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A big byelection in BC that could have an impact on Alberta

By on October 17, 2019

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – There is a provincial race in BC that could be important for Albertans.There will be a byelection in Nanaimo on Wednesday that could threaten the NDP and Green alliance in that province.This is all about the balance of power. With such a slight lead in the number of seats for the NDP and Green party, just this one riding could result in a vote of non-confidence meaning British Columbians could be heading back to the polls for a provincial election.John Ackermann is with our sister station in BC and is a keen observer of politics.He noted the BC Liberals have not been nearly as antagonistic against projects like the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.“The NDP mind you are even softening their stance on things like liquefied natural gas. But if you remember back when Christy Clark was the premier, she was never against the pipeline. She wanted what she wanted to call ‘getting to yes’ on it.”The BC Liberals have held this riding in particular for only four years going back to the 1970s, yet have been leading in recent polls.“The NDP is running a person there as well,” he recounted. “The Greens, who are their alliance partners in the government, are also running a candidate. So there is a bit of controversy over possible vote-splitting there.”Yet Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver is discounting many of those worries.It’s remarkable that @bcndp have audacity 2 b fear mongering vote split narrative. An NDP win by no means ensures @bcgrens will continue to prop them up. In fact, an election could b sooner than residents of Nanaimo think #bcpoli Its hubris to think NDP have our continued support— Andrew Weaver (@AJWVictoriaBC) January 27, 2019Ackermann interjected this wouldn’t be uncommon for a minority government in BC to only last a year and a half.last_img read more

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Gavin DeGraw To Perform At Musicians On Call Benefit

By on October 16, 2019

first_imgMusicians on Call has announced that multi-Platinum-certified recording artist Gavin DeGraw will be the headline performing act at the organization’s Presidential Convention Charity Benefit at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.The benefit is sponsored by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (“Auto Alliance”) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), who will also co-produce the event.Based in New York with branches in Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Nashville and Washington, D.C., Musicians On Call is a charity that brings the healing power of music to the bedsides of wounded soldiers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, VA hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. The event will help raise money for Musicians On Call and encourage others to give back to the military by getting involved at www.musiciansoncall.org.Musicians On Call will join the RIAA, Auto Alliance, Viacom, exclusive print media partner CQ Roll Call and other co-sponsors for this charity benefit in Tampa and one at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.“We are honored that MOC was named the beneficiary of the 2012 Presidential Convention Charity Benefit,” said Dr. Leslie Faerstein, MOC’s Executive Director. “The RIAA, Auto Alliance, Viacom and other sponsors are helping MOC to bring music to a greater number of patients in healthcare facilities across the country. We are truly grateful.”Dr. Leslie Faerstein added, “We are thrilled that Gavin DeGraw will be our headline act at this year’s benefit. Gavin has been a longtime supporter of MOC, and has always been generous with his time and talent. He participated in our Bedside Performance Program a number of times over the years, and his music and sheer presence brought a smile to so many children’s faces. He is a true friend to our organization.”The invitation-only event, which will feature the highly popular spinner-to-the-stars DJ StoneRokk as the evening’s official DJ, will take place the evening of August 28th (Tuesday) at the historic Dallas Bull concert venue in Tampa.Source:RIAA.comlast_img read more

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Progress in advancing child rights noted as UN expert panel opens session

By on October 6, 2019

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, which monitors implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, is expected to review reports from the Governments of Guinea-Bissau, Belgium, Niger, Belarus, Tunisia and Switzerland. Other submissions to be evaluated during the three-week spring session include those from the United Arab Emirates, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Spain and the Netherlands.In an opening address, a senior official from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Maria Francisca Ize-Charrin, noted recent progress in dealing with children’s rights.Among the signs of improvement was the recent decision by the UN Commission on Human Rights to establish an independent expert – to be appointed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan – to study violence against children.Ms. Ize-Charrin also noted that 128 countries have so far approved expanding the membership of the Committee to 18 experts, up from its current 10. Nine more States must notify their acceptance of that increase for it to take effect.Meanwhile, 30 countries had ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention involving children in armed conflict, which entered into force on 12 February. The Optional Protocol on the sale of children, child pornography and child prostitution, which entered into force on 18 January, had been ratified by 29 States. An initial report on the Optional Protocols was expected by early 2004, Ms. Ize-Charrin said. read more

