Transition Coordinators Appointed for Mulgrave Parrsboro

first_imgMUNICIPAL AFFAIRS–Transition Co-ordinators Appointed for Mulgrave, Parrsboro John Leefe will serve as transition co-ordinator for Parrsboro and Gordon MacInnis will assume this role for Mulgrave. Municipal Affairs Minister Zach Churchill made the announcement today, Nov. 5, at the fall conference of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities. “In seeking strong solutions to real problems, these communities and their leaders are acting with courage and integrity,” said Mr. Churchill. “I’m confident that these transition co-ordinators will help create governance structures that are foundations for healthy, vibrant, sustainable communities for years to come.” Mr. MacInnis is a chartered accountant and vice president of finance and operations at Cape Breton University. He served as town manager for Glace Bay, and as deputy chief administrative officer for Cape Breton Regional Municipality during the 1995 amalgamation. “We’re looking forward to working with Mr. MacInnis through the dissolution process,” said Mulgrave Mayor Lorne MacDonald. “We’re confident he will help us reach an agreement with the Municipality of the District of Guysborough so that our community continues to be a great place to live.” Mr. Leefe served as transition co-ordinator for the process that led to the Town of Springhill merging with the Municipality of the County of Cumberland. He is former mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality and was a long-serving MLA and cabinet minister. “Mr. Leefe’s experience in Springhill gives us confidence in his ability to guide our community through this process,” said Parrsboro Mayor Lois Smith. “We look forward to building a new governance structure with the Municipality of the County of Cumberland that ensures long-term sustainability for our community.” The transition co-ordinators will manage the dissolution process outlined in the Municipal Government Act. The province will provide support to the municipalities throughout the mergers. —————————————————————-FOR BROADCAST ONLY: Transition co-ordinators have been appointed to oversee the change in governance for Mulgrave and Parrsboro. John Leefe will serve as transition co-ordinator for Parrsboro and Gordon MacInnis will assume this role for Mulgrave. Municipal Affairs Minister Zach Churchill made the announcement today (Nov. 5th) at the fall conference of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities. Mr. Churchill says that in seeking strong solutions to real problems, these communities and their leaders are acting with courage and integrity. He says he is confident that these transition co-ordinators will help create governance structures that are foundations for healthy, vibrant, sustainable communities for years to come. -30- ————————————————————–Transition co-ordinators have been appointed to oversee the change in governance for Mulgrave and Parrsboro. last_img read more

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Christine Hanson Appointed New CEO of Human Rights Commission

first_imgA Halifax native, diplomat and international lawyer, is the new director and CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. Christine Hanson, a Dalhousie University law graduate, and current Minister-Counsellor for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C., will take over the role effective Feb. 8. “I’m very pleased that someone of Ms. Hanson’s impressive background, experience and dedication will be leading Nova Scotia’s Human Rights Commission,” said Diana Whalen, Minister responsible for the Human Rights Commission. “She will be a strong asset for the commission and a strong advocate for human rights in this province.” Ms. Hanson has held a variety of roles in the Legal Bureau of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, including deputy director of the Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Division. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to take on this important role in my home province,” said Ms. Hanson. “I look forward to working closely with the commissioners and commission staff to protect and promote human rights in Nova Scotia.” In 2014, she was awarded the Building a Better World alumni award from Dalhousie University. She was also an International Women’s Forum Global Leadership Foundation Fellow in 2014-15. She is married and has two daughters. Ms. Hanson takes over from interim director and CEO, Michelle Higgins, a senior solicitor with the Department of Justice. The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission is an independent government commission that administers the province’s Human Rights Act.last_img read more

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Former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit cremated with full state honours

first_imgNEW DELHI: Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit was laid to rest Sunday with full state honours at Nigambodh Ghat. A host of political leaders across party lines attended the last rites of veteran Congress leader, who died of cardiac arrest on Saturday. Top Congress leaders, including UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, were present at the funeral. Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and Home Minister Satyendar Jain were among those who attended the last rites. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DayVeteran BJP leaders L K Advani and Sushma Swaraj also visited Dikshit’s residence and paid tributes to her. Earlier in the day, Dikshit’s mortal remains were brought to AICC headquarters at 24 Akbar Road where party leaders, including Manmohan Singh, chief ministers Ashok Gehlot and Kamal Nath, paid their respects. Later, the body was taken to the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee office, the city unit which she was heading at the time of her death. Also Read – Don’t use ‘lynching’ to defame India: BhagwatOn Saturday, leaders from different political parties paid their tribute to Dikshit, remembering her contribution in shaping the capital city. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Congress president Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, former union minister Vijay Goel and Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari reached her Nizamuddin East home to pay respects after her death. Dikshit, who was the Delhi CM for 15 years from 1998 to 2003, had been out of power for six years, except for a short stint as Kerala governor in 2014. She worked with central governments under both NDA and UPA, with many BJP leaders Sunday calling her a true statesman who went above party lines to ensure Delhi’s development. Condoling Dikshit’s death, Sonia Gandhi said, “She was a friend…almost like an elder sister. This is a big loss to the Congress party.”Kejriwal, a bitter political foe — AAP made several allegations of corruption against Dikshit during its campaign in 2013 and 2015 — Saturday said he was saddened by Dikshit’s demise: “Delhi will miss her… Even though we were from different parties, she was always affectionate. There will be a vacuum in Delhi politics. Unhone Dilli ke liye achha kaam kia.” On Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote: “Deeply saddened by the demise of Sheila Dikshit ji. Blessed with a warm and affable personality, she made a noteworthy contribution to Delhi’s development. Condolences to her family and supporters. Om Shanti.”(Inputs from The Indian Express)last_img read more

