Premier Appoints Deputy Minister

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter today, Aug. 29, announced the appointment of Lynn Hartwell as deputy minister of the Department of Community Services. “Nova Scotians, particularly those in need, will be well served by Ms. Hartwell’s leadership and experience,” said Premier Dexter. “The Community Services Department oversees services that are crucial to Nova Scotians and key to the social prosperity of the province. Ms. Hartwell is a capable and consultative leader for a department with such an important mandate.” Ms. Hartwell most recently led the province’s response to sexual violence and bullying, as well as community engagement around changes to services for persons with disabilities. Ms. Hartwell has worked for the province for 15 years, holding key positions with the Departments of Justice, Labour and Advanced Education and Community Services. Most recently she was associate deputy minister of Community Services. The appointment is effective Sept. 3.last_img read more

More Supports for Indigenous and African Nova Scotian Survivors of Violence

first_imgThe Governments of Nova Scotia and Canada are teaming up to support Indigenous and African Nova Scotian women and families who have experienced violence. Both are investing $1 million in Creating Communities of Care – a project to support survivors of gender-based violence in Halifax’s urban Indigenous and African Nova Scotian communities. “Everyone deserves to feel safe and to have access to the supports they need for a better life,” said Kelly Regan, Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women. “We know Indigenous and African Nova Scotian communities need services that are grounded in their culture. “The partners who stepped up to carry this work now have the funding they need to help these communities overcome the unique barriers they face when they experience violence.” “Services and supports for gender-based violence survivors and their families need to consider the unique experiences, cultural traditions and practices of these communities,” said Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament for Halifax, on behalf of Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality. “Over the next few years, government and community partners will work together to develop supports and services to help gender-based violence survivors heal, recover, and rebuild their lives.” Since December, the Mi’kmaw Legal Support Network, the Association of Black Social Workers, the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre and the Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia have been asking survivors what matters most to them. Their aim was to develop a deeper understanding of how to better serve and support these communities. “As an organization working with the African Nova Scotian community, we have often been in spaces where our identities and experiences are erased and further marginalized,” said Crystal John, president, Association of Black Social Workers. “Our journey toward a framework of prevention and safety focuses on the most marginalized communities and discusses how multiple forms of oppression intersect with sexism. We are fortunate to provide a culturally safe space where voices of the African Nova Scotian Community are heard and valued.” Creating Communities of Care is a collaboration through Standing Together – Nova Scotia’s commitment to build a co-ordinated action plan to prevent domestic violence and support victims. The learnings from this project and others will help inform the plan. For more information about Standing together, go to https://novascotia.ca/standingtogether .last_img read more

Rising Democratic party star and possible Trump rival an exMontrealer

first_imgMONTREAL – An alumna from a high school in a Montreal suburb is increasingly being mentioned as a potential candidate to prevent U.S. President Donald Trump from winning a second term in 2020.While California Sen. Kamala Harris does not publicly embrace speculation about her 2020 intentions, some online betting websites have put her at the front of the pack to lead the Democratic party into the next election.Mother Jones, a left-leaning current affairs magazine, has described her as one of the Democrats who could beat Trump in the 2020 election, and the Washington Post ran a 2015 profile with the headline: “Is Kamala Harris the next Barack Obama?”Harris’s political success is no surprise to those who knew her during her teen years in Montreal, where she attended high school in Westmount, just west of downtown.In a 1981 yearbook from Westmount High School, the then-16 year old Harris described her favourite pastime as “dancing with Midnight Magic,” a dance troupe she founded with her friend Wanda Kagan.“We performed in community centres in front of elderly people or danced at fundraisers,” Kagan told The Canadian Press. “Outside of our studies, dance took up a lot of our time.”After graduation, Harris moved to the United States and the childhood friends lost touch, Kagan said.But in 2009, Kagan turned on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and saw her old friend, who was then a San Francisco district attorney and had just published a book, being interviewed.While she said it was a shock to see her friend on TV, Kagan said she’s not surprised Harris went on to achieve success.“In reality, I’m not surprised by what she’s accomplished because she’s a fighter,” Kagan said. “She’s strong, independent and has always fought for the rights of others.”At the age of 13, Harris organized a protest in front of the building where she lived in Montreal because the owner didn’t want children playing on the lawn, her sister Maya told San Francisco Gate in 2012.Harris convinced other children to join her in protesting and they convinced the building’s owner to change the rule, according to the news site.That story doesn’t surprise Trevor Williams, who knew both the Harris sisters when they lived in Montreal and describes them as popular and studious.“They always had the best grades in the class and everything seemed so easy for them,” he told The Canadian Press.“But in reality, they succeeded because they worked hard, their mother was very strict. Often, when the rest of us went to the movies, the sisters had to stay home to study.”Some 40 years later, it’s in Congress that Harris is fighting her battles.She was elected to the Senate in 2016 and sits on the intelligence committee tasked with shedding light on Russian interference in the last election campaign, where she made headlines this summer for her intense questioning of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.Harris, the daughter of immigrants from Jamaica and India, was born in Oakland, Calif., in 1964.She moved to Montreal in the mid-1970s after her parents separated and her mother took a job teaching at McGill University and researching at the Jewish General Hospital.After returning to the United States after high school, Harris was elected district attorney of San Francisco in 2003 and as attorney general of California in 2011.Christophe Cloutier-Roy, a researcher who studies U.S. politics at the Universite du Quebec a Montreal, says there have been hints Harris is planning a 2020 bid.“Since entering the Senate, she’s positioned herself against Donald Trump, she’s voted against most of his bills and his nominations,” he said. “She’s also participating in several fundraising campaigns and raises a lot of money.”Thus far, Harris has refused to speculate on her intentions for 2020.When questioned on the matter by MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell, she responded “Lawrence, I don’t even know what I’m having for dinner.”But whether she runs or not, she remains a great source of pride for the Montreal-area high school that watched her grow up.“To feel that being in these hallways, you can go from these hallways to one of the top, most influential positions is very exciting and something to work towards,” guidance counsellor Karen Allen said.“To have to have that kind of role model (for the students) is beyond all expectations.”last_img read more