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Sorry Nidge Toy Show beats LoveHate as mostwatched programme of the year

By on September 22, 2019

first_imgAS IF IT hadn’t been a tough enough year for Nidge and the boys, they’ve now been beaten by a bunch of kids.Ratings figures show that Friday night’s Late Late Toy Show was the most-watched programme on Irish television so far this year, ahead of last month’s season finale of Love/Hate.Almost 1.4 million people watched the Friday broadcast, which featured 231 kids, more than 330 toys, Robbie Keane and Domhnall, and Ryan Tubridy holding everything together.Love/Hate can’t be too disappointed though; The Toy Show juggernaut is frequently the most popular programme in the country each year – plus RTE’s crime drama got 1,007,500 viewers with the finale of series four on 11 November.RTE said this afternoon that more than 120,000 people streamed the show on the RTE player between Friday night and Sunday.  It was a hit on social media too: there were more than 100,000 mentions of the show on Facebook and over 52,000 tweets about it.Meanwhile, TV3′s inaugural rival toy show, which was broadcast at 8pm on Friday, didn’t do too badly either with 353,000 viewers tuning in, making it the most watched programme in its time slot.The executive producer of The Late Late Show said the programme is a “national event which has become a huge part of our culture”.“We have also been overwhelmed by the feedback from viewers who were watching from all over the world,” said Kathy Fox. We pushed Ryan in ways he hasn’t been pushed before, but he didn’t disappoint. He was very brave, a little bit bold but absolutely brilliant.All of the toys featured on the show were donated to various charities afterwards.Read: Late Late Toy Show 2013 best bits… in pictures and video >Read: Robbie, Mary, Bosco and cups… The Late Late Toy Show 2013 as it happened > Read: The Love/Hate season finale: 11 questions we want answered >last_img read more

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Indefensible immoral shocking Coveney on the separation of children at US borders

By on September 21, 2019

first_img Short URL ‘Indefensible, immoral, shocking’: Coveney on the separation of children at US borders Official data shows more than 2,000 children have been separated from their parents or guardians since early May. 83 Comments TÁNAISTE AND MINISTER for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said the separation of children from parents at US borders is “indefensible, immoral and shocking”.“This kind of leadership gives licence to other countries to follow inhumane policies towards vulnerable refugees. Is this making America great?” Coveney said in a tweet.US president Donald Trump vowed yesterday that the US would not become a “migrant camp”, as pressure mounted on him globally to end the separation of immigrant families on American’s southern border.While top administration officials stood by Trump’s policy of “zero tolerance” towards unauthorised border crossers and insisted children were being held in humane conditions, criticism swelled from rights groups and within the president’s own Republican Party.Trump has stood defiantly even as Democratic politicians accused authorities of keeping children in “cages” separate from their incarcerated parents and Amnesty International likened the practice to “torture.”“The United States will not be a migrant camp, and it will not be a refugee holding facility,” Trump said at the White House.“You look at what’s happening in Europe, you look at what’s happening in other places, we can’t allow that to happen to the United States,” he said. “Not on my watch.”Official data shows more than 2,000 children have been separated from their parents or guardians since early May, when the administration said it would arrest and charge all migrants who illegally crossed the Mexican border – even if they were seeking asylum.Since children cannot be sent to the facilities where their parents are held, they are separated from them.Irish actionLabour Party leader Brendan Howlin TD has called on Coveney to raise the issue of children being separated from their parents at US borders directly with the US Secretary of State.“I think people across the world and in the United States are appalled at the implications of this policy, which sees young children being separated from their parents,” Howlin said.US First Lady Melania Trump has said she “hates” to see families separated at the US border and hopes “both sides of the aisle” can reform the nation’s immigration laws.“It is good to hear the First Lady voice her opinions on the issue in stark contrast to the dishonest and disingenuous commentary being offered by the president,” Howlin said.“I’m calling now on our Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney to raise the issue directly with the US authorities. Image: Leah Farrell via RollingNews.ie 12,772 Views Tuesday 19 Jun 2018, 9:30 AM https://jrnl.ie/4078343 center_img By Hayley Halpin Jun 19th 2018, 9:31 AM There is no ambassador in Ireland to be called in, so direct contact with the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is required. In addition to this obvious and inexcusable cruelty that this policy is imposing on individual families, it is also further tainting the reputation of the United States.‘Utter atrocity’ A Republican-led Congress is drafting legislative options to address the crisis, with possible votes later this week.“Some in the administration have decided that this cruel policy increases their legislative leverage. This is wrong,” said Republican Senator Ben Sasse, an occasional Trump critic.“Americans do not take children hostage, period.”Amid the outcry, independent investigative news organisation Pro Publica published audio obtained from inside a US Customs and Border Protection facility in which children are heard wailing.“I don’t want them to stop my father,” a distraught girl’s voice can be heard, as others cried in the background. “I don’t want them to deport him.”With reporting by © – AFP 2018 Share642 Tweet Email Image: Leah Farrell via RollingNews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Statue could harm FYROMs EU ambitions