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BJP has offered Sena 106 seats in Maha Source

first_imgMumbai: The BJP has offered 106 seats to its main alliance partner Shiv Sena for the next month’s Maharashtra Assembly polls, but the latter is not likely to accept less than 120 seats, a source said on Thursday.The seat-sharing talks between the two parties are likely to conclude in a day or two, a BJP source said here. The Assembly has a total of 288 seats. Last time the two parties had fought the elections separately. “We have offered the Sena 106 seats. But the Sena may agree to 120 (and not less),” the source said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Jan Surajya Shakti Party, another ally, has agreed to contest four seats, he said. The party, which has a presence in western Maharashtra had demanded nine seats to start with, but its leader Vinay Kore agreed to four seats during the talks on Wednesday, the source said. Discussions are still on with the remaining allies, namely, Republican Party of India led by Union minister Ramdas Athawale, ShivSangram and Rashtriya Samaj Party, sources said. The three parties had rejected the BJP’s proposal that their candidates contest with the BJP symbol. In 2014, when they contested the state polls separately (and joined hands later), the BJP had won 122 seats and the Shiv Sena 63.last_img read more

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Brookfield Asset Management reports Q1 profit down compared with a year ago

Companies in this story: (TSX:BAM.A) The Canadian Press TORONTO — Brookfield Asset Management Inc. reported its first-quarter profit fell compared with a year ago.The alternative asset manager, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, says it earned US$1.26 billion or 58 cents per diluted for the quarter ended March 31. That compared with a profit of $1.86 billion or 84 cents per diluted share in the first three months of 2018.Revenue totalled $15.21 billion, up from $12.63 billion.Funds from operations slipped to $1.05 billion or $1.04 per share compared with $1.17 billion or $1.16 per share a year ago.In March, Brookfield announced a deal to acquire a roughly 62 per cent of global investment manager Oaktree Capital Management.The two companies together will have roughly $475 billion of assets under management. read more

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TSX Wall Street end in the red as gold surges for second

TORONTO — North American stock markets settled in the red amid continued debate over what the U.S. Federal Reserve will do on interest rates.In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index declined 73.08 points to 14,240.02, weighed down by falling energy, consumer staples and metals and mining stocks.It was a similar picture in New York, as the Dow Jones industrial average dropped 19.86 points at 17,985.19, while the broader S&P 500 composite index dipped 3.64 points to 2,115.48.The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite lost 16.02 points to 4,958.62.Investors are taking a breather from the recent rally in equities and instead fleeing into the safe haven of gold, driving up the August gold contract up $10.40 to US$1272.70 an ounce.The Canadian dollar was at 78.66 cents US, down 0.10 of a cent as the July crude contract was down 67 cents at US$50.56 per barrel, still near a 2016 high.Natural gas contracts for July were up 15 cents at nearly US$2.62 per mmBTU, and July copper contracts fell two cents to US$2.04 a pound. read more

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UN envoy to Kosovo urges swift resolution of provinces permanent status

Joachim Rücker, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, told an open debate that anxieties have risen with Kosovo since a decision last month to delay the unveiling of a UN proposal on permanent status until after the Serbian elections on 21 January.“Keeping momentum in the status process thereafter will be a key factor in heading off a feeling of uncertainty on the way ahead, which is a potential source of instability,” he said.Independence and autonomy within Serbia are among the options for the province, where ethnic Albanians outnumber Serbs and other groups by about 9 to 1. The Serbian Government opposes independence for Kosovo, which has been run by the UN since Western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid ethnic fighting.Mr. Rücker stressed that “delay is more than just a loss of time. Delay will raise tension and play into the hands of extremists on all sides. Delay will not make a solution easier; it will make it much more difficult.”He also reiterated that the implementation of standards – an internationally-agreed series of targets including building democratic institutions, enforcing minority rights, creating a functioning economy and setting up an impartial legal system – remains at the heart of the work of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).“The Government, under the leadership of Prime Minister [Agim] Çeku, has continued to demonstrate effective leadership of standards implementation,” he said, noting recent laws establishing the equal status of the Albanian and Serbian languages and others containing provisions on religious freedom and cultural heritage.Efforts are also being made to repair inter-community relations following the outbreak of violence in March 2004 in which 22 people were killed and hundreds of others injured during attacks by ethnic Albanians on Serb, Roma and Ashkali communities.But Mr. Rücker said many Kosovo Serbs have not returned to their home communities since those riots, and called on Belgrade to encourage returns when conditions are created.The envoy added that Serbia’s continuing call for the province’s Serbian population to boycott Kosovo institutions has undermined the work done by UNMIK and the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government (PISG) to reach out to minority groups.One of the most frequently cited complaints, he said, is the inadequate security for ethnic Serbs, but statistics indicate there has been a sharp drop in potentially ethnically motivated incidents.Mr. Rücker said that UNMIK has already begun planning for what needs to be done – “a highly complex task,” he stressed – once a formal decision on status is made.He said the province will need a new constitution to replace the current framework, which relies on the presence of UNMIK, elections, a review of all legislation passed since UNMIK has been on operation, and a study of what new public institutions will need to be created.“We need to do as much as possible – without prejudice to the status process – before the formal transition period begins with the passage of a resolution by this Council.”After Mr. Rücker’s speech, representatives of numerous countries then addressed the Council during the open debate, with most reiterating their support for the work of UNMIK. read more

