Trade procurement and Kevin OLeary three ways politics mattered this week

first_imgOTTAWA – Politics groupies suddenly found themselves this week discussing the pros and cons of cupping, of all things, after the prime minister popped up on a podcast with telltale purple circles on his forearms.Cupping, just FYI, is an alternative therapy that involves placing suction cups on the skin to draw blood to the surface. Made famous by swimmer Michael Phelps among others. And yes, Justin Trudeau is a fan.And water coolers across the capital also overheard many a conversation about Trudeau’s admission that his father used his connections to help his brother Michel deal with a minor marijuana charge: was it a smart move to show empathy with youth? Or a sign of privilege blinding the prime minister to the need for an amnesty for small pot infractions?But chatter about cupping and privilege quickly took a back seat to far more serious matters as the week progressed. Long-standing assumptions about Canada-U.S. trade, the country’s military procurement system and the Conservative leadership were challenged to the core. Here are three ways federal politics touched Canadians this week:TRADE TURMOILIf there were any remaining believers in the theory that when U.S. President Donald Trump talked about tearing up NAFTA he was really just talking Mexico, they were converted this week.Trump has repeatedly singled out Canada in recent days for not being fair. Canada’s dairy regime hurts U.S. farmers. Canada’s lumber is too cheap and needs to face stiff duties. NAFTA should be ditched, or perhaps just renegotiated, but in a way that prevents Canada and Mexico from continuing to take advantage of American generosity. And Bombardier Inc. is way too subsidized.The federal government has confronted the accusations with lists of facts and figures, direct talks with Trump and his team, and a public plea to be reasonable and polite. Retaliation does not seem to be in the cards at this point, partly because the only material measure taken against Canada by Trump so far is a 20-per-cent lumber duty. With so much more hanging in the balance, Ottawa does not want to make matters worse.PROCUREMENT AND INTEGRITYDetails released this week about the saga of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman served as a stark reminder of the mess that is Canada’s multi-billion-dollar military procurement system.Documents obtained by the RCMP and submitted to the court in its case against Norman show in colourful relief that the omnipresent chase for military contracts is high-stakes, ruthless and endlessly political.Norman was the military’s second in command until he was suspended without explanation in January. The RCMP accuses him of leaking cabinet secrets — ostensibly to make sure he could get a supply ship built quickly by a Quebec-based shipyard.The correspondence paints a picture of military operators and competitive industry players plotting relentlessly to manipulate not just each other but also the media and elected politicians.It’s not clear yet whether Norman did anything wrong, or if he was caught in the shadowy network of lobbying and arm-twisting that has come to define procurement in Canada.Government after government has sought to reform the procurement rules and create new bureaucracies to ensure that taxpayers’ money and legitimate military goals are treated with respect. As one of the Armed Forces’ most widely respected leaders strives to clear his name, it’s obvious there’s some work to do yet.CONSERVATIVES MINUS O’LEARYThe Conservative leadership race was turned on its head this week when Kevin O’Leary — a reality TV star and a presumed front-runner in the leadership contest — suddenly pulled out and threw his support behind rival Maxime Bernier.The drawn-out contest to replace Stephen Harper will be decided on May 27, but Conservatives will see a different dynamic over the next few weeks now that O’Leary has essentially conceded to Bernier and arguably robbed some of the other 12 contenders of their focal point.O’Leary was a latecomer to the race but he injected it with profile and attitude, and challenged it with an unorthodox vision of what it means to be conservative. But he also confirmed, in the end, that the tradition of party leaders speaking both official languages is one that can’t be jettisoned with impunity — even in the age of Trumpian unorthodoxy.last_img read more

Snake sighting but still no success in finding missing python in Delta

first_imgDELTA, B.C. – A missing pet python named Gypsy was spotted on the Canada Day long weekend in Delta, B.C., shortly after it disappeared into a farmer’s field June 30.Delta Police say someone spotted the dark caramel-coloured snake near the Westham Island Bridge and snapped a photo, but didn’t tell an animal shelter about what they had seen until July 3.The police say the information came to light after they issues a news release about the two-metre-long ball python on Saturday.They say bylaw inspectors have made patrols of the area, but have not seen the snake, and no other sightings have been reported.Police say ball pythons are non-venomous, more docile than other types of snakes and primarily eat mice, rats and birds in the wild.They know the snake’s owner but do not know the circumstances of how the creature came to be in a farmer’s field, or even in which field it was last seen.last_img read more