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Authorities in Skopje erected a huge bronze statue of Alexander the Great in the city centre, a move certain to aggravate a long running dispute with Athens over the official name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia that has barred the tiny Balkan country from joining the EU and NATO. The 11-metre-high statue, which weighs around 40 tons, was raised onto a 10-metre-high pedestal in the heart of Skopje, to cheering crowds. Last Monday commenting on news about preparations to raise the statue of the ancient Greek warrior in Skopje, Foreign Minister of Greece Mr Stavros Lambrinidis suggested that authorities in FYROM should “concentrate on building bridges rather than erecting walls and statues”. Lambrinidis, while visiting Luxembourg for a summit of peers from the EU and Balkans, told his FYROM counterpart, Antonio Milososki that “instead of trying to rewrite history we should try to write the future”. The European Union’s Enlargement Commissioner, Stefan Fule, also reacted to the plans late on Monday, warning FYROM that taking action considered by Greece as “provocative” could harm its ambitions to join the bloc. Speaking on A1 television channel in Skopje, the Czech commissioner condemned the decision to erect the giant monument depicting Greece’s ancient hero – a move Athens has described as a “usurpation” of its history. “Seriously, if you have a neighbour… and there is an issue between the two of you, whatever the nature of that issue is, if you are trying sincerely to solve it, I guess you would avoid doing anything that your neighbour might call a provocation,” Fule said. “This is simple logic.” Greece objects to FYROM using the word ‘Macedonia’ in its name without a geographical qualifier – the country borders with Greece’s northern province of Macedonia – and has blocked Skopje’s accession to NATO and the EU until the rows are resolved. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Unilever shifts production to Greece

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram British-Dutch firm Unilever announced on Tuesday that 110 of its products that are currently imported to Greece from elsewhere in Europe will soon be produced in this country, in a much-needed boost for the local economy. The move, which will cover the needs of the domestic market, will transform its local arm, Elais-Unilever Hellas, into a strategic pillar for the multinational group. Furthermore, not only will imports be reduced, but other industries will also have a stab at becoming sustainable as those 110 product codes will not be produced by Unilever’s Greek plants but outsourced to other Greek companies, the head of Elais-Unilever Hellas, Spyros Desyllas, explained. He was speaking during a presentation to the media of Elais-Unilever Hellas’s new logistics and distribution center that went into operation this year at Schimatari, north of Athens. FAMAR and Papoutsanis already produce Lux soap bars for Unilever, and procedures for cooperation with other firms, concerning Unilever’s cosmetic, detergent and personal hygiene products, are expected to continue up to the end of the first quarter of 2013. The move will not include food products. Up until today, most of these products have been manufactured at Unilever plants in France, Germany and other European countries. The new development will result in an increase in Unilever’s turnover from domestic production climbing from 55 percent to 60 percent in 2013. “We never had the dilemma as to whether we should stay or leave. The history and the continuity of our investment program confirms that. Greece was, is and will be a pillar of growth for Unilever,” the head of Elais-Unilever Hellas stated. He went on to explain that the parent company’s reason for this decision is that production has recently become a little more competitive in Greece, while shipping costs will also be reduced. Already Elais-Unilever Hellas exports products to 19 countries, with a turnover of 30 million euros, which corresponds to 7.5 percent of its total turnover. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Will Robots Take Your Job Calculate the Risk Online