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BC Ferries gets new chief financial officer reports 61m loss in last

by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 13, 2015 3:12 pm MDT BC Ferries gets new chief financial officer, reports $6.1m loss in last quarter VICTORIA – BC Ferries has announced the appointment of a new chief financial officer who most recently worked in Ontario’s energy sector.Ferries president Mike Corrigan says that starting in April, Dennis Dodo will also be responsible for government and regulatory affairs.Current CFO, Robert Clark is deferring his retirement and will lead new programs including e-commerce and information technology upgrades, which Corrigan says are critical to the company’s long-term success.BC Ferries says it lost $6.1 million between last October and December, about half the loss it incurred for the same period a year earlier.During the last quarter of 2014, BC Ferries provided 41,000 sailings compared to 45,000 during the same period in 2013 due to planned service cuts in some communities.It says earnings were about $84 million for the last nine months of 2014, up from about $56 million compared to the same period a year earlier. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Its Never Too Early For Gregg Popovich To Call A Timeout

TeamQuick timeouts Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Philadelphia 76ers18 Chicago Bulls17 Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/pop_new.mp400:0000:0000:54Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“You want the clean version or the unedited version of what he’s telling us?” a smiling Green asked me after a recent practice. “In a nutshell, when he calls us over that quickly, it’s to say: ‘Wake up — get your head out of your butt. This is a big game. You can’t fall asleep on defense and fail to execute on the very first play of the game.’ He uses language that’s a little stronger than that, but if he has to call timeout that early, it’s pretty much to chew you out for not really being in the game mentally yet.”Popovich, the longest-tenured coach in American professional sports, has never been shy about burning an early timeout to get his point across. In fact, the Spurs have called 50 percent more timeouts during the first two minutes of games than the next closest team over the past 10 regular seasons, according to analysts Vincent Johnson and Ken Woolums of ESPN Stats & Info. Popovich has called an NBA-high five timeouts within the first two minutes of a game this season — an eye-popping number given that more than a third of the teams in the league haven’t used even one such timeout — and is currently on pace to call more than he ever has in a single season.3As of Monday morning, the Spurs had 12 games left in their season. Dallas Mavericks20 Golden State Warriors18 No other team is closeMost total timeouts within the first two minutes of a game, 2009-18 In a way, the numbers highlight the degree to which this has been an unusually trying year for a Spurs club that’s widely considered the gold standard for consistency in pro sports. San Antonio has reached the playoffs in 20 consecutive seasons — a span in which it won five NBA titles — largely because of its unparalleled injury prevention and perhaps also its ability to enjoy peace and quiet from the drama that threatens so many other franchises.But that hasn’t been the case this year — particularly with injuries. It’s no coincidence that San Antonio, after a rough 6-11 patch over the past 17 games, finds itself in an unfamiliar battle for one of the West’s last playoff spots.4As of Monday morning, FiveThirtyEight’s NBA projection model gave the Spurs — who are on a three-game win streak — a 78 percent probability of reaching the postseason, a vastly improved position from just a week earlier, when the model gave them a 54 percent chance. All this while being unsure of when and whether franchise cornerstone and two-time Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard will come back from a troubling quad injury that’s kept him out nearly the entire season.“If you have different lineups every night and different players, it’s going to be more challenging,” said Popovich, whose team still boasts the third-best defense in the NBA this season. “But you know, quit your crying and just play. And that’s what we’ve done. No one’s crying. No one’s making any excuses. Everybody has problems they have to overcome with their teams.“With us, it’s been the injuries. And it’s very disappointing because we wanted to pick up where we left off last year after 61 wins and going to the conference finals. We had really high hopes. Even without Tony and Kawhi to start, we did very well. Then we kind of hit a wall.”Popovich attributes some of that stagnation to “running out of fuel,” a nod to the less-experienced players he’s had to lean on more than he expected to heading into the season.The surplus of youngsters — and the challenging nature of the season — may explain why Pop has been so quick to call timeouts this season compared with others. Aside from having a military-like focus on the details, he has seemingly felt more of a need to point out veteran players’ miscues so they aren’t repeated by reserves who could someday replace them as the team’s leaders.