Nicaraguas titling of native lands marks crucial step for indigenous rights –

“This affirmative step by the Government of Nicaragua represents an important advancement in the rights of indigenous peoples worldwide,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people, James Anaya.The Government, in a ceremony on 14 December, gave the Awas Tingni – one of the many indigenous communities that populate the country’s Atlantic Coast region – the title to its ancestral territory, which consists of some 74,000 hectares of densely forested lands. The long-awaited move was several years in the making and follows a historic August 2001 decision by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in the case of Awas Tingni v. Nicaragua.The Court found that Nicaragua had violated the rights of the community by granting concessions to log within its traditional lands and for failing to recognize Awas Tingni property rights in those lands. In its decision, the Court found that the right to property, as affirmed in the Inter-American Convention on Human Rights, protects the traditional land tenure of indigenous peoples. “This was the first case in which an international tribunal with legally binding authority found a Government in violation of the collective land rights of an indigenous group, setting an important precedent in international law,” stated a news release issued by the UN.Mr. Anaya, who was present at the ceremony, noted that the titling of Awas Tingni’s lands reflects a commitment on the part of the Nicaraguan Government to implement the judgment of the Inter-American Court. “In addition, it provides a model for other Governments to comply with their international legal obligations to recognize and protect the rights of indigenous peoples to their traditional lands and resources in practice,” he stated.Special Rapporteurs serve in an independent unpaid capacity and report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council. 17 December 2008An independent United Nations human rights expert has praised the Nicaraguan Government for giving the indigenous Awas Tingni community the title to its traditional lands, marking the culmination of a decades-long struggle by the group to gain recognition and protection of its ancestral territory. read more

BC Haisla First Nation ink deal aimed at fasttracking natural gas exports

VANCOUVER — The B.C. government has struck a deal with the Haisla First Nation that the province says could help fast track a liquefied natural gas plant near Kitimat, B.C.The agreement would allow the purchase or lease of land that will enable the Haisla to work with the industry to develop both the plant and an export terminal on Douglas Channel.Aboriginal Relations Minister Ida Chong says the deal is the key to unlocking a whole new natural gas export industry in B.C.The government has committed to having three terminals running by 2020, and says the plan could create more than 1,400 jobs and generate $600-billion in economic activity over three decades.[np-related /]The agreement follows an announcement earlier this week from Spectra Energy and a British company on plans to build a natural gas pipeline from northeast B.C. to the coast, joining a throng of companies aiming to export Canadian natural gas to Asia.Premier Christy Clark was also in Hong Kong earlier this week pitching the potential of B.C.’s natural gas exports.The Canadian Press read more

Saskatchewan RCMP wouldnt stand in the way of civilian oversight top Mountie

Sask. government says no timeline for police oversight reform REGINA — The commanding officer of the Saskatchewan RCMP said he would support the province if it introduced civilian-led oversight for police.The Ministry of Justice has said officials are exploring what options exist in other provinces, but there’s no timeline or commitments for any proposed changes.Saskatchewan is one of the only jurisdictions in Canada without an independent civilian-led agency that investigates police actions that result in injury or death.“We definitely wouldn’t stand in the way of anything like that,” Assistant Commissioner Mark Fisher told The Canadian Press on Thursday.“We welcome anything that would enhance public confidence and public trust in the investigations of serious incidents involving police.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below. BRANDON HARDER / Regina Leader-Post RCMP Assistant Commissioner Mark Fisher Without a stand-alone group, it’s common for another local police agency to review serious events such as officer-involved shootings. The justice ministry also appoints an independent observer to oversee investigations.“I fully realize after several years in policing, I can’t control people’s perceptions,” Fisher said.“What I can do is assure people that we did (our) very best and professional job that we can with highly trained members to do those investigations.“Having said that, I recognize that there are concerns in the public around perception of police investigating police.”He added that an outside civilian agency could alleviate some of those worries.Fisher, who is also president of the Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police, said he expects the topic to be discussed at the group’s next meeting in October.Fisher’s comment come as the Regina Police Service is investigating a shooting earlier this week in which an RCMP corporal was shot and wounded during a traffic stop near Turtleford, about 90 kilometres east of Lloydminster.RCMP said two officers returned fire and a man in the vehicle was injured.A spokeswoman said the suspect remains in hospital and no charges have been laid.Moose Jaw police also stepped in to investigate after a shooting in August involving a Mountie that left one man dead on the Fishing Lake First Nation, about 230 kilometres east of Saskatoon.Related read more

