrook with the carp “Captain Jack”, from Holme Fen Fishery.He claimed weight of 68lb 8oz, but it was later found that the scales used to weigh the fish overstated its weight by at least eight ounces. It added: “The committee concluded that it should continue to consider every record claim on its own merits [and] that it would be helpful to advise potential record claimants, for anyfreshwater species, as to some of the aspects of any capture which would come under scrutiny.”These included the weight of the fish when stocked into the water from which it was caught; the length of time the fish has been in the water before being caught; the origin of the fish and its history prior to stocking. If anything in the world of angling could be described as ungentlemanly behaviour it is the practice of depositing a specially bred fish into a lake so it can later be claimed as a record-breaking catch.But the habit is in danger of becoming so widespread that the British Record Fish Committee (BRFC) is to introduce a strict new set of rules to ensure any fish submitted for an attempt on the official records was in fact born and raised in the lake where it was hooked.The move follows a bid to register a 69lb 3oz carp – a pound heavier than the then current national record – as a new record, after angler Tom Doherty legitimately caught the fish, named Big Rig, at a Shropshire lake in September 2016.It later emerged that Rob Hales, the owner of RH Fisheries’ The Avenue lake, had bought the fish from a farm at a weight of 40lb, before hand-rearing it to near the record weight, and placing it into the lake.As a result the BRFC has warned it may now require anglers to provide proof of the fish’s “provenance” before accepting any claim of a new record being set. Carp fishing can be highly competitive 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. As a result the record stands at 68lb 1oz, set by 53-year-old Reading greengrocer Dean Fletcher when he caught The Parrot, in January 2016. The BRFC pointed out that carp and some other species have distinctive scale patterns which can be identified in later years to establish whether it is native to a particular body of water or whether it was recently introduced.Fish can also be ‘clipped’ by fisheries so that their markings are recognised in later years, making it easier to tell if the fish presented for a record claim had in fact been introduced from elsewhere.Carp are not native to British waters and those found in the UK are either imported or specially reared here.The BRFC said it “does not wish to encourage any attempts to introduce record size fish via imports, or attempts to manipulate records by producing record-size fish through the use of deliberate fishery management practices.”last_img read more

Over50s could be forced to pay £300 a year extra to fund

Over-50s could be forced to pay more than £300 a year extra National Insurance to help fund a fairer social care system under plans drawn up by senior Tory Damian Green.The former Cabinet minister argues that the care system should adopt the model of the state pension, with everyone entitled to a basic “safety net” of support, but individuals are encouraged to top up this provision from their own savings or housing wealth.Mr Green, who was in charge of drawing up the Government’s long-awaited green paper on social care for England while he was in government, also set out a range of measures aimed at filling a £2.75 billion funding gap – including a potential 1% National Insurance hike on over-50s.In his Fixing the Care Crisis paper, drawn up for the Centre for Policy Studies, Mr Green suggests that the National Insurance hike is a “last resort”.An extra £350 million could be generated by taxing the winter fuel allowance – and stopping it altogether for higher rate taxpayers – and funding could also be found by diverting savings from elsewhere in government.If required, the 1% levy on National Insurance, which would mean an extra £308 a year for the average taxpayer between 50 and 64, would raise £2.4 billion. 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. “Taxing the winter fuel payment and taking it away from those who are higher rate taxpayers, allied to either a National Insurance top-up or wider Government savings, would inject £2.75 billion into the system targeted only at residential and nursing care,” Mr Green’s report said.On top of the £6 billion already provided by the Government this would cover the cost of the “universal care entitlement” under Mr Green’s model.This could be boosted by a privately-funded “care supplement”, a new form of insurance which could pay for “rooms, better food, more trips, additional entertainment”.Mr Green said: “The crisis in our social care system is one of the most pressing issues our country currently faces.”It causes acute problems for the wider NHS, with 1.98 million delayed transfers in 2017/18 for those moving out of NHS care. The Conservative Party has an urgent need to show that it has ideas about vital domestic policy issues such as this.”That why I propose a wholesale change in our approach to social care, mirroring the state pension system with the introduction of a universal care entitlement and care supplement.”By combining this new system with an increase in funding we will be able to tackle this most intractable of political dilemmas fairly and responsibly.” read more