Trump promises help with Canadian detainees in China as Trudeau visits DC

first_imgU.S. President Donald Trump signalled Thursday that he will raise the issue of two Canadians detained in China when he meets with the Chinese president next week.The two Canadians have been languishing behind bars in China since shortly after Canada arrested high-tech executive Meng Wanzhou late last year at the behest of U.S. authorities.Speaking to reporters as he and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sat in the Oval Office, Trump vowed to do whatever he could in the cases of Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig when he meets China’s President Xi Jinping at next week’s G20 leaders’ summit in Japan, if Trudeau – as expected – asks for his help.Canada has been caught in the crossfire after the RCMP arrested Meng last December in Vancouver, where she awaits extradition south of the border to face allegations of fraud in violating Iran sanctions.Trudeau doesn’t have a planned meeting with Xi, unlike Trump. The U.S.-China meeting next week is focused on a trade deal.“We have a meeting set up with President Xi and it’s obviously on the big transaction that we’re talking about and negotiating. Our people are actually speaking now. We’ll see what happens, but anything I can do to help Canada I will be doing,” Trump told reporters in the White House.“I would, at Justin’s request, I will actually bring it up.”Trudeau’s trip to Washington, including his third Oval Office visit since Trump was elected in 2016, is aimed primarily at pushing the new North American trade agreement over the finish line in both countries.Canada has started the ratification process, with legislation making its way through Parliament. Lawmakers in Mexico voted Wednesday in a landslide to ratify the deal, which U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer called “a crucial step forward.”Trump needs to persuade his Democratic opponents in the House of Representatives – in particular Speaker Nancy Pelosi – to allow the actual start of the ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).Pelosi and her fellow Democrats want stronger enforcement mechanisms for the deal’s new labour and environmental provisions – and Trudeau’s visit might be just the thing needed to pry loose her support.Trump sounded upbeat in the Oval Office, saying he expected Pelosi and the Democrats would “do the right thing” and back the deal in Congress.“Let’s see what happens, but I really believe that Nancy Pelosi and the House will approve it, I think the Senate will approve it rapidly. It’s going to be very bipartisan,” the president said.“I hope politically they can do what they have to do. Now, the day after the election, it would win with a tremendous support, but we have an election coming up, but I think Nancy Pelosi is going to do the right thing.”Canada, meanwhile, has been building strong support for the new NAFTA and open borders within the U.S. and it has many American business allies in its corner.“It’s an opportunity for us, as you say, to keep talking about how we worked hard to build a great trade deal that’s good for Canadian workers, good for American workers, good for Mexican workers as well. We’re moving forward on the ratification process aligned with you,” Trudeau told Trump.Trudeau met with Pelosi shortly after his White House visit. Speaking on Capitol Hill, Pelosi said she looked forward to a “lively discussion” on global security issues and the economic relationship between the two countries, particularly regarding trade.“Canada is our trusted neighbour, our relationship is a warm one and it is an honour again to have the prime minister visit,” she said.A planned meeting between Trudeau and Mitch McConnell, the U.S. Senate majority leader, has been postponed. Trump invited congressional leaders, including McConnell and Pelosi, to a White House briefing on Iran scheduled for the same time Trudeau was to meet McConnell.The prime minister’s day could prove to be a pivotal visit to the U.S. capital not only for North American trade and Canada’s strained relationship with China, but for the campaign-bound prime minister himself. An earnest end to the tensions between Trudeau and Trump, which erupted into full view following last year’s G7 summit in Quebec, could prove useful to the governing Liberals when Canadians head to the polls this fall.Trudeau called the meeting with Trump “a really great opportunity” for the two countries “to build on the closest alliance in the world.”“Obviously today as well, on top of the great news in the Canadian and American economies, we’re continuing the work on a broad range of global issues,” the prime minister added.The two leaders said they will discuss the situation with Iran, whose Revolutionary Guard shot down a U.S. surveillance drone on Thursday morning. The move sparked competing and unverifiable accounts over where the downing occurred and deepened a conflict between the U.S. and Iran. The Guard said the drone was over Iranian airspace and U.S. said it was over the international Strait of Hormuz.“Iran made a big mistake. This drone was in international waters, clearly, we have it all documented, it’s documented scientifically, not just words, and they made a very bad mistake,” Trump said.Trump later said he believed that it might have been a rogue commander who made an error by shooting the down the unarmed, unmanned drone. Asked how the United States would respond, Trump said, “let’s just see what happens. … It’s all going to work out.”Canadian soldiers are in nearby Iraq as part of a NATO effort to train Iraqi military forces.“Obviously, we’re very concerned about the escalation by Iran recently,” Trudeau said.“We look forward to discussing with our closest ally their perspectives on this and how we can move forward as an international community.”last_img read more

Achievers Toastmasters Club celebrating 25 years of leadership and communication

first_imgThe Achievers Toastmasters Club 25 Year Celebration is taking place on April 27 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Whole Wheat & Honey.Tickets for the event are $15.00.For more information, and to purchase tickets, you can visit the Achievers Toastmasters Club’s Facebook page. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Achievers Toastmasters Club is celebrating 25 years of leadership and communication as a non-profit organization in Fort St. John.In honour of this milestone, the Toastmasters Club will be holding a celebration on April 27 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Whole Wheat & Honey.According to event organizers, it will be a night of good food and inspiration with Guest Speaker Lowry Olafson who will speak on the ‘Path to Success’.last_img