Firing Claudio Ranieri Wont Fix Leicester City

When Did Sports Become So Political? Last week, only 298 days after Claudio Ranieri helped Leicester City win the Premier League title, a 5,000-1 triumph, Ranieri was sacked. But does sacking a football manager have an effect? Not very much of one, a growing body of evidence suggests. There is over a 90 percent correlation between teams’ wages and their results, according to analysis of teams’ spending and results from 1973 to 2010 in “Soccernomics,” a book by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski. That leaves less than 10 percent to be decided by other factors — who its manager is, injuries, scouting and plain old luck. In English football from 1973 to 2010, Kuper and Szymanski found, only 10 percent of top-flight managers consistently overachieved when wages were taken into account. A very select few managers do make a difference, but most have a negligible impact on how a club performs.Today, the average Premier League manager — except Arsene Wenger, in his 21st year at Arsenal — lasts a little over a year, slightly shorter than Ranieri’s reign. That doesn’t leave much time for a manager to leave a mark. Occasionally, innovations can help managers succeed immediately, as Antonio Conte has in reintroducing the 3-4-3 formation at Chelsea this season, to stunning effect. But in the overwhelming majority of cases, clubs’ complex systems of coaching, player analysis, scouting, youth development and training facilities far predate — and normally outlast — any new manager.Take Leicester and Ranieri. There were several crucial aspects of their success last year: the brilliant end to the 2014-15 season, winning seven of the team’s last nine matches under a previous manager; sophisticated use of data analytics (several members of Leicester’s backroom team have subsequently been poached); and a brilliant scouting network. All of it was in place before Ranieri took charge. While Ranieri tweaked the side’s tactics and elevated the midfielder Danny Drinkwater from the substitutes’ bench, overall he changed relatively little about Leicester’s method.What did change was Leicester’s luck, first for the better, and then for the worse. Last season, Leicester’s goal difference was 11.5 greater than predicted by a model of expected goals developed by David Sumpter, a sports economist, using Opta data that takes into account the location of shots; the team also benefited from the fewest total days lost to injury of any Premier League team. Until Leicester defeated Liverpool in its first match without Ranieri, it had been the unluckiest team in the league this season according to Sumpter’s model. When Ranieri was sacked, Leicester had conceded 9.6 goals more than expected, while scoring 0.8 fewer than expected, adding up to a goal difference of -10.4 compared to its actual figures, the lowest in the league.“Sacking Ranieri now is stupid. It’s falling into the trap of underestimating randomness,” said Sumpter, author of “Soccermatics.” “This season’s run of bad form is partly down to a run of bad luck.” Football is particularly prone to randomness, because it is so low scoring; underdogs win more than in any other major sport.So if Leicester continues to maintain its level of play for the remainder of the season, its results should improve, regardless of who the new manager is — or whether Ranieri had stayed.Ranieri’s sacking is likely to lead to an upswing in Leicester City’s results, just not because a new manager is better than him. New Premier League managers generally enjoy “a short honeymoon period,” a study of sackings from 1992-2008 by Sue Bridgewater, director of the Centre for Sports Business at the University of Liverpool Management School, found — but this is not because of the new boss. Managers tend to be sacked when a team is at a low point, after which they tend to revert to their former level: Bridgewater found that an average team earns 1.3 points a match, which is what they earn in the three months after a sacking. The “bounce” a new manager enjoys is just regression to the mean. Bas ter Weel, a Dutch economist, has found the same phenomenon in the Netherlands.In 2015-16, there were 58 sackings across the 92 clubs in the top four tiers in English football, a record. In most cases, teams would have been better off retaining their managers and using the saved cash on new players, or greater investment in scouting and youth development. Related: Hot Takedown In recent years several unglamorous teams have thrived while adopting strategies that limit a manager’s importance. As Kuper and Szymanski note, Lyon won seven consecutive titles in France from 2002-08, as well as reaching the quarterfinals of Champions League in three consecutive seasons from 2003-04, with four different coaches – Jacques Santini, Paul Le Guen, Gérard Houllier and Alain Perrin — who subsequently had undistinguished records. Lyon recognized that a previous manager, Bernard Lacombe, was exceptional at spotting talent, so moved him to a director of football role, focusing on player recruitment while insulated from day-to-day pressure. More recently, Southampton has excelled in the Premier League despite repeatedly losing its coaches to other clubs. Southampton’s success, like Lyon’s, has been underpinned by excellent youth development and a philosophy for player recruitment that changes little depending on who the manager is.Routinely branded the savior or destroyer of a club, the football manager is rarely either. Indeed, given how short his stints are and how many other staff members clubs now employ, perhaps the manager has never been less important. Ranieri’s unfathomable two years at Leicester might be best remembered as a reminder of the limits of a manager’s significance.Check out our latest soccer predictions. read more

Liquipel 20 protects iPhone 5 underwater for 30 minutes

first_imgThere are a few cases out there that can protect your phone from water, but they’re usually too cumbersome to be convenient unless you carry around a purse or backpack. About a year ago, California-based company Liquipel announced a process that was able to waterproof a smartphone inside and out.The process cost $59, and users had to send their phone in for coating, as it wasn’t something they could perform by themselves at home. Think of it as Rain-X for phones instead of windshields, except the mechanic applies it for you.This year at CES, the company announced the next version of their product, Liquipel 2.0, and reports state that an iPhone 5 that has gone through the Liquipel process can be submerged in water for 30 minutes and come out just fine.Liquipel states that its revised process is up to one hundred times more effective than the original process, and doesn’t compromise component integrity or RF sensitivity. Unlike Rain-X, which you have to reapply to your windshield every so often, Liquipel supposedly lasts forever, because the coating becomes part of the device, rather than something that simply sits on top of the unit until it eventually wipes off. The developers also claim that the coating is untraceable, and will not affect the “look, feel, and performance of the device.”Check out a horrifying video of a smartphone falling into a cylinder of water below, only to miraculously still work after it is fished out.As one might expect, Liquipel doesn’t suggest you just test out their product every chance you get, as it’s more for emergency purposes than something like using your phone when you shower. Head on over to Liquipel’s site and debate if you can trust it.via Softpedialast_img read more