By on September 20, 2019

first_img On the surface, rapidly advancing artificial intelligence seems cool. But bubbling underneath is a frightening future, in which grinning robots hand out pink slips to human workers.Just how likely are you to lose your job to an automated machine? Ask Web-based tool “Will Robots Take My Job?“—at your own peril.Developed by Mubashar Iqbal and designed by Dimitar Raykov, the site is based on a 2013 report examining how susceptible 702 occupations are to computerization.“According to our estimates, about 47 percent of total US employment is at risk,” researchers said four years ago.Be afraid. Be very afraid.Especially if you work as a telemarketer, tailor, mathematical technician, watch repairer, tax preparer, library technician, or data entry keyer—all of which are basically doomed come cyborg judgment day. We’ve covered all the places robots are likely to steal jobs in the future. Nearly a quarter of jobs analyzed in 2013 were at a 90 percent or higher probability of automation, according to Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne of the University of Oxford. One can only assume those numbers are higher now.Thinking about a change of career? This might be the right time to hang up the whistle (umpires, referees, other sports officials – 98 percent), put away the emery boards (manicurists/pedicurists – 95 percent), and return the uniform (waiters – 94 percent) in favor of something more secure.Like working as a reporter. My profession, though not the most lucrative, runs only an 11 percent risk of a robot takeover. Dancers, air traffic controllers, and cosmetologists boast the same results. But drivers might need to start mulling over their futures. “Our model predicts that most workers in transportation and logistics occupations, together with the bulk of office and administrative support workers, and labor in production occupations, are at risk,” Frey and Osborne wrote in their paper.“More surprisingly, we find that a substantial share of employment in service occupations, where most US job growth has occurred over the past decades, are highly susceptible to computerization,” they continued.There is, of course, no guarantee: Four-year-old statistics can only forecast so much. And if someone builds a working android podiatrist tomorrow, the 23rd safest occupation will suddenly be threatened.“Our findings … imply that as technology races ahead, low-skill workers will reallocate to tasks that are non-susceptible to computerization—i.e. tasks requiring creative and social intelligence,” the researchers said, adding that “for workers to win the race,” they must acquire those skills. Stay on target Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower last_img read more

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Union Budget – Did it Meet Expectations

By on September 5, 2019

first_imgHome loans: Expectations – It was expected that the exemption limit on interest paid on home loans will be raised from ₹1.5 lakh to at least ₹3lakh. Reality – The housing loan exemption limit for self-occupied house was raised by only ₹50,000 to ₹2 lakh.Investment Savings exemption: Expectations – It was expected that the tax exemption on investment savings under Section 80 C be raised from ₹1.5 lakh to ₹3 lakh Reality – Here again, the government stuck to its ₹50,000 exemption, thus exempting savings investments up to ₹2 lakh.Retrospective Tax: Expectations – There were expectations within the industrial community that the government would do away with retrospective taxes to create a more investment-friendly environment. Reality – The NDA government refused to change the present rules on retrospective tax, but gave some relief by announcing that a high-level committee would look into cases of retrospective taxation. FDI in Defence: Expectations – While Modi had given several indications of his government’s keenness to bring in more foreign direct investment to sectors such as Defence, it was hoped that he would allow FDI up to 51 percent to attract more investors. Reality – While Jaitley did open up the Defence sector to investments, he kept the cap a little short of expectations at 49 percent, which is still being seen as a major overhaul for defence production in the country.Fiscal Deficit: Expectations – While the former government had set the limit for fiscal deficit at 4.1 percent of the GDP for this fiscal year, there were strong rumours that the government would have to raise the limit to at least 4.5 percent, given the current economic state. Reality – Jaitley said the government would stick to the pre-determined limit for fiscal deficit, by cutting down on expenditure. He, however, pinned the fiscal deficit for 2015-16 at 3.6 percent and for 2016-17 at 3 percent.Reforms: Expectations – It was hoped the government would bring in tax reforms, particularly with the introduction of the Goods and Services tax (GST). Reality – The government did fall in line with the expectation, calling for an implementation of the Goods and Services Tax in order to streamline taxation. However, Jaitley refrained from laying down any timeline for the same. Even before the Union Budget was presented on Thursday, there were heavy expectations of high tax exemptions and reforms, especially among the salaried class.Here’s a look at whether the budget met expectations or not. Income tax exemption: Expectations – It was expected that the income tax threshold will be raised from ₹2 lakh to at least ₹3 lakh, with some even hoping it would go up to ₹5 lakh. Reality – Almost as if not to disappoint tax-payers, particularly the middle class, entirely, Jaitley announced a marginal rise in tax exemption by ₹50,000, thus taking it from ₹2 lakh to ₹2.5 lakh. Tax exemption limit for senior citizens went up from ₹2.5 lakh to ₹3 lakh.last_img read more