Rodman Hall hosts international poster exhibit about violence against women

The Coalition to End Violence Against Women and Rodman Hall Art Centre have partnered to present the Violence against Women 365 international poster exhibition.The exhibition was created to highlight the global issue of violence against women. The concept behind the exhibition is simple: There are 365 days in the year but during every day of the year, every hour in the day, every minute of the hour and every second of the minute, somewhere in this world, women – regardless of race, colour or religion – are being subjected to violence, abuse, neglect or rape. This also includes children.The posters in the exhibition come from more than 73 countries, each representing one day of the year. Each image reinforces that all forms of violence against women and children are unacceptable, no matter where one lives in the world.Exhibition organizer Colm Dempsey will make a presentation on violence prevention on March 7 at 5:30 p.m. Dempsey has presented at international conferences and forums about violence against women and children in throughout the world.The Coalition to End Violence Against Women is a collective of local organizations working toward ending violence against women by raising awareness, educating, sharing information, networking and identifying and breaking down systemic barriers that perpetuate violence.The exhibit is open to the public and the coalition will host group tours. The Violence against Women 365 runs from Feb. 28 to March 7, at the Rodman Hall Art Centre, 109 St. Paul Cres. read more

Asian highway network to spread across continent after landmark deal UN

During a two-day a meeting in Bangkok, ESCAP developed its first intergovernmental agreement – a deal it said in a statement would realize “the vision of an efficient, reliable regional transport network” for the continent.The Asian highway route AH1 currently runs from Pusan in the Republic of Korea to Fukuoka and Tokyo in Japan. The new agreement means the network will eventually extend to 32 member countries of ESCAP with more than 140,000 kilometres of highways.ESCAP Executive Secretary Kim Hak-Su told the meeting that strong transport links are crucial if countries want to advance in a globalized economy. The agreement will be formally signed in Shanghai in April.

Football Damon Webb coming off best spring into role as the man

Ohio State senior cornerback Damon Webb (7) is the lone returning starter in the secondary and will lead a young unit into the 2017 season. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorWalking off the field at University of Phoenix Stadium after a 31-0 loss in the Fiesta Bowl, then-junior Damon Webb was the only member of the starting secondary who would play another game in an Ohio State uniform.Less than two weeks later, cornerbacks Gareon Conley and Marshon Lattimore and safety Malik Hooker all declared pro and are projected first-round picks in the NFL draft at the end of April. Webb, the only returning member of a menacing secondary, has undergone a change entering his fourth and final season in Columbus.“I think that sometimes you have to be the man to be the man,” said Kerry Coombs, cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator. “And he is the man back there.”Webb was overshadowed the entire 2016 season by soon-to-be NFL draft pick Hooker, who had seven interceptions and three defensive touchdowns playing alongside Webb at safety. In his first full season as a starter, Webb was named honorable mention All-Big Ten after posting 52 tackles (fourth-best on the team), three pass breakups and one interception he returned for a score.He played in eight games his freshman season, but faced adversity during his sophomore campaign when he was suspended for nearly half the regular season for an undisclosed reason.Originally recruited as a cornerback, Webb switched to safety in the spring before the 2016 season. Now, Webb is the only sure thing at safety.“Right now, the guy who performed like a starter is Damon Webb,” OSU defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said. “He had his best stretch of football that I’ve ever seen in him, and I haven’t seen that much, but from what I’ve seen, it was his best stretch of football. He has a look about him, a focus that I think this is going to be a huge summer for him. He’s going to come back and have a great senior year.”A refocused Webb might be the best thing that can happen to a defense whose only question marks are in the secondary. Junior Denzel Ward and redshirt sophomore Damon Arnette are two returning cornerbacks who will assume larger roles this fall with a room full of inexperienced players. Likewise, sophomore Jordan Fuller and freshman Isaiah Pryor are two young members of the safety unit who came to OSU with hype similar to Webb’s.Coombs said Webb has lost weight, gained quickness and even called him “probably the smartest player” on defense.In the offseason, Schiano said Webb was constantly in the film room, watching his mistakes and correcting them in spring practice. When Schiano met with Webb for his exit meeting following Saturday’s spring game, Schiano left with great confidence in the senior from Detroit who’s still trying to leave his mark on OSU football.“This is it. He’s got that one year left before he’s done with his college career,” Schiano said. “You can see an increased urgency in everything he’s doing … I think he’s an incredibly focused guy right now.” read more