Galaxy S WiFi 36 le petit poucet des baladeurs numériques de Samsung

first_imgGalaxy S WiFi 3,6, le petit poucet des baladeurs numériques de SamsungSamsung va sortir dans les prochains jours le Galaxy S WiFi, un baladeur numérique de 3,6 pouces qui rejoindra ses grands frères de, respectivement, 4 et 5 pouces. Samsung a mis au point le fameux “iPhone killer” avec le Galaxy S II. En sera t-il de même pour l’iPod avec ce nouveau produit ? Car le Galaxy WiFi 3,6 a tout les atouts pour concurrencer le fameux baladeur d’Apple. Après des modèles de 4 et 5 pouces, c’est un plus petit appareil de 3,6 pouces qui viendra compléter la gamme de ses appareils multimédia dès les prochains jours.Pas de surprises, Samsung a repris les codes esthétiques qui ont fait le succès retentissant de son smartphone haut-de-gamme cette année. L’appareil est très fin, et en prime, arbore une robe de métal bien plus résistante aux chocs, lors de trajets mouvementés. Samsung résume entre les lignes son Galaxy S WiFi comme un smartphone sans la téléphonie, et on ne peut qu’accréditer cet état de fait. La fiche technique de l’appareil n’a pas à rougir avec un processeur d’1 GHz, une mémoire interne de 8 ou 16 GB et une autonomie de 30 heures annoncée par le constructeur. Une caméra frontale est même intégrée pour discuter en vidéo avec ses amis via Google Talk.À lire aussiArirang AS1201, Achim : la Corée du Nord se dote d’un smartphone Android et d’une tablette tactile Le baladeur est livré avec Android 2.3, ce qui implique un accès à la boutique d’applications de Google, l’Android Market. Le simple lecteur multimédia devient donc console de jeux, avec accès à des titres acclamés par le public comme Angry Birds ou Doodle Jump. C’est en tout 320.000 logiciels qui n’attendent que d’être installés sur l’appareil afin de multiplier ses usages.Il peut également lire les mails, des messages courts, les notifications de réseaux sociaux ou des SMS, via une boîte de réception unifiée que Samsung appelle Social Hub. Enfin, il peut répercuter ses usages vers une télévision, à condition que celle-ci soit l’un des modèles de Smart TV signés Samsung.Cet appareil ultra-complet et ouvert, grâce à Android, sera proposé mi-décembre en deux modèles. La versions 8 GB coûtera 149 euros et la 16 GB 179 euros.Le 13 décembre 2011 à 18:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Les Herbonautes participez au premier herbier numérique lancé par le Muséum de

first_imgLes Herbonautes : participez au premier herbier numérique lancé par le Muséum de ParisLe Muséum national d’Histoire Naturelle a numérisé son Herbier et décidé de lancer le site “Les Herbonautes”. Celui-ci invite le public à contribuer à la création d’une base de données scientifiques à partir des millions de photos de plantes dont il dispose.Vous adorez les plantes et aimez partir à leur recherche ? Alors le site tout juste lancé par le Muséum national d’Histoire Naturelle de Paris est fait pour vous ! En effet, dans le cadre du programme E-ReColNat, le musée a numérisé son Herbier et a eu l’idée de lancer un grand projet de sciences participatives. Le tout premier consacré aux collections d’herbiers. Baptisé “Les herbonautes”, le site internet invite le grand public à contribuer à la création d’une base de données scientifiques à partir des millions de photos des plantes de l’Herbier national situé au Muséum d’Histoire naturelle. L’objectif est ainsi de créer une importante banque d’image qui sera accessible à tous. Pour cela, le principe est simple. Il suffit de se rendre sur le site où sont proposées différentes “missions”. Différentes missions à remplir  Chacune propose entre 250 et 2.500 images répondant à une question scientifique. Le visiteur choisit une image de plante puis l’identifie, la renseigne et indique où et par quels botanistes elle a été récoltée. Les informations sont croisées afin, en cas de contradiction, de permettre aux participants de discuter et de choisir la donnée la plus pertinente.Une fois la mission accomplie, un compte-rendu est diffusé sur le site et les informations sont intégrées à la base de données Sonnerat (base du réseau des herbiers de France) qui elle-même participent à l’Inventaire National du Patrimoine Naturel et en bout de course aux grandes bases internationales sur la biodiversité (GBIF).Pour l’heure, les herbonautes ont accès à cinq missions : “les pivoines, plantes du guérisseur Paeon” (qui a déjà dépassé les 10.000 contributions), “les plantes subantarctiques” (qui vise à atteindre un objectif de 22.000 contributions), “juste le pays” (en attente de 300.000 contributions), “Orchidées de France et d’ailleurs, le genre Epipactis” (20.000) ou encore “Suivez Benjamin Balansa” (40.000). Mais un onglet dévoile aussi les missions à venir.Tout le monde peut participer À lire aussi15 fleurs incroyables qui ne ressemblent pas… à des fleurs !”L’herbonaute peut-être un passionné de sciences naturelles, un amateur de géographie, un féru de paléographie ou juste un accro des “enquêtes” qui va consacrer un peu de son temps pour aider à l’informatisation des herbiers. Et ceci de façon ludique et instructive ! Il n’est pas nécessaire d’être compétent en botanique. Il suffit juste d’être un peu curieux… Concernant l’incontournable inquiétude de l’internaute du “je vais me tromper”, elle n’a pas lieud’être. Toutes les informations sont croisées et recoupées avant d’être validées”, explique le Muséum dans un communiqué. Comme il le souligne, ces nombreuses données sont “des éléments précieux pour améliorer la connaissance de la biodiversité et de sa dynamique : cela peut notamment aider à mesurer l’érosion de la diversité végétale, ce qui est important dans le contexte de crise d’extinction actuelle”. Alors n’hésitez plus, participez au premier herbier numérique ! Pour en savoir plus, rendez-vous sur le site des Herbonautes : http://lesherbonautes.mnhn.fr/Le 17 février 2013 à 11:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Arnold Schwarzenegger announced for WWE 2K16 game