World Cup Salahs Egypt leave winless after Saudi defeat

Saudi Arabia v Egypt: Salem Aldawsari of Saudi Arabia celebrates after scoring (Getty Images) VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AFP) — Saudi Arabia winger Salem Al-Dawsari scored a last-gasp winner as Mohamed Salah’s Egypt suffered a 2-1 loss in their Group A dead rubber in Volgograd today.The 45-year-old Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary became the oldest player in World Cup history and saved the first of two controversial penalties after Salah had opened the scoring, with Salman Al-Faraj equalising from the second spot-kick, before Al-Dawsari had the final say. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWorld Cup: Russia sour Salah’s return to close in on last 16June 19, 2018In “Sports”INTERNATIONALLY: Saudi Arabia’s ban on women driving officially endsJune 24, 2018In “latest news”Russia thump Saudi Arabia to launch #WC2018 in styleJune 14, 2018In “Sports” read more

Almex to unveil new OTR tyre repair and conveyor belt inspection systems

first_imgShaw Almex Industries will unveil a new off-the-road tyre repair vulcanisers and a new conveyor belt inspection system at AIMEX 2013, held at Sydney Showground from August 20-23. The new Almex OTR systems are designed to repair haulage and loader tyres that were previously considered un-repairable. Tim Shaw, President and CEO of Shaw Almex Industries said “The vulcanisers feature extremely large engineered frames and large hydraulic cylinders which apply higher pressures and airbag systems, resulting in significantly stronge, longer lasting repairs that offer the same integrity, safety and durability of new manufactured tyres.”Shaw said the OTR machines used aluminium molds to ensure a strong, quality repair on any area of a tyre, including the sidewall, tread, shoulder and bead – with the vulcanisation cycle fully automated. He also commented on the fact that there is a worldwide shortage of new tyres. “Equipment owners and service companies are looking for ways to salvage capital and hours out of haulage and loader tyres at mine, quarry and industrial sites and these new machines will help save time and money.”Almex will also promote its new BeltGuard steel cord conveyor belt inspection system at AIMEX. “BeltGuard gives mine operators real-time inspections of steel cable belts and provides immediate alerts of any cord breaks, cable corrosion or splice defects,” Shaw said. Reports can be monitored on-site or sent remotely electronically. The permanently mounted system was characterised by a unique design that did not require a conveyor belt to be magnetised for scanning, therefore simplifying and economising the scanning process, he said.Service providers can use a portable version to offer mine operators one-time scans to help determine remaining belt life. BeltGuard is currently offered in a modular configuration, including a scanner head, processor unit, and a display or monitor. Future models will be designed to include pulley bearing monitoring, conveyor drive vibration monitoring, rip prevention and detection, and crusher system protectionlast_img read more