Womens Volleyball Ohio State loses to Illinois beats Northwestern in 30 sweep

Members of Ohio State women’s volleyball team celebrate their final match point and victory against Maryland on Sept. 20. The Buckeyes won the match 3-0. Credit: Rebecca Farage | For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team lost Friday night to Illinois (15-4, 6-2 Big Ten) in a 3-0 sweep, but bounced back Saturday by beating Northwestern (12-8, 2-6 Big Ten) in three straight sets.The Buckeyes moved to 11-8 overall and 4-4 in the Big Ten.IllinoisAlthough the Buckeyes had a slow start to the weekend, senior outside hitter Ashley Wenz helped her team with 15 kills, 13 digs and two blocks on the night. Senior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer contributed 10 kills and freshman defensive specialist Hannah Gruensfelder was responsible for 15 digs.Freshman middle blocker Lauren Witte was the surprise of the evening. She delivered seven kills on 11 swings with a .455 hitting percentage, with only two errors. She also played a strong defense with three blocks.Ohio State began the opening set with a 12-10 lead against the Illini. After an 18-all tie, the Buckeyes took four straight to move into a 22-18 lead before Illinois recorded seven of the next eight points to take the set, 25-23.The dramatic conclusion to the first set carried over to the next as Ohio State trailed the entire way through and lost 25-19.Although they fell behind early on in the third, Schirmer notched two kills and an ace to tie the set at 18. Unfortunately for Ohio State, Illinois converted seven of the final nine points to complete the sweep, 25-20..NorthwesternOhio State was able to come back on Saturday night against Northwestern with a 3-0 win, outscoring the Wildcats by 29 points and restricting them to a .074 attacking percentage.The Buckeyes played a convincing match with nine blocks and a .308 hitting percentage. Once again, Wenz drove the team to victory with 11 kills and three blocks of her own. Junior setter Taylor Hughes led the team with five blocks, three aces, and recorded 29 assists.Ohio State began the game on a high note with a 12-4 lead in the first set. Northwestern bounced back with a 9-3 run, but the Buckeyes scored 10 consecutive points and won the set 25-13.The second was a bit of a toss-up between both teams, but the Buckeyes pulled away late with a 5-1 run, securing the 25-18 win with an ace from SchirmerOhio State maintained its steady pace in the third set and and got some help at the net from Hughes and Witte, who tallied back-to-back blocks. The Buckeyes built a 22-10 lead, but the Wildcats fought back with four straight points. The Buckeyes continued to deliver both offensively and defensively, taking the set 25-15.Ohio State will return to St. John Arena for a match against No. 6 Minnesota at 8 p.m. Wednesday. read more

Google to rent Chromebooks for 30 per month

first_imgDespite the ongoing success of Android, elements in Google are still pushing Chrome OS aggressively. Consumers have yet to embrace the low-cost cloud connected laptops, but Google thinks businesses in particular could be persuaded to try Chrome. To those ends, Google is working with CIT to rent new Samsung Chromebooks for $30 per month.Chromebooks have some appeal, especially when you need to add computing capacity quickly. There is no software to install or patches to run. Users just log in, and the entire experience can be managed from a web console. Google also includes 24/7 support. When a device is no longer needed, like when the political campaign season is over and all those temp workers leave, the rental Chromebook %displayPrice% at %seller% can be returned.In the new rental program, the monthly cost goes down the longer a unit is deployed. After a year the charge goes down to $25 each month, and a year later it drops to $20. If portability is not necessary, a Chromebox can be rented starting at $25 per month. There is also a 3-year warranty on each unit, so you can swap them out if something goes wrong.The program is apparently only open for a limited time, possibly as a trial run. Even if you’re not a business, you can get in on the fun. However, it’s fairly clear that Google is aiming this at businesses in an effort to increase the usage of Google Apps. With Chromebooks still selling for $400-600, a rental program makes a lot of sense.via Googlelast_img read more