“He expects us, as veterans who’ve been here long enough, to know these things. To lead more, and to do more,” Green said. “Our leash is exactly the same as everyone else’s. Maybe even shorter. So it’s on us to get those (younger) guys in gear as well. The timeouts are kind of designed to say, ‘If these (starters) can fall in line and take the criticism, you better fall in line, too.’”Popovich said there was no true rhyme or reason to the nature of his timeout calls, other than something looking out of place. “It’s just by the seat of my pants,” he told me. “If I see something that’s particularly egregious based on what our game plan was supposed to be, then I try to do something to get them focused a little bit quicker. It mostly depends on the level of execution deficit, I suppose.”5In fairness to Popovich, while the timeout against the Cavs might have seemed a tad quick, it is unusual for a team to hit a three in the game’s first 10 seconds. Crowder’s three against the Spurs is the only such play in the NBA this season, per Basketball-Reference.com’s Play Index.Popovich’s dedication to precision and his highly choreographed style haven’t always gone over perfectly with his players, of course. Creative playmakers Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, both of whom figure to reach the Hall of Fame someday, have said it took time for them to adjust to Popovich.But the 69-year-old has never been shy about deviating from established coaching norms — sometimes in ways that aren’t immediately recognizable. In the past, Popovich would call timeouts a minute or two ahead of first-quarter commercial breaks that were scheduled to happen anyway — a practice that allowed him to sit his starters and buy them a little bit of extra rest. He’d then bring those players back much earlier in the second quarter than most opponents would, often allowing the Spurs to dominate second periods as a result. (Something easier to recognize: He isn’t afraid to sub all five of his starters out at once if he’s unhappy with effort or execution.)Popovich also doesn’t hesitate to let his players do some of the coaching from time to time. He allowed Parker to walk into the coaches’ huddle during a timeout, then sent Parker to relay the plan to his teammates on the bench — an occurrence that wouldn’t have been that unusual had it not been during the NBA Finals.6Popovich also gives his players quizzes about current events and world history in hopes of having them connect with one another better. SAN ANTONIO — The game against the Cleveland Cavaliers had tipped off only 10 seconds earlier, but as soon as Jae Crowder’s 3-pointer fell through the basket, San Antonio guard Danny Green knew what was coming. The Spurs hadn’t even run an offensive play yet, but as soon as he crossed half-court, Green began walking toward the bench, knowing that his coach would call a timeout.To most watching that nationally televised game in January, the stoppage 14 seconds in seemed out of place. It marked the quickest timeout in an NBA game in almost three years,1Interestingly, Cleveland was the last team to call a timeout this quickly. In March 2015, during a matchup with the Brooklyn Nets, the David Blatt-led Cavs called a timeout just 11 seconds after the game started, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group. according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group. But to Green, it was nothing new. He’s come to expect this sort of thing from Gregg Popovich, who’s called more abrupt timeouts than anyone in recent years — in some cases to shout at Green specifically.2The Spurs’ timeout in January marked the fastest Popovich has called for time in the 21 full seasons he’s been on the job. Prior to this one, you’d have to go back to the 2011-12 season, in which he called a timeout 18 seconds into the action to yank DeJuan Blair, who committed a bad defensive foul after being out of position. San Antonio Spurs30 Popovich’s tinkering this season may have been for naught if Leonard doesn’t return. The Spurs have begun to look like a car that had just enough gas to get home but then had to make a run to the store while still on fumes. Similar to last season, Leonard was the difference between San Antonio potentially contending in the playoffs and simply being another solid NBA team.But regardless of whether the Spurs make the playoffs, one thing is clear: Popovich will always get his points about precision across to his players — even if it means calling a timeout 14 seconds into a game to do so.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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With losing streak finished Ohio State mens lacrosse gets ready for No