Wondering what messaging apps teens are using Heres what you should look

first_img Source: KIK/Google PlaySnapchatFor: iOS, AndroidSnapchat allows you to take photos or record 10-second videos to individuals or groups, which then shortly disappear after being viewed. While this approach has led to claims it’s used for sexting, the reality isn’t as dramatic or as worrisome.When you take a photo, you can add text to it and draw on it as well to further customise it. Its approach and the level of creativity from certain users, it has become one of the more popular messaging apps out there. Source: Snapchat/YouTubeMeowChatFor: iOS, AndroidA messaging app that has exploded in popularity recently, MeowChat is a weird combination of a number of different apps and services like WhatsApp, Facebook, Tinder, and ChatRoulette.While you can chat with friends, it has a random chat function which connects you with other users from around the world and chat one-on-one or in groups, the latter can become very chaotic and strange when you’ve numerous strangers chatting to each other.The other is picture profiles, which can be found in the explore feature which shows you who’s online in a (very) general area, and a ranking system which rewards inviting (read: spamming) your friends with invite requests and getting pictures ‘favourited.’ The fact that it’s growing rapidly means that it’s worth keeping an eye on. Source: MeowChat/Google PlayWhisper/SecretFor: (Whisper) iOS, Android, (Secret) iOS, AndroidWhile calling Whisper or Secret a messaging app might be a stretch, they follow the same principles and should be kept in mind.The key feature is they allow users to share information anonymously, with the only detail revealed is the city or town the message came from. In the case of Secret, you’re notified when a friend posts a secret, but you’re not told who it is. Source: SecretYoFor: iOS, Android, A messaging that only lets you send messages containing the word Yo. That’s it, nothing more. Don’t worry if you’re confused by it, you’re far from alone in feeling that way, but if you want a laugh, it’s worth reading the reviews on the App Store. Source: Yo/App StoreRead: NASA aims to produce oxygen on Mars with 2020 rover experiment >Read: Google could be in hot water with Europe again, this time with Android > INSTANT MESSAGING IS one of the fastest growing smartphone services out there, and it’s probably no surprise that it’s teenagers that use it the most.While it’s easy to assume that these services are being used for nefarious purposes, the reality isn’t as bad as you would think and most are just a step up from traditional text messaging. A little knowledge goes a long way so here are the main apps you should keep in mind.WhatsAppFor: iOS, Android, Windows Phone One of the most popular messaging apps out there, WhatsApp performs similarly to SMS, but uses WiFi or 3G/4G to send messages. Users can send text, audio and visual messages to individuals or groups. Source: WhatsApp/Google PlayViberFor: iOS, Android, Windows Phone Similar to WhatsApp, the major difference Viber has is it specialises in voice calls. Again, it uses WiFi or 3G/4G to perform the task. Source: viberapp/YouTubeLINEFor: iOS, Android, Windows PhonePopular in Asia and making a push in Europe, LINE big focus is on stickers which are both available for free and for a small fee. While it’s unlikely that kids will be spending much on stickers, the service is growing in popularity. Source: Line/Windows PhoneKIKFor: iOS, Android, Windows PhoneSimilar to LINE, KIK separates itself from other apps by not using your mobile number to sign up. Like online chat rooms, you choose your own username for signing in and using the app.last_img read more