Doctor gave Patrick Quirke antidepressants after he claimed he was stressed over

first_img Share2 Tweet Email2 By Eoin Reynolds Doctor gave Patrick Quirke anti-depressants after he claimed he was stressed over affair, court told A GP said Quirke was “upset” at Mary Lowry’s relationship with Bobby Ryan. No Comments Patrick Quirke leaving the Criminal Courts of Justice last month Image: Updated Mar 6th 2019, 9:20 PM A DOCTOR PRESCRIBED Patrick Quirke on a course of anti-depressants to help him sleep after he complained of being stressed over his affair with Mary Lowry, the Central Criminal Court has heard.Tipperary General Practitioner Dr Ivor Hanrahan said Mr Quirke, who is on trial for the alleged murder of Bobby “Mr Moonlight” Ryan, was “upset and quite hurt” about Lowry’s relationship with Ryan.Mr Quirke (50) of Breanshamore, Co Tipperary has pleaded not guilty to the murder of part-time DJ Bobby Ryan. Ryan went missing on 3 June 2011 after leaving his girlfriend Mary Lowry’s home at about 6.30am.His body was found in an underground run-off tank on the farm owned by Lowry and leased by the accused at Fawnagown, Tipperary 22 months later in April 2013. The prosecution claims that Quirke murdered Ryan so he could rekindle an affair with Lowry (52).Dr Hanrahan today told prosecution counsel Michael Bowman SC that Quirke came for a routine consultation in September 2010 and mentioned a number of work and financial “stressors” he was dealing with at the time and that he was having difficulty sleeping.The doctor suggested medication but Quirke wasn’t keen, so the doctor referred him to a counsellor. Around mid-September, Dr Hanrahan received a phone call from the counsellor and as a result of what he heard he prescribed Mirtazapine, an antidepressant, to Quirke.He said he primarily prescribed the drug to help Quirke’s sleep which was disturbed.Confidential matterIn late 2010 and January 2011 the doctor had a number of phone conversations with the accused over a ten-day period and prescribed a number of other medications to help with sleep disturbance. He said Quirke remained upset and distressed and had other issues which he didn’t want to discuss.Dr Hanrahan suggested a face-to-face consultation which took place on 3 February 2011. They had a long consultation during which Quirke told the doctor that he had been having an affair with Mary Lowry, his wife’s sister-in-law, which was a source of stress and upset to him.Quirke asked the doctor not to make a note of the conversation so the doctor wrote in his file only that they discussed a confidential matter.By the time this conversation took place, he said Quirke had stopped taking the medication as it didn’t seem to have helped him. They discussed the impact of the affair on Quirke’s mental health and well-being.From what Quirke told him, the doctor believed that the relationship had at that point come to an end because she had started a relationship with another man.He said his understanding was that Quirke still had feelings for Lowry and “was quite hurt and upset that she had become involved with somebody else”.Adjustment disorderThe doctor further explained that he prescribed antidepressants rather than sleeping tablets as people can become addicted to sleeping tablets.Under cross examination, he told defence counsel Bernard Condon SC that there are two kinds of depression, one brought on by a stressful life event and the other in the absence of a particular event.He said he felt in Quirke’s case he was suffering from adjustment disorder which can be a consequence of a stressful life event. He said Quirke may not have met the criteria for depression.The doctor agreed with Condon that Quirke may have thought he had been diagnosed with depression because of the medication he had been prescribed. However, the doctor repeated that he had prescribed the medication “mainly” to treat sleep disturbance.The second witness of the dayBreda O’Dwyer told Bowman that she works as an artificial insemination technician and worked with Quirke’s cows for about 15 years. She had an understanding with Quirke that she would call to his farm every morning unless he texted her telling her he didn’t have any cows bulling.By the time she arrived at his farm, she said, Quirke would normally have finished milking and the milking parlour would be cleaned and he would be on his way for his breakfast. He would leave a post-it note for her with the details of any cows that needed to be inseminated that morning.On 3 June 2011, the day Ryan went missing, she said that as far as she could recollect Quirke was still in the pit milking his cows when she arrived. The time would have been “9.30 anyway” she said.The witness told Bowman she referred to her diary previously when gardaí asked about what happened that day and discovered that she inseminated two heifers that morning.Under cross-examination, she told Condon that she no longer has that diary and when gardaí asked her for it she could not find it. In her direct evidence she told Bowman that the insemination would have taken about 15 minutes and Quirke was still in the pit as she left.The witness also said that Quirke texted her that morning at 7.24am but she doesn’t know what the text was about. She said normally if he were to text her in the morning it would be to tell her he had no cows and if he had no cows she would not call.She said she spoke to Quirke about the discovery of Ryan’s body. She said she “wasn’t going to talk to him about the weather” when there were stories in the newspapers.They would have a “general conversation” about it, she said. She remembered one conversation in which Quirke asked her did she remember that Sean Dillon – a youngster who worked on the farm at the time – was with him that morning of 3 June 2011.She said she didn’t see Sean there but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t there. He could have been somewhere else on the farm, she said.Under cross examination the witness said she was mistaken in an earlier statement to gardaí when she said it was “standard practice for all the farmers to text me every morning.”She explained that she no longer has the diary as she is only required to keep it for between one and two years. The witness explained that she had the diary in June 2013 when she checked it to see if she had gone to Quirke’s farm that day.Gardaí came looking for the diary six months later but she couldn’t find it then.She denied that she could be mistaken about seeing Quirke milking cows on 3 June. She said the time she would arrive at Quirke’s farm does not vary much but it could vary sometimes.He would normally, she said, be first or second on her list of farms to visit.Sean Dillon told David Humphries BL for the prosecution that he worked on Quirke’s farm from the age of about 7. He was 14 in June 2011.The day after his school holidays began that month he was working on Quirke’s farm and moving bales on his own family farm a few minutes drive away. Milking usually finished around 9.30am, he said, but he agreed with Condon that the times could vary if cows were further out in the fields or if other jobs needed to be done.When he heard about Ryan’s body being found in the tank at Fawnagowan he said he was frightened by it. He had been working close to it not long before.Justice Eileen Creedon told the jury of six men and six women that they are not required tomorrow but will be required on Friday.Comments have been closed for legal reasons. 22,992 Views Wednesday 6 Mar 2019, 9:20 PMcenter_img Mar 6th 2019, 3:29 PM Image: Patrick Quirke leaving the Criminal Courts of Justice last month Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


first_imgQUESTION OF THE DAYHAS THE FULL MEMBERSHIP OF THE SUPREME COUNTRY COURT BEEN APPOINTED?This is the question that many people are raising. Many cases are pending at this high office waiting for decision. Some of these cases have in fact outlived the judicial process. Foroyaa will conduct investigation to find out the true state of the judicial process.last_img