OSU players celebrate after a goal during a game against Michigan on April 16 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo Editor“Back to business” might be the best way to describe the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team’s mentality.The Buckeyes (6-7, 1-2) are set to take on No. 5 Maryland (10-2, 3-0) on Sunday, the team’s first game since ending its six-game losing streak on Saturday against Michigan in the annual Showdown in the Shoe.“It (had) been so long since we’ve won, and to have that feeling again was great,” said senior midfielder and co-captain Kacy Kapinos. “We had guys in the locker room saying, ‘Dang this is what it feels like to win again.’”However, with the matchup against the fifth-ranked Terrapins on the horizon and still standing on the outside looking in when it comes to the Big Ten tournament, OSU coach Nick Myers said his team is focused on what’s ahead.“When you get to this point in the year, every game is crucial. We understand the importance of these next two games, and, of course, to qualify for our league tournament,” he said. “But I think the focus still needs to be put on playing Buckeye lacrosse and the execution and efforts to get the result that you want.”Kapinos added that the team is viewing it as a must-win.“Going down to Byrd Stadium will be a great fight, and we’ve definitely got to get this W,” he said.After losing two its first three games, Maryland comes into the game on a nine-game winning streak, including a 10-5 triumph over No. 7 Navy on Tuesday.The Terrapins are 5-0 at home this season. However, Myers said his team is focusing on the matchup and not the venue.“We don’t look too much into the numbers in terms of what their records are. We just know that they’re a great team,” Myers said. “We just got to be really clean and execute our game plan.”Kapinos echoed his coach’s words, stressing the need for the Buckeyes to not be intimidated by the opponent.“We have to be smart with the ball, time our slides well and make sure that we’re … possessing the ball and not afraid to play,” he said.Reliance on seniorsSenior attacker Carter Brown was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after scoring two goals and adding two assists in Saturday’s win over Michigan.Senior attacker Ryan Hunter made plays for the Buckeyes on offense, and senior defensemen Robby Haus and Chris Mahoney anchored a defense that only allowed seven goals on the day.Myers said the veteran leadership his seniors provide are essential as the season comes to a close.“I think any time you’re making a run at the end of the year and you’re coming down the home stretch, your seniors really set the tone,” Myers said.The experience of these seniors could certainly help with the team’s confidence on Sunday. OSU defeated then-No. 6 Maryland last season in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals — a game that was at College Park, Maryland.Emergence of offenseAfter failing to score double-digit goals in six straight games, the Buckeyes have posted two consecutive contests above the 10-goal mark.Myers, however, said there is still a lot of room for improvement for his 44th-ranked offense.“We’ve got to finish the ball better than we have,” Myers said. “We still think we haven’t shot the ball the way we’re capable of. So those are going to be important pieces.”The offense will have to continue to step up as it faces a tough Maryland defense on Sunday.The Terrapins’ defense ranks 10th in the nation, only allowing 7.75 goals per game. Additionally, Maryland senior goalie Kyle Bernlohr is 20th in the nation with a save percentage of 54.4 percent.Kapinos said the gameplan Myers and assistant coach Brad Ross have put together will help the offense to be successful on Sunday.“As long as (the offense) can execute the gameplan and make the fundamental plays, as far as putting the ball in each other’s sticks, throwing their hands when a double comes and making the smart plays, I feel like that’s when they’ll be successful,” Kapinos said.What’s nextThe Scarlet and Gray are scheduled to finish their regular season next week when they take on Rutgers on April 30. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. read more

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What words does President Donald Trump most like to tweet

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3363909 Short URL By Paul Hosford Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 13,274 Views US PRESIDENT DONALD Trump reaches a landmark 100 days in office tomorrow.His time has been punctuated by a number of things; international tensions, trouble with his cabinet and staff and, of course, copious tweets.The world’s most powerful man had sent 486 tweets as of yesterday lunchtime, meaning he will average around 4.8 a day by day 100.But what have been in those tweets? The team at Twitter crunched the numbers and found that these are Trump’s most tweeted words from his @RealDonaldTrump account: Friday 28 Apr 2017, 2:20 PM Image: Andrew Harnikcenter_img Share Tweet Email1 22 Comments What words does President Donald Trump most like to tweet? He reaches 100 days in office tomorrow. Apr 28th 2017, 2:20 PM Image: Andrew Harnik GreatAmerica/American News/MediaJobsTodayFake NewsThankPeople BigCountryAnd who is he tweeting at? The most used handles in his tweets are:@Whitehouse@NYTimes & @foxandfriends (tie)@FoxNews@VP@CNN & @ POTUSUnsurprisingly, his most used hashtag is #MAGA. And this, sent in the wake of protests against him, is the most retweeted of his tweets:Trump was most mentioned on day one, 20 January, but his travel ban on some Muslim majority countries, his border wall executive order and his claim Barack Obama had his wires tapped all make it into his busiest days.Read: Trouble for Le Pen as her replacement steps aside amid allegations of Holocaust deniallast_img read more

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Final 820 WWE Smackdown rating overall rating down

first_img Netflix announces season three of GLOW set to premiere Friday, August 9 Mae Young Classic participants debuting for ROH, ROH originals returning during UK tour Google+ Is WWE Losing Its Audience? WhatsApp Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Pinterest Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Velvet Sky Facebookcenter_img Twitter Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Videos Articles The 8/20 WWE Smackdown on Syfy did a 1.70 cable rating with 2.43 million viewers. This number is up from last week’s show that did a 1.57 cable rating with 2.08 million viewers.Source: Prowrestling.netRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

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Arboretums future uncertain as oversight struggles

first_imgHeritage plaques on John Stanger’s home vouch for the historic significance of the structure, which was built in 1867.A memorial at Vinson Weber’s grave, in the side yard of the home he shared with wife Jane, notes his death in 2000.Those markers commemorate the two families that have owned the waterfront property since the 1840s.For years, the future of that property, known as the Jane Weber Evergreen Arboretum, has been under discussion. Options in the conversation include a city park, a return to private ownership as the site of a family home, or continuing its current role as a nonprofit’s community green space.Weber bequeathed the six-acre property, which slopes from Southeast Evergreen Highway down to the Columbia River, to the Clark College Foundation. He wanted it to become an arboretum honoring his wife, who died in 1974. The dentist and Clark College instructor also envisioned the property becoming an academic resource for the college.Then Weber set up a board of five oversight trustees to ensure that his wishes would be followed.Kelly Punteney, one of the trustees, has gotten a start on landscaping. He also lived on the property for seven years as a caretaker. The project benefits from the hands-on support of volunteers such as Anne Devereaux and Linda Heglin, who showed up a few days ago to work on their favorite garden areas.“Sometimes it takes me an hour to get from my car to my area,” Devereaux said. “I see things to do.”“Mostly, I pull a lot of weeds and keep the blackberries down,” said Heglin, whose home adjoins the Weber property.But despite good intentions, the split ownership-oversight roles are not looking like a great fit for the partners.“It’s an awkward position to be an owner, but not feel like we can make decisions we might (need to) make,” said Lisa Gibert, president and CEO of the Clark College Foundation. “We can’t do this any more.”Punteney said that the trustees have been looking for donors to advance the cause, but “It’s not easy getting grant money when grant agencies don’t know the future.”last_img read more