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Nebraska Hospital Surgeon with Ebola has Died

By on September 1, 2019

first_imgThis 2013 file photo provided by United Brethren in Christ, shows Dr. Martin Salia. Salia who was diagnosed with Ebola on Monday, landed at Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, Nov. 17, 2014, and was being transported to the Nebraska Medical Center. (AP Photo/United Brethren in Christ, Jeff Bleijerveld, File)OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A surgeon who contracted Ebola while working in his native Sierra Leone died Monday while being treated in a biocontainment unit at a Nebraska hospital, the facility said.Nebraska Medical Center said in a news release that Dr. Martin Salia died as a result of the disease. Hospital spokesman Taylor Wilson said Salia died shortly after 4 a.m. Monday.“Dr. Salia was extremely critical when he arrived here, and unfortunately, despite out best efforts, we weren’t able to save him,” said Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the biocontainment unit.Salia arrived Saturday to be treated at the Omaha hospital, where two other Ebola patients have been successfully treated.Salia had advanced symptoms when he arrived at the hospital Saturday, which included kidney and respiratory failure, the hospital said. He was placed on dialysis, a ventilator and given several medications to support his organ systems.“We used every possible treatment available to give Dr. Salia every possible opportunity for survival,” Smith said. “As we have learned, early treatment with these patients is essential. In Dr. Salia’s case, his disease was already extremely advanced by the time he came here for treatment.”Ebola has killed more than 5,000 people in West Africa, mostly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leona. Five other doctors in Sierra Leone have contracted Ebola, and all have died.In this April 2014 photo provided by the United Methodist News Service, Dr. Martin Salia, left, performs surgery at the United Methodist Church’s Kissy Hospital outside Freetown, Sierra Leone. The hospital was closed Nov. 11 after Salia, chief medical officer and surgeon, tested positive for Ebola. Salia who was diagnosed with Ebola on Monday, landed at Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, Nov. 17, 2014, and was being transported to the Nebraska Medical Center. (AP Photo/United Methodist News Service, Mike DuBose)The 44-year-old Salia had been working as a general surgeon at Kissy United Methodist Hospital in the Sierra Leone capital of Freetown. It’s not clear whether he was involved in the care of Ebola patients. Kissy is not an Ebola treatment unit, but Salia worked in at least three other facilities, United Methodist News said, citing health ministry sources.Salia, a Sierra Leone citizen who lives in Maryland, first showed Ebola symptoms on Nov. 6 but tested negative for the virus. He eventually tested positive on Nov. 10.Salia’s wife, Isatu Salia, said in a telephone interview at the weekend that when she spoke to her husband early Friday his voice sounded weak and shaky. But he told her “I love you” in a steady voice, she said.The two prayed together, and their children, ages 12 and 20, are coping, Isatu Salia said, calling her husband “my everything.”last_img read more

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Maryland General Assembly Kicks off 2016 Session with Education Police Vetoes atop