Mega Force Band to open Grand Turk Island Fish Fry

first_img Recommended for you Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Mar 2015 – Surprise, surprise; today from noon Grand Turk launches its own version of Island Fish Fry. The announcement came late yesterday from the Ministry of Tourism which explained, the time of day for the Island Fish Fry in the Capital will be different as it will cater to the thousands of cruise ship passengers in GT. The Island Fish Fry in Grand Turk will be a twice monthly event and opens today at the historic Victoria Public Library, with native show and live performance by the Mega Force Band. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Fish fry, grand turk Cruise figures forecast to drop, says Tourism Director RBC Team off to Grand Turk with EZ Paylast_img read more

Race for the Conch impresses Rowdy Gaines US Gold Medal Olympian

first_img What’s on TONIGHT in Providenciales Related Items:race for the conch, Ricky’s Flamingo Cafe, rowdy gaines Water Fun Weekend with Windvibes, Billfish Release Tourney and Race for the Conch Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Rugby on the Beach Saturday at Ricky’s Flamingo Café Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 Jul 2015 – An uncommon swim is how most of the visiting participants in this year’s Race for the Conch Eco Sea Swim described their experience in the waters of the World’s #1 beach. Over 200 swimmers were signed up including Rowdy Gaines, American three time Olympic gold medalist who after the swim race talked about picking up a starfish, playing with a stingray and spotting fish in the course of the crystal clear turquoise waters just off Ricky’s Flamingo Café. Seventeen junior swimmers from Barbados were also in country; they too said they found the underwater sea life captivating and said the swim was a challenge. Chloe Zimmerman, co-founder of the Race for the Conch said the event has grown rapidly; she was thankful to sponsors and government including the TCI Tourist Board for support of the summer swim meet. This week, we post highlights from the fun which also goes to One Caribbean Television, seen in 24 Caribbean countries and US cities.last_img read more

What Are Town Boards Committees Talking About Week of March 10 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to the Wilmington Town Clerk’s calendar, there are several town and school board, committee and commission meeting scheduled for the week of Sunday, March 10, 2019.Sunday, March 10No MeetingsMonday, March 11The Wilmington Housing Authority meets at 4pm in Deming Way’s Community Hall. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. (An Executive Session precedes the meeting at 6pm.) Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Historical Commission meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 4. Read the agenda HERE.Tuesday, March 12No MeetingsWednesday, March 13The Wilmington School Committee meets at 7pm in the High School’s Large Instruction Room. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Board of Appeals meets sat 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Thursday, March 14The Wilmington Recreation Commission meets at 5pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Friday, March 15No MeetingsSaturday, March 16No Meetings(NOTE: While unlikely, it is possible additional meetings could be added to this week’s calendar on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.  It’s best to check the Town Clerk’s calendar mid-week.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat’s Happening At Town Meetings This Week? (Week of September 8, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of June 9, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

Ubers new quiet mode lets you avoid small talk with drivers

first_img Originally published May 15 at 7:28 a.m. PT.Update at 8:02 a.m. PT: Adds more detail about Uber’s new features. Now playing: Watch this: 0:47 Uber Mobile Roadshow 0 Tags Post a comment Share your voice Uber’s new features will make your rides a bit smoother (and quieter). Uber Depending on where you are, it’s a toss-up whether your Uber driver will talk your ear off. Sure, they’re being nice. But if you’re jetlagged or on the last leg of a wild Friday night, small talk may be the last thing you want. Uber is introducing a new in-app way to opt out of a conversation with your driver in the most polite way possible. Starting Thursday, the Quiet Mode feature is available for Uber Black SUV rides, according to a release from the company. Riders can choose between “Quiet Preferred,” “Happy to Chat” or “No preference,” TechCrunch reported after tests. Other features the ride-share company is adding for the Uber Black include help with luggage, temperature control and extended pickup times. Uber is also adding access to premium phone support so riders can get in touch with live agents, a promise of professionalism from its drivers and consistent vehicle quality. In addition, Uber is working to make sure passengers don’t “door” bicyclists. Dooring happens when a driver or passenger opens a car door in the path of a bike rider, resulting in a crash. Uber’s new pilot program, announced Wednesday, includes an in-app feature that warns passengers if they’re being dropped off on a street with a bike lane. It also reminds drivers that it’s illegal to stop in a bike lane in most cities. Uber rings in its IPOlast_img read more

Telegram to introduce its own cryptocurrency in October report says

first_img Turo What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Chris Monroe/CNET Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Comments See It $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Tags Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $999 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Mobile 7 The Cheapskate See at Amazon TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Share your voice Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Read Google Home Hub review See at Turo JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Read DJI Osmo Action preview 4:02 See It Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Angela Lang/CNET Rylo Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsMore to come! Note: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $59 at eBay I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $210 at Best Buy The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Telegram is reportedly coming out with its own cryptocurrency.  Telegram Encrypted messaging service Telegram will offer its own cryptocurrency in the fall, according to a report from The New York Times on Wednesday. The company reportedly wants its digital coin to function as a new online currency that will let people transfer money around the wold, similar to Facebook’s newly unveiled Libra cryptocurrency.Telegram’s digital currency, called the Gram, will reportedly be released by the end of October. The messaging service plans to have digital wallets available for its millions of global users, according to the Times. Telegram didn’t respond to a request for comment. Unlike Facebook and its partners on Libra, Telegram’s work on the Gram has been largely under the radar. The company reportedly started working on the digital coin in 2017 and raised a reported $1.7 billion from investors last year in what was planned to be an initial coin offering, or ICO.  The Gram will reportedly be decentralized, similar to bitcoin, and won’t be controlled by Telegram, which could help it escape some government regulation. Facebook and its partners have faced intensifying regulatory scrutiny of Libra since it was announced in June.  Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Sarah Tew/CNET Read the AirPods review Sprint Sarah Tew/CNET Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Sarah Tew/CNET Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Best Buy Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See it $299 at Amazon Cryptocurrency,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $155 at Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $60 at Best Buy DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $999 See It HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Facebook defends cryptocurrency plans before Congress $6 at Tidal $999 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Now playing: Watch this: Boost Mobile Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Share your voice Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Apple iPhone XS CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $520 at HP Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Read the Rylo camera preview Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Tags 0 Post a comment Amazonlast_img read more