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Document fees waived for new eligible voters

first_img Recommended for you Amendments will mean less time at polls, next TCI General Election Jamaicans Urged To Follow Guidelines In Voting Process Related Items:document fees, dudley lewis, general elections, voters Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 07 Aug 2015 – It was explained months ago by the Elections Commissioner that the cost of documents to get a Belonger Status Card and thus being registered to vote was hurting the registration process. Dudley Lewis, Elections Supervisor, in an interview with Magnetic Media said he hoped something could be done to re-invigorate interest especially among the younger members of the electorate. At that time, the PNP Administration told us they did not see the fee as a deterrent. Well yesterday, that position changed and government is now prepared to wave document fees to spurn on voter registration. It was shared last September that: “…if persons do not register their names cannot be added to the Preliminary List or Register and they will not be able to exercise their Democratic right to vote whenever general elections is called.The next General Election for the TCI is next year in 2016. TCI Elections may be in 2017; Premier flaunts prerogative Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Spokane prosecutor lines up for gun permit

first_imgSPOKANE — The Spokane County prosecutor says he thinks it’s time he starts carrying a gun so he joined the line of people applying for concealed weapons permits at the Public Safety Building in Spokane.Before he was prosecutor, Steve Tucker was a Washington state trooper, so it’s not a first for him.KXLY-TV talked to Tucker on Tuesday. He waited to be fingerprinted so clerks could confirm his identity and said he planned to “do everything by the rules.”Noting that two prosecutors in Texas were recently gunned down, Tucker said, in his words, “I don’t think we’re safe anywhere anymore and it’s just time to be ready for things if I can be.”He confirms he’s received some threats in the past, including some he’s taken seriously.last_img read more

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Film studio Aardman transfers to employee ownership

first_imgBristol-based film studio Aardman, best-known for animations Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep, has transferred into employee ownership.Founders David Sproxton and Peter Lord have transferred the majority of Aardman’s shares into an employee ownership trust, which will hold the shares on behalf of the employer’s 140-strong workforce. The aim is to ensure that Aardman remains independent and to secure the creative legacy and culture of the organisation that has been built over the last 40 years.Law firm TLT advised on the transfer.Ben Watson, partner at TLT and leader of its employee ownership team, commented: “[We] are delighted to have been able to support [Aardman] in the move to employee ownership. The employee ownership model not only helps to ensure independence for the business, it also shares the rewards with the people who contribute to its success.“With Aardman’s co-founders looking to the future, giving control of the business to its highly creative and long-standing workforce was clearly a very suitable and positive way to move forwards.”The employee ownership trust, effective from 5 November 2018, is being run by a trustee board, made up of independent appointments and representatives selected by the workforce and the organisation’s board. David Pester, TLT’s managing partner, has been appointed as chairman of the trustee board.Aardman’s senior management team will remain in their existing roles and will form the organisation’s executive board. Sproxton will continue as managing director and Lord will stay on as creative director.Sproxton said: “The journey to employee ownership at Aardman started several years ago, prompted by a talk that described a different way of ‘exiting a business’, an alternative to the normal trade sale or [management buyout].“Our own lawyers, TLT, were also taking a real interest in the subject and this gave me confidence that employee ownership could be a viable option for Aardman. The transition itself, with a multitude of documents to explain and sign, went smoothly.”last_img read more

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Road crashes kill 46 in 6 days