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first_imgDelegate Aruna Miller, D-Montgomery, voices her support for the nomination of Michael Busch as Maryland House Speaker in Annapolis on January 13, 2016. (Capital News Service photo by Jessica Campisi). ANNAPOLIS — Amid a sea of Maryland state-flag neckties and toddlers in suits, legislators of the Maryland General Assembly gaveled in for the first day of the 2016 session.Both houses of the Assembly concerned themselves with the formalities of opening day. Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller Jr. and House Speaker Michael Busch, both Democrats, were reinstated in their leadership positions.Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller Jr. takes an oath to be reinstated as the Senate President on opening day of the 2016 session in Annapolis on January 13. Miller stood alongside Senate Majority Leader Catherine Pugh, D-Baltimore, Senate Minority Leader J.B. Jennings, R-Baltimore County, and Jennings’ son. (Capital News Service photo by Rachel Bluth).Miller formally recognized the senators’ guests, including family members, interns and county executives who populated the crowded gallery section way above the Senate floor.Miller described the Senate as a family, presenting baby gifts to Minority Leader J.B. Jennings, R-Baltimore County, and Sen. Justin Ready, R-Carroll, who have a newborn girl and boy, respectively.“Republicans may not be able to produce bills, but they do something else,” Miller joked. The General Assembly may choose to override six of the bills Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, vetoed last year. The Senate scheduled a vote on the vetoes for Jan. 20. Wednesday morning at Annapolis Summit, a legislative conference sponsored by news, academic and other Maryland organizations, Hogan, a Republican, called discussion of legislative overrides “overdramatic.” But Democrats, who control both chambers of the General Assembly, were resolute. Senate Majority Leader Catherine Pugh embraces Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller Jr. after he was unanimously re-elected in Annapolis on January 13, 2016. (Capital News Service photo by Rachel Bluth).“We want to restore some of these veto bills, especially as it relates to ex-felons,” said Senate Majority Leader Catherine Pugh, D-Baltimore.On the table is the decriminalization of smoking marijuana in public—as well as the legalization of pot-smoking paraphernalia—voting rights for felons on parole or probation, hotel booking taxes, room rental fees in Howard County and restrictions on police seizing assets of less than $300.Hogan chalked up some of these vetoes, like the bills on marijuana and police seizures, to minor issues with legislation that he hoped would eventually be ironed out in the General Assembly. He said he was most concerned with the legislation allowing ex-felons to vote.Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller Jr. welcomes Gov. Larry Hogan and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford to the state Senate in Annapolis on January 13, 2016. (Capital News Service photo by Rachel Bluth).“Former felons can already vote in Maryland, it’s a misrepresentation of the facts,” Hogan said at the summit. “This is allowing CURRENT felons, who haven’t yet served out their sentences, who are still on parole or probation, who haven’t finalized their debt to society, whether we should allow them to vote. I disagree with it.”Hogan, a Republican, said that his proposed tax plan, which includes $480 million in tax cuts, is something that Republicans and Democrats should both agree on. Despite Hogan’s hopes for bipartisan support, Miller and Busch told WEAA radio host Marc Steiner they had not been consulted about the governor’s tax plan. Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch addresses the General Assembly at the Maryland State House in Annapolis on January 13, 2016. (Capital News Service photo by Jessica Campisi).“The problem is communication,” Miller said. “It’s the same problem between husbands and wives, if you want to stay married, you have to communicate.” Busch said that education funding is his main priority going into budget deliberations. The governor last year cut expected supplemental education funding — known as GCEI — to some jurisdictions, angering the Democratic establishment.Hogan’s tax plan, which he announced Tuesday, includes a 3 percent Earned Income Tax credit over one year, similar to a plan proposed by Sen. Richard Madaleno, D-Montgomery, in 2014.U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., addresses reporters at the Maryland State House on the opening day of the General Assembly’s 2016 session in Annapolis on January 13, 2016. (Capital News Service photo by Amber Ebanks).“He’s just trying to accelerate the bill that I passed two years ago, as far as getting the increase,” Madaleno said. “I’m glad that the governor has gotten on with one of my priorities.”Beyond that, Madaleno was critical of Hogan’s plan.“He uses very big numbers, rounded up, over multiple years,” Madaleno said.While most lawmakers were greeting each other and readying for a noon start to the legislature, some spent the morning touting bills and issues they planned to support during the 2016 session.Several state legislators held a news conference to call for quick action on the Clean Energy Jobs Act, which, according to the Maryland Climate Coalition, would mandate the state increase its minimum clean energy consumption to 25 percent by 2020.“The bill is a win for the environment, a win for health and a win for the economy,” Madaleno said.The bill also includes a $40 million plan to train and prepare more people in Maryland for careers in clean energy.Montgomery County Police Department Traffic Division Director Capt. Tom Didone speaks to a reporter following the MADD news conference at the Maryland State House in Annapolis on January 13, 2016. Didone holds a poster with a photograph of Officer Noah Leotta, a police officer who died in December 2015 after being struck by a car driven by a man charged with driving drunk. (Capital News Service photo by Amber Ebanks).Representatives from Mothers Against Drunk Driving also gathered Wednesday morning and called on the legislature to enact the All-DUI Offender Ignition Interlock Law. This law would require ignition interlocks for convicted drunken-drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or greater. This device requires the driver to blow into a mouthpiece before starting the vehicle. If the driver is impaired, the device will prevent the engine from being started.Montgomery County Police Department Traffic Division Director Capt. Tom Didone said he attended the news conference in honor of Officer Noah Leotta, 24, who was on DUI patrol in December when he was struck and killed. Police have charged a man with driving drunk in connection with Leotta’s death.“The reality of this is you look at this young man and you can’t help but to see a bright a promising person whose life was lost,” said Didone. “This is a person who’s dedicated his life to protecting citizens and removing drunk drivers from the highway and who has his back?”U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md. is in the Maryland State House on the first day of the Maryland General Assembly session in Annapolis on January 13, 2016. (Capital News Service photo by Jessica Campisi).Other speakers included State Sen. Jamie Raskin, D-Montgomery, Delegate Ben Kramer, D-Montgomery, and MADD Maryland State Program Director Lisa Spicknall.At the end of the morning summit, outgoing U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, a Democrat, reflected on her long years of service.She said that she was pleased that there is more minority and female participation in politics, and that technology has made it easier to reach people.As far as her retirement plans go, she wants to continue working with state officials on issues like combating heroin.“No golf, the nuns would never let me take up a sport where I had a club in my hands.”–CNS Correspondents Connor Glowacki and Amber Ebanks contributed to this report.last_img read more