China seeks bigger role in Arctic

first_imgScientists pose for team photo on the Chinese icebreaker Xuelong in 2017. (Photo: Xinhua/Yu Qiongyuan)At its most northern point, China is hundreds of miles from the Arctic Circle, but its leaders want a say in how the region is governed. Recently, the country issued its first national policy on the Arctic, and it reveals its expansive ambitions in the far North.Listen now“China is determined to better know the Arctic, protect the Arctic, utilize the Arctic and participate in the governance of the Arctic,” Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou said as the policy was announced, according to China’s official state media.The policy says China will cooperate with others on development in the region, including new shipping routes it calls a “Polar Silk Road,” after the ancient trade routes connecting China to Europe.This is the first white paper China has ever issued for a region outside its own territory, said University of Canterbury (New Zealand) Professor Anne-Marie Brady. She said the document demonstrates the country’s growing assertiveness in global affairs.“China is stepping into the power vacuum of global leadership since the Trump administration came to power, and it’s preparing to shape the new world order,” Brady said Tuesday, at a forum organized by the Wilson Center, a Washington, D.C. think tank.Kissinger Institute Director Robert Daly said it’s natural for China to play a major role in the Arctic, particularly when it comes to science, trade and financing. But he said the big question is how other countries are going to react. Daly said the Chinese policy repeats certain phrases, like “the shared future of mankind,” to portray itself as a benevolent force, interested only in economic globalization.“But note that the last sentence of this important document reads like this: ‘China will advance Arctic-related cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative,’” Daly said. “That’s about as important as a preposition can be in this world: ‘Under the belt and road initiative.’”Belt and Road is the banner for how China hopes to increase its influence around the world. It’s a global development policy Chinese President Xi Jinping announced in 2013. Daly said extending that China-centric policy to the Arctic isn’t a good idea.“China’s participation can be welcomed within existing frameworks,” Daly said. “But this notion that China will lead it under Belt and Road has to be resisted, rejected, countered.”China’s interest in the region has grown over the past decade. It has had observer status at the Arctic Council since 2013.  The country has one polar icebreaker and is building a second. And it’s a major investor in Russia’s Yamal liquefied natural gas facility.last_img read more

What Messages Do Confederate Icons Convey

first_img 00:00 /10:46 Julia Reihs/KUTA plaque honoring the Confederate States of America in the Texas Capitol was removed in January 2019. Listen Members of the Texas State Preservation Board met today to decide where to put a plaque honoring the Confederacy after it had been removed from the Texas Capitol earlier this month.The plaque was installed in 1959 and came under scrutiny in 2017 when Dallas state Rep. Eric Johnson called for its removal.Such Confederate icons and symbols on public display continue to draw controversy around the country. So, what are the messages they convey to the public?“The Spirit of the Confederacy” statue in Sam Houston Park downtown, erected in 1908.That question is what Annette Gordon-Reed is going to address during her upcoming lecture at the University of Houston Law Center on Thursday, Feb. 14. Gordon-Reed is a history professor at Harvard Law School. She’s the author of The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.In the audio above, Gordon-Reed tells Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin about the messages — both explicit and hidden — that Confederate icons convey to the public.Harvard Law SchoolAnnette Gordon-Reed is a professor at Harvard Law School.center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Sharelast_img read more