first_img Pinterest Videos Articles Arnold Schwarzenegger may have ‘helped Trump become presidential’ Now Playing Up Next James Cameron Videos Articles WhatsApp Mila Kunis Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Arnold Schwarzenegger Now Playing Up Next Facebook Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipJames Cameron And His Movie Business ThoughtsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:05/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -1:02 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Now Playing Up Next Google+ Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE RAW Results – 4/1/19 (Stephanie McMahon’s to make WrestleMania announcement) WWE & 2K issued the following:Arnold Schwarzenegger featured as WWE 2K16 Pre-Order Exclusive“I’m Back” – 2K Announces Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator in WWE® 2K16 Pre-Order ExclusiveBlockbuster action film star, 38th Governor of California, former professional bodybuilder and WWE Hall of Famer featured as two playable characters in flagship WWE video game franchiseNew York, NY – July 27, 2015 – 2K today announced the debut of 2015 WWE Hall of Fame inductee and global action film icon Arnold Schwarzenegger in WWE® 2K16, the forthcoming release in the flagship WWE franchise. Best known for his acting, bodybuilding and political endeavors, Schwarzenegger, a longtime WWE fan and WWE Hall of Famer, will expand his relationship with WWE through WWE 2K16 with two playable characters – T-800 from The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day films. The playable characters will be available for those who pre-order the game at participating retailers for the PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, as well as Xbox One and Xbox 360. WWE 2K16 is scheduled for release on October 27, 2015 in North America and October 30, 2015 internationally.“I’ve achieved many things in my life, but I’ve always said success means staying hungry and pushing the limits,” said Schwarzenegger. “I was honored to join the WWE Hall of Fame earlier this year, and now I’ll continue my WWE legacy with one of my biggest film roles immortalized in WWE 2K16. Match the Terminator against Stone Cold Steve Austin®, Seth Rollins® or Daniel Bryan®, and there’s only one possible outcome: Hasta la vista, baby!”From early childhood in his native Austria to today, Schwarzenegger represents the ultimate renaissance man, taking risks and defying odds through career accomplishments in bodybuilding, acting, politics and more. He won his first of four Mr. Universe titles at the age of 20, earned seven Mr. Olympia titles and since 1989 has hosted worldwide fitness expositions through the Arnold Sports Festival. Schwarzenegger is a fixture in numerous blockbuster action films, including Conan the Barbarian, The Terminator, Predator, Total Recall, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Expendables franchise and his most recent release, Terminator Genisys, as well as for his roles in pop-culture favorites Kindergarten Cop and Twins. In addition, Schwarzenegger transcended from Hollywood to the state capitol, serving two consecutive terms as the 38th Governor of California from 2003 to 2010.“Arnold Schwarzenegger is a living legend with universal appeal, a perseverance for greatness and a strong relationship with WWE, including his recent Hall of Fame induction, all of which make him an incredible fit for WWE 2K16,” said Chris Snyder, Vice President of Marketing at 2K. “He’s a force to be reckoned with and defines what it means to raise some hell. Through his WWE 2K16 pre-order inclusion, fans simply can’t beat the opportunity to play as the Terminator in a WWE ring.”Developed collaboratively by Yuke’s and Visual Concepts, a 2K studio, WWE 2K16 is not yet rated by the ESRB. WWE 2K16 is currently scheduled for release on PS4™, PS3™, Xbox One and Xbox 360 on October 27, 2015 in North America and October 30, 2015 internationally.For more information on WWE 2K16 and 2K, visit wwe.2k.com, become a fan on Facebook, follow the game on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #WWE2K16 and #RaiseSomeHell or subscribe on YouTube. Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Readers share their commuting horror stories