first_imgAt least 46 people were killed and 68 others injured in road crashes in eight districts in the last six days till Tuesday, reports UNB.Of them, 23 were killed on Saturday (23 June) alone with 17 in a single road accident in Rangpur while five on Tuesday. In Rangpur, at least 17 people, including five members of a family, were killed and nine others injured in a deadly road accident on Dhaka-Rangpur highway at Kolabari in Pirganj upazila in the small hours of Saturday. The deceased five family members were identified as Alamgir Hossain and Saddam Hossain, sons of Ayub Ali, hailing from Kaliganj upazila in Lalmonirhat district, their sister Shamsunnahar and her husband Anisuzzaman and Ayub’s nephew Monir Hossain. All of the victims were readymade garment workers and most of them were residents of Kaliganj and Aditmari upazilas in Lalmonirhat, said police. Officer-in-charge of Pirganj police station Rezaul Karim said a cement-laden truck carrying the garment workers skidded off the road and fell into a roadside ditch after its driver lost control over the steering. Most of them died as cement sacks fell on them after the truck plunged into the ditch, added the OC. In Comilla, three people were killed and two others injured as a covered van knocked a CNG-run auto-rickshaw in Fuluya area on Comilla-Chandpur road in Laksam upazila.In Gazipur, three people were killed and 10 others injured in a head-on collision between a truck and a human hauler in Mouchak area of the city. In Mymensingh, two people were killed in a road crash at Kazirshimla on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway in Trishal upazila on Tuesday. In Satkhira, a pickup rammed a cattle trader on Tala-Patkelghata road in Tala upazila around 2:30pm, killing him on the spot. In Rajshahi, a restaurant owner, Mokul Hossain, was killed and a police officer injured as a bus ran them over in front of Mohanpur police station in Mohanpur upazila headquarters.In another road crash in Rajshahi, a researcher of Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR) was killed and the driver of his car injured in a road accident near Bidyadharpur Kalina Bridge in Mohanpur upazila in the district on 23 June. The deceased is Mansur Rahman, 60, a resident of Chanduma residential area in Rajshahi and injured driver was Sharirat Ali, 32, of Naodapara in the same district. In Bagerhat, a man was killed and four people were injured as two motorcycles collided on Signboard-Sharankhola road in Morelganj upazila. In Bandarban, at least four people, including three minors, were killed and 23 others injured as a jeep fell into a ditch after hitting a roadside tree in hilly Mirinza tourist area of Lama upazila on Monday. In Faridpur, three people were killed and five others injured as the driver of a private car crashed into the railing of a bridge in Ziakuli area of Nagarkanda upazila. In Naogaon, Samsuddin, 28, son of Afsar Ali of Bil Pakuria village in Sadar upazila, died as a Naogaon-bound bus hit his motorcycle on Sunday while returning home from the district town. In Bogra, five people, including two women, were killed and five others injured in separates road accidents in Sadar, Sherpur and Shahjahanpur upazilas. In Jessore, three people were killed and two others, including Benapole Port deputy director, were injured in separate road accidents on June 22.Also, four people were injured when a truck hit a three-wheeler at Shantola on Jessore-Jhenidah Highway in Jessore. In Chittagong, a madrasah teacher was killed in a road accident in Bandar area of the city on the day.last_img read more

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Sunder Nursery spotlight

first_imgSunder Nursery, 90 acres abutting Humayun’s Tomb, boasting of six World Heritage Monuments, 300 tree and plant species, a paradise garden complete with marble fountains, 80 resident bird species, amongst other attractions, has been named amongst the 100 world’s greatest places of 2018 by Time Magazine.In February 2018, Sunder Nursery was inaugurated as a city park for Delhi by the Vice President of India in the presence of Aga Khan. Since then over 200,000 people have visited here – to view the restored monuments, lush gardens, lakes and plant nursery. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSince 2007, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture following a MoU with the Central Public Works Department and Archaeological Survey of India has undertaken the development of Sunder Nursery, conservation of the monuments and the restoration of the landscape. AKTC received support from Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and US Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation. The landscape architect for Sunder Nursery was the renowned, late M Shaheer. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn the first annual list of the ‘World’s Greatest Places’, the magazine aimed at identifying ‘relevant destinations that are worth experiencing’ in 2018. The 100 sites were chosen on ‘factors including quality, originality, innovation, sustainability, and influence’. The list of 100 ‘World’s Greatest Places’ – prepared by ‘dozens of industry experts’ has sites from 48 countries and includes Museums, Restaurants, Hotels, Libraries, Cultural venues, amongst others. Only two public parks are included in the list of 100, Sunder Nursery and Moscow’s Zaryadye Park. Sunder Nursery, the fourth entry on the list, is described as, “…its hard to get away in New Delhi. But now the Indian capital offers a respite: the city’s first arboretum. Unveiled in February, the 90-acre complex is a horticulture haven with restored Mughal era monuments and water features.”last_img read more

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Visit Sunshine Coast appoints new highprofile New Zealand representat