Lack of Resources Pushes Young Men to the Streets in McElderry Park

first_imgPolice tape is one of the few resources McElderry Park receives regularly from the city, which the East Baltimore neighborhood has found a less than willing partner in its efforts to improve the lot of its residents.Crossing signals disappear from intersections as one approaches the East Baltimore neighborhood of McElderry Park, whether from the direction of Patterson Park to the south or the pristine campus of the Johns Hopkins Hospital just a few blocks to the west.  It is a reminder of the lack of investment, to say nothing of the resources that have been allowed to decay and disappear, in this heavily impoverished community, where young men populate street corners as they struggle to support themselves and their families.“We ain’t got nothing we had when I was like 15, 16, 13,” said a 24 year old who gave the name Bones. “No recreation centers. No parks. No types of organizations doing things like Safe Streets is doing. That’s the only thing we’ve got for this community right now.”Safe Streets is a program of Living Classrooms that sends outreach workers to engage young people in neighborhoods plagued by violence as well as provide some community activities, but Bones says he can remember a time when there were about seven recreation centers in the area. Now most of what is left are the limited resources of the street economy.“The only thing we’ve got out here is sex, drugs and money. Whatever statistically we’re known for, that’s what we’re known for because we don’t have nothing no more,” said Bones.That lack of resources in the neighborhood pushes many young men out into the streets, whether it is the lack of recreational options or the lack of jobs.Weeks after residents cleaned up a park in McElderry Park, debris was still awaiting removal by the city.“Most of what young people are out here doing, they’re trying to feed their families,” said Gardnel Carter, violence interrupter coordinator with Safe Streets East. “If you take them out of that situation and give them something better, they wouldn’t be doing it.”Bones would agree, saying the streets provide no real future, but that young people in places like McElderry Park see few alternatives.“What it is is insanity,” said Bones of the street life. “These kids down here, such as myself, we’re used to doing the same thing over and over again seeking different results, because we don’t have nothing else to use but the things that we have, such as drugs, such as guns, such as females, such as prostitution . . . We’re using the same things we used when I was 15, 16.  So what do you expect for the kids in the next generation coming up to do?  Worse.  It gets worse.”Radikal is a 27 year old affiliated with the Piru street gang who recently came home after doing 10 years in prison for a carjacking. Radikal says he was an athlete and successful student until about 16, when his mother became addicted to drugs and he was left to the streets his mother had managed for so long to keep him away from.  He says he wants to carve a different path for himself then the one he took at 17, but he is worried his past will limit his options to the point where the streets will be his only recourse.“At the end of the day, I try not to go back into the wrong path, but I try not to waste my breath [either], because when a person is sick and tired of being sick and tired then they’ll do what’s beneficial for them to get on another level,” said Radikal.  “Right now don’t nobody see no hope, but I’m highly optimistic [about] doing the right thing, but the thing is, they say I’m part of a gang, they say I’m a felon, so I automatically [am] scrutinized and chastised for who I became and what I’ve been through, when it should be the other way around.”“So, at the end of the day, I’m continuously being oppressed and I’m continuously being opposed, but I still just take the licking and keep on ticking.  I just try to keep going forward with it because I do believe that at the end things will get better.  But until I see things get better it’s hard for me to believe that, but I trick myself into believing it so hopefully things do get better,” continued Radikal.But for things to get better, resources are needed, and residents of McElderry Park have found the city a less than willing partner as it has struggled to improve the neighborhood’s lot.  Weeks after residents organized by the McElderry Park Community Association had cleaned up a park next to Tench Tilghman Elementary/Middle School, bagging up trash and piling old 4 by 4 pieces of lumber with rusty nails protruding from them in one corner of the park, the Department of Public Works had yet to come and remove the debris.“We need some rec[reation centers], and [to] get the park situated right,” said Deshawn Brown, 23.  “We ain’t got nowhere for our leagues or nothing to [be held] . . . The only thing we’ve got here right now, as far as for us to do, is that park.  They’re knocking down all the houses and all that, wish they would build something for us, but they ain’t doing that.”David Harris, president of the McElderry Park Community Association says he is trying to obtain funds from the city to rehabilitate the park further, but that such support has been slow to materialize.  Brown says that while the community is in need of more resources, money that comes into McElderry Park rarely serves to buttress the neighborhood.“[It serves] other interests, they ain’t doing nothing for the community.  As you can clearly see everything is still the same,” said Brown.ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

A multitouch coffee table display may be coming to an office near

first_img The Touchscape Multi-Touch Table, made by Touchscape, has a 47-inch display that can show pictures at 1080p high-definition. This technology could be used for high-definition collaboration for just about every application you can think of, from serious presentations to amazing gaming. Citation: A multi-touch coffee table display may be coming to an office near you (2011, February 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2010 Virtual factory on the tabletop This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. ( — Multi-touch tables and displays are not really a new thing. They have been used in museum exhibitions for a few years now, and even in some medial applications. The idea of having a multi-touch table in your home or office however is a novel concept thats time has come. center_img Inside of the fairly standard-looking high-density acrylic coffee table is some serious hardware. The display has a 3.4GHz quad-core Phenon processor, which is able to draw support from 4GB of memory dedicated to the processor alone. The system also has 180GB of general storage and can connect wirelessly using any of the following standards: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB, Ethernet or 3G.The screen, a high viewing angle LCD display, features a vision system that includes 8-bit microprocessor-controlled Frustrated Total Internal Reflection technology to help it manage multiple simultaneous inputs. It also features an ambient light sensor that can adjust the displays brightness according to background lighting conditions as well as a self-monitoring system to keep the screen refreshing. Explore further Just in case someone treats this table like it is actually a coffee table, the screen has a scratch resistant, wipe clean top coating to keep spills from destroying the device.The Touchscape Table is available in some standard configurations, but custom versions are available. If you are interested in the pricing on these devices you will have to contact the company directly. More information: read more