Sink or Swim Inside the battle over access to the historic Clontarf

first_img The business realitiesFor his part, David Cullen Jnr rejected any claims that the developers had failed to comply with any of their requirements when it came to the pool operation, adding that the council “gave it the green light” after the investigation.“It’s a struggle for us because (the critics) tend to be very vocal, very outspoken against us, which is a bit disappointing considering the amount of effort, time and money that my family has put into developing that site,” he told Noteworthy.Cullen added that people who wanted unrestricted public access to the pool “don’t seem to understand the realities of running a business” and the associated insurance and staffing costs.The pool is being run as a separate operation to the main business, he said, which received no payment for any clubs’ use of the facility despite bearing the maintenance costs.I believe it is available to you if you want to use it, all you need to do is pay a small joining fee to Clontarf Swimming Club and then you go and swim there. I really don’t understand why it has to be so difficult.”However the operators’ arguments are given short shrift by locals who believed that the baths would be open to the general population.Clontarf Residents’ Association chair Deirdre Tobin said it was welcome that the long-derelict site had been developed, but locals were still upset that it wasn’t made available to the public as anticipated.She said she accepted that the costs of doing so may be exorbitant, “but you build that into your business plans” when putting forward a new development.Clontarf Swimming Club chair Bobby Nolan, who has been running the pool operation, said he was quoted nearly €250,000 for annual insurance if the facility was open to everyone.For that reason, the decision had been made to restrict access to members of Swim Ireland-affiliated clubs and other sports organisation whose insurance was already paid for through their annual membership fees.“If you want to open to the public, no problem, but we would have to charge you €60 for a swim, which wasn’t feasible,” Nolan said.He added that a number of groups in addition to Clontarf Swimming Club had used the baths for open sessions and members were typically charged €5 for access, money which was ultimately paid to him to continue running the pool operation.Nolan said the pool operated on a seasonal basis with regular evening and weekend sessions between May and October, in addition to occasional training in the colder months. Swimmers at the refurbished baths in August Source: YouTube/Swim IrelandThe council responseDespite Dublin City Council closing its investigation into the pool operation, many councillors intend to keep agitating for the baths to be opened more often – and to more people – although there is little appetite to use ratepayers’ money to subsidise the service.Independent Damian O’Farrell said councillors were willing to give the baths’ owners some time because of the huge outlay on the development, but “it’s time to make the baths public”.I believe people should be able to go down and pay a few quid and use the pool. It’s a community facility and that was the understanding,” he said.That understanding, for many people, hinges on an interpretation of the wording of the planning conditions for the development, which state that the restaurant be run “in conjunction” with the pool.The reason for this condition was to ensure the restaurant and café-bar remained subsidiary to the main use of the site for swimming, in accordance with the local zoning.However in a response to Fianna Fáil councillor Deirdre Heney in April, the council’s chief executive said enforcement action could only be taken for failing to comply with a condition and not for failing to comply with the reason for a condition.This meant the council would only look at whether the pool was open as required and not whether or not the new restaurant remained ‘subsidiary’ to the historic baths.Heney said this was a “ridiculous argument, a technical argument” and it was “hugely disappointing” that the baths weren’t available to the general public.“I do think the owner should make every effort to make the baths available for public use for some period of time in the summer months, at least,” she said.Paul Kearns, a former Dublin City Council planner, said while there was nothing in the baths’ conditions to mandate they be opened to the general public the local authority should apply common sense as to whether the pool was being operated as approved.“If the bar-restaurant is open seven days a week and the baths are open one day a week then the restaurant is obviously not a subsidiary operation,” he said.Kearns said that a reason for a planning condition like the baths operating “in conjunction” with the restaurant could still be taken into consideration in any enforcement actions or if the matter ever went to court.I think it’s washing your hands of it a little bit to say it’s not in the condition and therefore it’s nothing to do with us,” he said.Cullen insists that the owners wanted to open the pool to as many people as possible but that wasn’t commercially viable within the current insurance landscape.“I would love to see people in there swimming having a great time, love it. But that’s a fantasy land,” he said. 37 Comments Short URL Saturday 11 May 2019, 12:05 AM 33,525 Views Share24 Tweet Email7 center_img By Peter Bodkin FOR MORE THAN 20 years, the disused Clontarf Baths lay as a blight on the picturesque north Dublin seafront.Numerous attempts to redevelop the property had failed, but in 2011 its owners – a well-known Dublin hotelier family – put forward a new plan, one that would restore the more than century-old seawater pool to its former glory.While many locals were suspicious that the proposal was another in a series of attempts to push through a lucrative commercial development, there was also optimism that the baths, once home to national champions, would return to public use.But six years later, as the finishing touches were put on the development, the enthusiasm turned to disappointment and anger for many as it emerged that only swimming club members would have regular access to the facility, which would operate for a few hours a day for half the year.Central to locals’ ire was the belief that the developers had breached a core condition of the project’s approval intended to safeguard the site’s primary use as a pool – an argument ultimately rejected by both the baths’ owners and the local council.In this Noteworthy investigation, we look at how the site fell derelict and remained unused for so long before it finally came to be redeveloped – and why it remains off-limits to the broader public.A long historyBuilt in 1864 and overhauled in 1886, the baths were first operated by the Clontarf Baths and Assembly Rooms Company, which offered hot and cold baths to both ‘ladies and gentlemen’, who swam in separated areas.The baths were used for events such as regular race meetings of the Clontarf Swimming Club, itself founded in 1884, and for many years they were a success.In 1905, the company’s annual meeting was told of the firm’s ongoing profitability after a “thoroughly successful” season thanks to the good weather. The baths also became the venue for an annual Christmas race, claimed to be the oldest of its kind in the country. The Christmas swim in 1922 Source: YouTube/British PathéAfter nearly 60 years, the property was sold in 1944 for a reported £800 to a new firm, Clontarf Baths Ltd, owned by members of several swimming clubs.However within a decade the firm had run into financial trouble and the baths were threatened with closure without financial aid from the local authority.The then Dublin Corporation weighed up buying the facility outright, however it baulked at the price of both the initial purchase and ongoing cost of running the pool. Instead, a series of annual grants were agreed to help keep the operation afloat.While regular fixtures such as the Christmas swim continued, by the 1970s the baths were used more sporadically and they slowly fell into disrepair as local authority-run indoor pools gained