first_imgEditor’s note: Readers shared stories on social media about their treacherous Wednesday evening commutes. Some of their comments were edited for clarity and brevity.• I work in Vancouver and live in Wilsonville, Ore. I left work at 3 p.m. when I started seeing flurries in Vancouver without realizing it would be worse farther south. Traffic was completely stopped more than 30 minutes at a time while traveling across the Marquam Bridge in Portland. It took me a total of two hours to traverse that bridge. After that, traffic picked up a bit, as in it moved a little. I stayed on Interstate 5 the whole way home, because back roads were too sketchy. I only saw one car and one van slip and slide. Everyone else seemed to being doing fine; they just moved really, really, really slowly. I made it home around 10 p.m. I guess slow and safe is better, but when it takes you seven hours to get home, that’s only a small relief. I worked from home Thursday.— Ashley Maginnis• “I’m going to leave early today to avoid traffic,” said everybody.— Norman David Seubert• We left the Portland International Airport at about 8 p.m. It took us almost two and a half hours to get from the terminal to Interstate 205, and another hour to get to Battle Ground. The drive home was almost as long as the flight from Maui. Finally got home at about 11:30 p.m.— Noma Rice Moore• There was 1.5 inches of snow. It took us five hours to drive into Portland and back for dinner. In Indiana, we called that a dusting. Here, they call it snowmageddon.— Curtis Sprague• It took me two hours to get from the Vancouver Mall to Washougal. I saw so many stranded drivers. It was sad and scary!last_img read more

IDB Report on Bahamas gives dire consequences as sea levels rise mitigation

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp August 30th – One Year since Hurricane Irma named Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#NASSAU, Bahamas – October 31, 2017 – The Bahamas is not doing a good job of protecting its coastal resources and to catch up with what should be happening, especially in the Family Islands may cost the nation nearly one billion dollars over the next 13 years.A new report reveals that The Bahamas has lost some 50% of its coral reefs and that Family Islands have no coastal protection, it calls on the Ministry of Works first to do more to mitigate the effects of climate change.An initial project by the #InterAmericanDevelopmentBank or IDB is at a cost of $35 million will help to fend off hurricanes in particular which are coming more fast and more furious.The Bahamas in the IDB report on the Climate-Resilient Coastal Management and Infrastructure project revealed what residents know, that the severity of the hurricanes are constantly and more regularly now threatening resorts and other coastal infrastructure, putting the country’s economic future on sandy ground.Some of what the review exposed is that a sea level rise would place 36% of coastal properties, 38% of airports, 14% of roadways and 90% of sea ports at risk.To grasp the significance of cost to The Bahamas in recent years in face offs with major hurricanes, the report exposed: that Hurricane Joaquin cost us an estimated $104.8 million in 2015 and one year later, Hurricane Matthew which hit the two largest economic centers – New Providence and Grand Bahama – racked up a bill of $438.6 million in losses and damage. Recommended for you Bahamas: Mass Funeral for Haitians drowned in Abaco waters BPL first assessment done, Abaco restoration bill to top $20 million and rebound may take months Related Items:#HurricaneIrma, #hurricanejoaquin, #hurricanematthew, #IDB, #thebahamaslast_img read more

Police seek publics help to find missing SW MiamiDade man

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are seeking the public’s help to find a man who went missing in Southwest Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Police said 60-year-old Willie White disappeared from his home near the 100 block of West Fern Street, Sunday.He is described as standing 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing 148 pounds.White was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, purple shorts and black slippers and suffers from memory loss, police said.If you have any information on his whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Police at 305-715-3300 or Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Bond Proposal For Field House Will Go To The Voters

first_imgThe final design for the Field House includes a 42,600 square foot metal frame building including a turf field and elevated walking/jogging track. The building would be adjacent and connected to the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. This would increase the city’s sale tax rate from 3% to 3.5%. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna City Council approved an ordinance at their meeting on Wednesday that will ask the voters if the city should borrow $10 million in a bond to build a proposed field house and increase the city’s sales tax by a half percent to cover the debt service on the 10-year bond. The total estimated cost of the project is $11.8 million dollars. The administration recommended that $10 million be financed through debt of a general obligation bond, with the remaining covered by grants, support from various foundations, and private donations. The question will go before the voters in a special election on March 5, 2019, for a 0.5% increase in the city’s year-round sales tax rate implemented for the 10-year life of the bond.last_img read more

Trumps Mexican tariff threat causes concern for car companies report says

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 8 Photos Tags Comments AutoComplete: Chinese tariffs on US vehicles going away,… 1:21 Enlarge ImagePresident Trump is threatening to levy a tariff of up to a 25% on all goods from Mexico, and this is causing automakers to panic. Getty Images Automotive tariffs have been in the news quite a bit over the past few months, but those have mostly related to China, and that’s caused plenty of hiccups for the global automotive industry. Now though, things are getting really real because the Trump administration is going after Mexico. Specifically, Trump is calling for a 5% tariff on all goods coming from Mexico, one that would increase until hitting a ceiling of 25% in October. Why is he doing this? Illegal immigration — or at least that’s what he’s saying, according to a report published Friday by Reuters.This 5% tariff would drive prices up on a massive number of goods, ranging from Mexican Coke and Topo Chico to nuclear reactor parts and cars built by companies like Ford and even vehicles from German and Asian manufacturers like BMW, VW and Toyota. Some estimates suggest that this tariff would boost US car prices by over $1,000 per unit.Given the fragile state that the American automotive market is in right now, it’s unlikely that manufacturers could realistically pass that extra cost onto customers without suffering further drops in sales. That means the companies would have to eat the cost and cut their thin margins even thinner.Trump’s threats have caused stock prices to slip for auto manufacturers from all over the world. In Japan, Mazda’s stock dropped by 7%, while Nissan dropped by 5%, Honda by 4% and Toyota by 2%. In Korea, Kia’s shares declined by 4.2% and Hyundai slipped by 0.7%. The Germans’ stock fell by as much as 2.9%.Mexico’s automotive industry is massive, and the bulk of it feeds the American market. According to Reuters, cars and car parts are Mexico’s most significant export, with a value totaling $93.3 billion in 2018. BMW Ford Honda Hyundai Kia Mazda Nissan Toyota Volkswagencenter_img More From Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 5 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Car Industry Politics The 2018 Ford Fiesta proves that a little dab will do yalast_img read more