first_imgSource = Visit Sunshine Coast Visit Sunshine Coast appoints new high-profile New Zealand representativeVisit Sunshine Coast appoints new high-profile New Zealand representativeVisit Sunshine Coast (VSC) has announced the appointment of Louise Brooks (Sneddon) as the Queensland region’s New Zealand representative under her own business, Elbe Communications.Louise is one of New Zealand’s most experienced tourism marketers, with a long history of promoting Australian destinations in the New Zealand marketplace.She has worked with leading organisations including Air New Zealand, Travel 2, Harvey World Travel and for the past 11 years, has headed up her own travel and tourism PR agency, 4pr which she retains an interest in. Clients have included Tourism Australia, Tourism and Events Queensland, Carnival Cruise Lines and Niue Island Tourism.New Zealand continues to be the Sunshine Coast’s most important international market, with direct services by Air New Zealand from Auckland helping deliver 62,000 New Zealand tourists to the region annually and 538,000 room nights, an increase of 22.9% to the year ending March 2016.Louise has helped promote Queensland as a premium destination for general and niche tourism for many years and brings a wealth of experience of the New Zealand market to Visit Sunshine Coast. Her extensive PR, marketing, and event management skills, enviable product knowledge, and extensive contacts in the industry will be a significant asset for the Sunshine Coast.CEO, Simon Latchford said, “New Zealand continues to be one of the Sunshine Coast’s primary markets, and with the region’s increased range of attractions, our year-round high-profile events calendar, and our accessibility through both Sunshine Coast and Brisbane airports, we will be expecting significant growth out of New Zealand.“New Zealand plays a particularly important role in boosting visitation during winter and shoulder seasons, with the direct Air New Zealand flights attracting not only leisure travellers but incentive and conference groups wanting a high quality destination that is directly accessible from Auckland.“Louise will work closely with the trade and partners to drive key marketing strategies and continue to develop the Sunshine Coast ‘brand’, which celebrates its 50thanniversary in 2017.“Louise’s experience in the New Zealand tourism industry, her passion for travel and tourism, and her strong PR and marketing experience will prove a great asset to the Sunshine Coast,” he added.Louise Brooks will commence with VSC this week. Visit Sunshine Coastlast_img read more

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Its no secret what the Arizona Cardinals brass is

first_imgIt’s no secret what the Arizona Cardinals brass is up to right now. Head coach Bruce Arians spent Wednesday at his alma mater, Virginia Tech, running quarterback Logan Thomas through drills and figuring out what makes the young man tick.There seems to also be a lot of negativity around Thomas, but there’s a lot of talent in that 6-foot-6, 248-pound frame — talent that is sure to have many GMs and scouts wondering if they could be the team to pull it out of him. Thomas did his best work in the intermediate zones (10-19 yards) last season but he STRUGGLED with getting the ball deep.Thomas also didn’t get much help. Hokies’ receivers dropped an NCAA-worst 39 passes in 2013.The average number of drops per season in the NFL for the receiver position is about 20, which would raise Thomas’ not-so-good completion percentage from 56.5 to a much more palatable 61.4.Thomas needs to be broken down and built back up again. He’s the definition of an unfinished product, but his natural talents, size and athleticism makes him the perfect type of wait-and-see quarterback.There are also other player traits Thomas possesses that need to be looked at. His time at tight end in high school, his size and his athleticism makes him a great candidate for a positional change if he doesn’t pan out as a quarterback.His ceiling may be higher than anyone else’s in this draft at the quarterback position, but his floor may be the lowest, and that’s where the NFL franchises will have to lean on their coaches and player development.Cardinals SpinHere’s the deal — no quarterback in this draft, or maybe in the last several drafts, fits the Bruce Arians profile of a quarterback more than Logan Thomas. He’s a big, strong, downfield passer, with the size and mobility to extend plays and evade defenders to get big plays down the field.Thomas has a lot of similarities to Ben Roethlisberger, but with more mobility. The problem is he doesn’t have the passing chops of even a middling NFL quarterback at this point.With the team of Arians, offensive guru Tom Moore, quarterbacks coach Freddie Kitchens, and with Carson Palmer already in place, the Cardinals have the team necessary to bring Thomas along slowly, develop him and give him the chance to figure things out on the field.If he’s able to get the basics of quarterbacking, the sky may be the limit, but there’s a large chasm between where Thomas is and where he needs to get to if he’s ever to be an NFL-caliber starting quarterback.If he gets there, though, his abilities lend themselves to being a great fit in the Bruce Arians downfield passing game, giving the Cardinals that young quarterback of the future they so desperately need.The last thing to figure out is where do the Cardinals like him (if at all) versus where does the rest of the NFL likes him? There seems to be an idea that maybe, just maybe Thomas will go on day two of the NFL Draft, and if that’s the spot, do the Cardinals feel comfortable taking a stab in round two or three? The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo We’ll know soon enough. What do they see?Where could he go?Does he fit the Bruce Arians quarterback profile?Strengths• Thomas has an outstanding size profile, he’s thickly-built with broad shoulders and good upper and lower-body weight distribution.• Thomas is extremely athletic — he was a highly recruited tight end prospect coming out of high school.• Excellent at using size and athleticism to evade pressure and shrugging off would-be sacks.• Shows elite arm strength, with the ability to get zip on the ball to all levels of the field.• Puts the ball into tight windows that few other quarterbacks can.• Good, over-the-top throwing motion.• Throws well on the move.Weaknesses• Erratic, streaky passer who gets really hot and extremely cold.• Pocket presence is hit-and-miss, doesn’t sense pass rushers off the back side.• Struggles with footwork and mechanics far too often, like he is still learning to play the position.• Doesn’t throw with anticipation, has to see an open receiver to make a throw.• Ball placement suffers because of mechanical problems and the inability to throw to spots.OverallThomas was the buzz of the NFL Draft world heading into the 2012 college football season after putting up respectable numbers as a sophomore. He completed 59.8 percent of his passes with 19 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions, but his growth seemed to stall from there, at least on the surface. Top Stories Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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