favour.In 1990, the first plan for a complete redevelopment of the baths – by then considered an eyesore – was put forward by a new owner, a firm called MB Investment.However the proposal for a new, two-storey structure with a restaurant and both heated and outdoor pools was scuppered over concerns the large development would block sea views along the Clontarf coastal strip. The disused baths in the late 2000s Source: YouTube/VforVendetta2010The Cullen connectionIn the mid-1990s the baths closed completely to the public, around the same time they were bought by the Cullen family, who were active as developers with several businesses in and around Dublin.Abbeybeg, a firm controlled by Stephen Cullen, who represented Ireland in swimming at the 1988 Olympics, applied in late 2000 to turn the baths into a two-storey development including an art gallery, restaurant and café-bar.An earlier attempt to sell the baths for up to £600,000 had failed to attract a buyer, while Cullen’s idea of turning the facility into an indoor leisure centre was abandoned after the development of the nearby sports complex in Fairview and its 50m pool.The two-storey proposal was cleared by Dublin City Council with conditions, but An Bord Pleanála rejected the plans after an appeal from residents.A similar application the following year which also included a boat clubhouse was withdrawn, while a 2004 plan that added two first-floor apartments to a ground-floor restaurant was again rejected on appeal.Three years later, the developer returned with plans to turn the site into a single-storey ‘day spa’ but for a third time the project was defeated on appeal.In 2011, a new firm carrying the same name as the baths’ original operator, Clontarf Baths and Assembly Rooms Company, applied to redevelop the derelict complex and restore the existing seawater baths alongside a 350 sq m restaurant and café-bar. The disused baths building in 2013 Source: YouTube/Paul DoogueThe company was owned by Mary Cullen, the wife of renowned publican and hotelier David Cullen – the older brother of Stephen Cullen.Notes from a pre-planning meeting, held the previous year, said that the primary purpose of the more modest development would be “a re-instatement of traditional swimming pool with ancillary uses”.The council report noted that a sports club “would aim to utilise the swimming facility for water polo in addition to public access”. Nevertheless, the scaled-back plans attracted a number of objections.One local resident said he was suspicious the swimming pool restoration was being proposed only to get the rest of the application over the line and that it would soon be closed on financial grounds while the restaurant and bar remained.Several sporting groups wrote letters in support of the baths reopening and in 2012 the national planning authority cleared the development – although with new conditions added to the council approval.These included that the restaurant would be operated “in conjunction with the swimming pool” and that if the pool was closed for a period of more than 12 months the rest of the project would also need to be shut.It added that the condition was introduced “to ensure that the restaurant/café bar remains subsidiary to the main use of the site for swimming” in keeping with the site’s zoning for recreational use.Work beginsWhile the approval was finally granted in 2012, there was little progress on the development until late 2016.In the meantime, David Cullen, who owned the Turk’s Head bar and Paramount Hotel in Temple Bar among other properties, had been declared bankrupt in the UK after he was ordered to repay Nama €29 million for a series of loans.When work did begin it initially progressed quickly, with an opening date of September 2017 floated during the company’s licensing application.Mary and David Cullen’s son, also named David, had recently taken over management of the firm, while a share transfer made his father – since discharged from bankruptcy – the new majority owner of the business.An update from the company to a Dublin City Council committee from late 2017 noted that “the reconstruction of the baths has gone vastly over budget” due to the nature of the site.The presentation added it was hoped the baths would open the following year and be “made available for public use”, although with the caveat that the level of access was “yet to be determined and will rely heavily on the level of community support”. The baths mid-development in August 2017 Source: RollingNews.ieBy early 2018, however, the operators told the media that swimming would have to be restricted to clubs unless Dublin City Council was willing to help cover the cost of opening the facility to the wider public.Speaking at the time, the younger David Cullen said the company was “absolutely committed to opening to the public, but when that’s going to be I can’t really say right now”, adding that it was likely to be later in the year.A figure of €400,000 was put on covering insurance and staffing to allow for general access. The council said it was not in the position to subsidise the private enterprise. Plans to warm the water at the facility to extend the swimming season were also dropped.Meanwhile, documents obtained by Noteworthy show that planning disputes over several parts of the development – including the opening of the pool – had already been unfolding behind the scenes.One Dublin City Council site inspection revealed the closed-in areas of the restaurant were now around 100 sq m – or nearly 30% – larger than the authorised floorspace due to changes to formerly outdoor areas.Further complaints in February argued the developer had breached planning conditions by not opening the baths to the public, while one took exception with the restaurant opening before the pool.My view is that the approach being taken by the developer will result in a bar, restaurant and cafe being commercially operated but a pool that is not available to the public and only fitfully in use,” a complaint said.An April council inspection report said “the pool was full of water but was not open” and asked for the owners to clarify the proposed opening date for the baths as the planning conditions required it to operate alongside the commercial component.By that stage, the restaurant had been trading for several weeks. In July, the council fielded another complaint that access to the pool was restricted to the Clontarf Swimming Club and their emails to the group had gone unanswered.“The restaurant has been open for a couple of months now and the owners are enjoying the profits of their venture, judging by the numbers of people in the place. It is about time the public got to enjoy the facility too,” the email said.In August, the company’s planners wrote to the council to confirm that the baths were open to swim club members and operating to a summer timetable with daily swimming sessions of at least two hours.“We submit that the baths are in active use which accords in full with the (planning conditions),” the letter said. Source: YouTube/Swim IrelandEnforcement droppedDublin City Council dropped any action in relation to the pool at that stage, writing to seven complainants in late August to advise that the pool planning conditions were being met.In the meantime, the developer lodged an application to retain the unauthorised restaurant extensions.The council gave conditional approval to the plans, however it rejected part of the extension on the grounds that adding more enclosed dining space would result in the facility “not remaining subsidiary to the main permitted use of the site for swimming”.The Clontarf Residents’ Association had complained in its submission that it had been made “abundantly clear” since the venue’s March opening that “the pool is ancillary to the restaurant as opposed to the other way around”.The changes were given full clearance by An Bord Pleanála in January after an appeal from the property owner. Sink or Swim: Inside the battle over access to the historic Clontarf Baths Locals hoped a redevelopment would return the pool to public use after decades of disrepair. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article May 10th 2019, 10:01 PM last_img read more