Costa Rica begins mitigation of Nicaraguas canal work in disputed area

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica begins repairing damages on island disputed by Nicaragua International experts confirm Nicaragua caused irreparable damage to Costa Rican wetlands Costa Rica finishes work to close artificial canal built by Nicaragua in disputed territory Costa Rica seeks $6 million in environmental damages from Nicaragua in border dispute Personnel from Tortuguero Conservation Area began work Thursday to close off acanal dredged by Nicaragua through disputed territory in the delta of the San Juan River.The mitigation work, in the coastal wetlands area known as Isla Portillos, or Isla Calero (Nicaragua calls it Harbour Head Lagoon), is the latest chapter in an ongoing border dispute between the two countries.The San Juan River forms a natural border between Nicaragua and Costa Rica stretching west from the Caribbean coast.The two neighbors have been trading accusations of territorial infringement and environmental crimes along the San Juan River for more than 100 years. More recently, the two countries began arguing a case before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague in 2010.Costa Rica originally filed the complaint, alleging that the Nicaraguan Army invaded Isla Portillos, which is in Costa Rica, to build a canal from the San Juan River to Laguna los Portillos on the Caribbean coast.Costa Rica also alleged that dredging work on the San Juan River would seriously affect the flow of water to Costa Rica’s Colorado River, and would damage protected wildlife and wetlands areas. Satellite pictures provided by Casa Presidencial in September 2013 showed the excavation by Nicaragua of two canals in a wetland inside Costa Rican territory in an attempt to connect the San Juan River and the Caribbean Sea. (Courtesy of Casa Presidencial)In counterclaims, Nicaragua alleged that Costa Rica should be held responsible for “the impairment and possible destruction of navigation on the San Juan River” from Costa Rica’s construction of a road along the bank of the river.In 2013, the ICJ combined the claims into one case. Oral arguments in the case are scheduled to start on April 14.The international court had originally ordered both countries to “refrain from any action which might aggravate or extend the dispute before the Court or make it more difficult to resolve.”But after Nicaragua continued to dredge canals through the disputed area, the court ordered it to stop, in November 2013, and to keep all of its private citizens and government officials out of the area.The court also ruled that Costa Rica could take measures to make sure the new canals dredged by Nicaragua didn’t do irreparable damage to the environment.The Tico Times was unable to reach the director of the Tortuguero Conservation Area or a spokesman for the National System of Conservation Areas on Thursday for details about the work.A directive from Tortuguero said personnel assigned to the mitigation project would be housed at Barra del Colorado, next to the Colorado River, until the work is done. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Larry Fitzgerald, wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals, gives a tribute during memorial service at North Phoenix Baptist Church for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York, Pool) Help us support Joe & Tina Casella. Unfortunately Joe has been diagnosed with cancer & we are raising money to help him & his family. From 12pm-5pm pls support a long time friend & family-run biz in our valleyCasella’s Italian Delicatessen5905 N Granite Reef Rd, Scottsdale https://t.co/Nfnx8nteAC— Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald) September 18, 2018“We are touched by what Larry and others in the community doing for Joe,” Tina Casella said in the release.“Joe touched so many lives during his 42 years of owning this shop. Now it’s an incredible feeling to see the community rallying around him and the good he stands for.”Fitzgerald and teammates D.J. Foster and Christian Kirk plan to stop by during the day to thank patrons for their donations.Foster and Kirk both played football at Saguaro High School, which is less than a mile from the deli. Casella has been a longtime supporter of the school’s teams.Anybody who can’t make it by Casella’s during the event but wants to contribute can mail donations to the restaurant at 5905 N Granite Reef Rd., Scottsdale, Arizona, 85250. Casella, 79, has terminal cancer. He and his wife, Tina, opened the restaurant on Granite Reef Road near McDonald Drive in 1977. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals star receiver Larry Fitzgerald is picking up the meal tab Tuesday to help raise funds for a terminally ill Scottsdale deli owner.Fitzgerald will pay for all orders at Casella’s Italian Delicatessen from noon to 5 p.m., and donations will be collected for Joe Casella and his family.“I want to support Joe, his legacy and his family and I hope those that come in Tuesday will do the same by donating to support this man, his family and what they have and continue to represent,” Fitzgerald said in a news release.center_img Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 2 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