Of Course More Dragon Ball Games Are Coming in 2019

first_imgStay on target Watch: This ‘Dragon Ball’ Fan Quit His Job to Set a World RecordNew Adidas ‘Dragon Ball Z’ Shoes Are On the Way Man, Dragon Ball is extremely a thing again, huh. We’ve got an explainer right here in case you’re lost but really it seems like everyone these days is unapologetically sharing their love of the action anime to end all action anime. Al Roker talked about Goku at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. That Dragon Ball Super: Broly movie made like actual money at the American box office. And even I, who really can’t wait for people to stop talking about Dragon Ball so much, will happily admit that the gorgeous exciting fighting game Dragon Ball FighterZ was absolutely one of the best video games of 2018.So try to be shocked that there’s a lot more Dragon Ball content coming your way this year. To start, Bandai Namco revealed the first teaser for its new Dragon Ball Game Project Z trailer, coming this year to PC, PS4, and Xbox One from developer CyberConnect2.This trailer doesn’t explain everything, which makes sense considering the name doesn’t even seem final yet, but there are a bunch of interesting takeaways. Bandai Namco describes the game as an action RPG, and Dragon Ball games have flirted with genres other than fighting before. There have been handheld Dragon Ball RPGs and the Xenoverse series includes role-playing elements as well.But the scope of the environments teased here make us wonder if this will be a full-on open-world adventure in the Dragon Ball universe? Skyrim with Goku? Dragonballborn? It would certainly make the game seem more exciting if it’s plot is just summarizing the events of Dragon Ball Z again. Regardless of the franchise, a huge action RPG with anime fighting mechanics would be fun to try, too.Still, even if this new Dragon Ball game winds up bad, at least Dragon Ball FighterZ is still great. And it’s only going to get better in 2019 as we now know some of the new characters arriving in the Season 2 battle pass.Dragon Ball FighterZ has taken some flack for its paltry amount of female characters. But Videl, daughter of Mr. Satan and daughter-in-law of Goku, is coming as DLC. She fights with her husband Gohan in his Great Saiyaman disguise. Videl releases at the end of January alongside Jiren, a fan-favorite buff grey space alien and antagonist of a later Dragon Ball Super arc. Four more characters will be released after that including Gogeta and Base Broly.I can’t wait to watch SonicFox beat everyone up with Hercule’s daughter. For more on Dragon Ball games watch us play Dragon Ball FighterZ and get ready for Jump Force coming in just a few weeks.last_img read more

Premier calls urgent press conference

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 30, 2016 – Media assembled at the Office of Premier to no doubt be updated on the major blunder surrounding his shocking election date recall.  The Premier gave this statement on the change of the election date.“I am advised that the Election Day Proclamation that was published in the Gazette on Friday announcing the date of the General Election was in order by being in accordance with the TCI Constitution.  However, there was an issue with the timelines under section 26 of the Election Ordinance and hence the procedures for the appointment of a Nomination Day and Election Day could not have been executed in the minimum time frame provided for by the Constitution.There were several options available to me as Premier to assist in rectifying the situation to permit the Supervisor of Elections to carry out the procedures required under the Election Ordinance.  I exercised the option of recommending to His Excellency the Governor to change the date of the election to a date of my choosing which is December 15, 2016.  The Governor having consulted with me on this date will now issue an amendment to that Proclamation published on Friday October 28, 2016.Contrary to the opinion touted by persons from other political camps, the decision to exercise the option to change the date of election was made after much consultation and consideration with executives and several legal minds of the Progressive National Party who advised and supported my decision to recommend a change to the Election Date.” Related Items:last_img read more

Advocates hail government for allocating 100 crore welfare

first_imgSrikakulam: Advocates of Srikakulam District Courts Bar Association lauded State government’s concern over their welfare. The association conducted general body meeting at District Court complex Bar Association hall on Tuesday and passed a resolution unanimously to say thanks to the state government for allotment of Rs 100 crore for the welfare of advocates and financial aid to junior advocates who have less than three years practice. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Addressing the gathering on the occasion Bar Association president, Sistu Ramesh appreciated the state government’s concern for advocates and stated that the move initiated by the government is an encouragement to advocates. State Bar Council member, Gedela Vasudeva Rao explained that with this encouragement, they can achieve other demands for welfare of advocates. General secretary, G Srikrishna Prasad, vice- president A Krishna Raju, joint secretary Y Prasannakumar, senior advocates T Radha Krishna, T Mohan Rao, K Nagabhushan Rao and J Tirupati Rao were present.last_img read more