This Feb 15 2018 photo released by Bravo shows T

first_img This Feb. 15, 2018 photo released by Bravo shows Thomas Ravenel from the reality series “Southern Charm.” Authorities say Ravenel has been arrested after a former nanny says he sexually assaulted her nearly four years ago. Charleston Police charged Ravenel on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, with misdemeanor second-degree assault and battery. Bravo released a statement shortly after saying Ravenel would no longer appear on the network’s “Southern Charm” show. (Rodolfo Martinez/Bravo via AP) CHARLESTON, S.C. – Reality television star Thomas Ravenel was arrested Thursday after a former nanny said he fondled her at his South Carolina home featured in his TV show “Southern Charm” nearly four years ago.Ravenel, 56, was charged with misdemeanour second-degree assault and battery, according to a sworn statement from Charleston Police which said they had photos of the injuries caused when the woman’s underwire bra cut into her chest and her shirt got caught around her neck as Ravenel tried to forcibly take off her clothes.Bravo released a statement shortly after saying Ravenel would no longer appear on the network’s “Southern Charm” show.Ravenel is already a felon. He was arrested in 2007 less than a year into his term as South Carolina treasurer after he bought cocaine for himself and his friends. The real estate developer pleaded guilty and spent 10 months in prison.In 2014, Ravenel pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in Long Island, New York, resulting in his license being suspended for six months.The former nanny said she was in Ravenel’s Charleston home in January 2015 when he took off her pants and fondled her, according to the sworn statement.The woman also said Ravenel put his penis in her face and made vulgar comments, according to the affidavit.She immediately called her family and pictures were taken of her injuries, police said.“It has affected me every single day since he has done this. It’s not a situation where someone wins or loses. We all lost,” the nanny said in court, according to The Post and Courier of Charleston.Ravenel and his lawyer didn’t comment on the charge as he was released on his own recognizance after the bond hearing, media outlets reported. He faces up to three years in prison if convicted.Ravenel was an original primary cast member of “Southern Charm,” which followed the love-lives, booze-filled partying and careers — or lack thereof — of about a half-dozen Charleston socialites, as well as a wider circle of friends who became recurring characters.Ravenel’s courtship, relationship, acrimonious breakup and custody issues with the mother of his two children formed a central story line over multiple seasons. His opulent homes were a frequent backdrop for the show as he hosted parties and polo matches. ‘Southern Charm’ reality star Ravenel charged in sex assaultcenter_img by The Associated Press Posted Sep 25, 2018 1:24 pm PDT Last Updated Sep 25, 2018 at 2:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

Parliament decriminalises abortion Updated

first_imgAfter years of discussion parliament on Friday passed with an overwhelming majority a law decriminalising abortion.The controversial matter – which had remained largely stagnant out of fear of reprisal from the church – was voted into law with 33 votes in favour, eight against and five abstentions.It allows termination of an unwanted pregnancy up to 12 weeks of gestation. In case of rape, an abortion can take place up to 19 weeks.The difference between the two stems from the fact that rape victims in many cases are not aware they are pregnant until later on, Disy MP Stella Kyriakidou said.In cases of a minor or a woman with special needs, the consent of the parents or guardian must be gained.The move gives women the freedom of choice, enshrining the right to life and health, as illegal and unsafe abortions will no longer be necessary, Kyriakidou added.“It’s as simple as that.”The number of abortions that took place unlawfully reached over 9,000 a year, she said, and a large number of women and teenagers would go to the north for the abortions.Akel MP Skevi Koukouma said the bill had been kept for years inside drawers at the House legal committee and didn’t move forward so party votes wouldn’t be lost and so as not to upset the Archbishop, who has been vociferously opposed to the law.In 2015, it moved to the House human rights committee, but the arrest in October last year of a doctor and a woman he carried out an abortion for put the onus on the state back in the limelight as it was an open secret abortions were being carried out.“We are doing what should be obvious so no woman goes to prison for an abortion or puts her own life in danger,” Koukouma said.The vote came into effect largely due to ruling Disy and Akel voting in favour, although Disy MP Andreas Kyprianou chose to go against.Diko was divided into thirds with one portion voting in favour, one against and another three abstaining.Elam, consisting of two votes, Independent MP Pavlos Mylonas, Solidarity Movement MP Georgios Papadopoulos and Diko MPs Angelos Votsis, Giorgos Prokopiou and Zacharias Koulias cast negative votes.Papadopoulos said abortions were a loss of human capital at a time of low birth rate and he could not agree with the law because it did not provide for the necessary advice and support which should be provided to the pregnant woman before the abortion is carried out.Greens MP Giorgos Perdikis, independent Anna Theologou and Diko’s Marinos Moushouttas, Panicos Leonidou and Charalambos Pittokopitis abstained.Diko MP Angelos Votsis, who voted against, said the right of a woman should not supersede the right to life of the embryo. He also added he was not in favour of the law because the father had no say in the decision.Elam leader Christos Christou said an embryo was not an object but a person which could smile, kick and had a heartbeat, while he held up a plastic embryo for other MPs to see.Commenting on the hold the church has had over the matter for so long, Akel MP Aristos Damianou said this discussion concerned human rights and women were allowed to choose for their own bodies.The church is comprised of men who want to make the choice for women, he added.Adamos Adamou, also an MP for Akel, said that illegal abortions increased the chances of infertility at a later stage in a woman’s life.Greens MP Charalambos Theopemptou  said the significant number of abortions currently taking place were also a sign of a failed society that did not provide adequate sex education.“Until now we have committed a crime. We’re not talking about just adult women but minors who put their life at risk,” he said.Kyriakidou said a new bill would be pushed that would require mandatory advice from doctors to female patients on means of protection, aimed at reducing unwanted pregnancies.You May LikeOrganic WelcomeRevealed: 7 Foods That Are Bad For Your BrainOrganic WelcomeUndoLike It ViralClint Eastwood Drives This Car At 88Like It ViralUndoCollegeBuzzo9 Worst Colleges And Universities in AmericaCollegeBuzzoUndo Fresh case of Blue Nile virus in northUndoWidowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoMayors lobbying president to prevent local govt mergersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more