Hyderabad City to get water from Yellampally by Aug

first_imgKhairatabad: Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) Managing Director M Dana Kishore said the Yellampally barrage source is sufficient to draw 172 million gallons per day (MGD) continuously throughout the year without any problem to Hyderabad city.Dana Kishore said presently, Hyderabad was drawing water from Godavari river’s source at Yellampally barrage and Krishna river’s source from Nagarjunasagar reservoir. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us The major supply of water from these two sources was 442 MGD and in addition, small quantities were being presently utilised from the Osmansagar and Himayathsagar sources, he said. He said the capacity of Yellampally barrage was 20 tmcft. The present storage capacity is 4.87 tmcft. The drawl is at 0.83 tmcft per month. Under the Kaleshwaram project scheme, the Yellampally barrage is considered as the major balancing reservoir. It receives pumping supplies of about 180 tmcft from the downstream barrages of Medigadda, Annaram and Sundilla. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us As the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme was already commissioned, the Yellampally barrage was bound to receive its full level capacity shortly at 20 tmcft. The carryover flows to the tune of 160 tmcft will be utilised from this source over a period of time. Hence, it maintains the storages at full reservoir level for longer period in a year. In fact, Yellampally would become perennial source of water supply to city of Hyderabad by August 2019, he said. Advertise With Us In addition to the Kaleshwaram Lift Water Supply supplementation, Yellampally barrage itself exists on main Godavari River, the inflows during this monsoon have already begun and bound to continue the inflows into reservoir from its self catchment area during this monsoon, he said. Explaining the reliability of Krishna source from Nagarjunasagar reservoir, the present storage is at 126.46 tmcft. The drawl from this source to Hyderabad city is only at 1.375 tmcft per month, he said. Dana Kishore informed that for ensuring equitable distribution and to meet the drinking water supply needs in peripheral circles, HMWSSB has taken up a project at a cost of Rs 1,900 crores and successfully completed and put into operation. Under this project 56 reservoirs of total 277 ML capacity with 2100 Km length of network are created and the earlier online supplies / bulk supplies are now streamlined with regular service reservoirs storage and distribution network on par with core city. HMWSSB has taken up the drinking water supply network project for 190 villages situated within ORR limits under Annuity Mode of Contract. The project envisages construction of 164 Reservoirs out of which 139 were completed and the balance reservoirs are nearing completion and about 1400 Km length of Pipeline has been laid and expected total completion by end of August 2019, he said.last_img read more

Aedes mosquito higher at bus terminals railway stations

first_imgAn aedes mosquito. File PhotoMost of the aedes mosquito larvae are found in abandoned tyres generally in bus terminals, depots and railway stations, says a survey.The survey was conducted by the Communicable Disease Control (CDC) unit of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).The CDC with the help of four teams of entomologists carried out the study in 14 areas of the capital between 31 July and 4 August. The DGHS published a survey report on its latest findings on its website Sunday.CDC programme manager (dengue) MM Akhtaruzzaman said to Prothom Alo, “The survey finds the aedes mosquito population is huge in 86 per cent areas of the capital (Dhaka). This situation is very helpful for dengue infection.”The CDC conducts mosquito surveys three times a year. In March this year, the DGHS unit conducted a survey in 100 areas of two city corporations in Dhaka.Publishing the report, the CDC warned of an outbreak of mosquito-borne diseases in the rainy season if no effective measures are taken.However, the two city corporations — Dhaka North (DNCC) and Dhaka South (DSCC) — instead of taking any effective measures, went on spraying ineffective insecticides.In the second survey, conducted in 100 areas of Dhaka between 17 and 27 July, the CDC found the mosquito population rose by 14 times than it was in March.At the same time, mosquito-borne dengue spread across the country, including Dhaka.The latest survey is an additional survey. It put emphasis on bus terminals, railway stations, slums, metrorail project areas, police lines and hospitals.The mosquito survey index is known as ‘Breteau Index’. Out of 14 areas, the latest survey report finds the Breteau Index (BI) higher than 20 in 12 areas. This suggests mosquitos or larvae were found in 20 pots of every 100 in those areas. The BI was 40-60 in at least four areas.The CDC team said generally the mosquitoes breed in the abandoned tyres of bus, truck, motorcycle or bicycles.“Aedes mosquito prefers dark and cool place to live in. They get it in the tyres since there’s no flow of air there,” said Kabirul Bashar, professor of Zoology department at Jahangirnagar University.“The water accumulated in the tyres is suitable for larvae,” he added.On the other hand, the number of aedes mosquitos is more at bus terminals, bus depots and railway station.Hundreds of thousands of people started leaving Dhaka city by buses and trains to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha with their near and dear ones just before two days of publishing the CDC survey report.*The report, published in Prothom Alo, has been rewritten in English by Shameem Rezalast_img read more