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How to plant and care for a classic holiday gift the poinsettia

By on August 19, 2019

first_img Facebook Comments Recommended: Squash that tastes like canteloupe? Welcome to the tropicsMost of us are familiar with poinsettia plants (Euphorbia pulcherrima). If you look closely, you can see that what many people think of as big red flowers are actually bright red leaves that surround a group of small yellow flowers. Poinsettias are  native to Central America, but are now found around the world as a leading ornamental, particularly at Christmas.  They are primarily grown as potted plants; however, tropical gardeners can plant poinsettias outside in the garden.Nurseries offer different varieties of poinsettia as potted plants, or gardeners use stem cuttings about 10-15 centimeters long that are taken from mature plants to propagate new ones. These cuttings should be planted in sandy loam prepared potting soil in containers that are placed in a shady area and watered weekly to prevent them from drying out.  When the cuttings begin to sprout new foliage, they can be moved into the sunlight.  Later, when the plants are well-established, they can be transplanted to larger pots or planter boxes, or planted in the ground outside.These plants flower best in full sunlight, in well-drained soil fortified with compost fertilizer.  After a year of growth, trim the plants back after blooming to keep them compact. Small insects such as scales, mites and thrips may attack the foliage, but can be controlled with soapy solution sprays. Potted poinsettia plants need watering in the dry season, but hardy outdoor plants can be mulched during the dry season, so they need little or no water at this time.When it comes to finding a gift this year for your neighbors, why not try a living poinsettia?Read more of Ed Bernhardt’s monthly Home Gardening columns here.For more information on tropical gardening – naturally – visit Ed at http://thenewdawncenter.info/blog.html or contact him at thenewdawncenter@yahoo.com.  Related posts:Top tips for avoiding snake bites in the garden Squash that tastes like cantaloupe? Welcome to the tropics Aloe vera: Doc in a pot 5 health-boosting ways to improve your garden’s soillast_img read more

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Recent largescale killings in the Middle East

By on August 18, 2019

first_img Sponsored Stories HALABJA, IRAQ, 1988: In the deadliest chemical weapons attack against civilians, Saddam Hussein’s regime unleashed poison gas in the Kurdish town of Halabja in northern Iraq, killing up to 5,000 people. Saddam suspected the non-Arab Kurds of siding with Iran as a war between the two was winding down and a rebellion in the north was taking root. Photos showed the bodies of men, women and children lying in the streets. Both Saddam and Ali Hassan al-Majid _ widely known as “Chemical Ali” _ were later executed for the attack and other crimes against humanity.SABRA AND SHATILA REFUGEE CAMPS, LEBANON, 1982: Israeli-backed Christian Phalange militiamen entered two Palestinian refugee camps in the Lebanese capital of Beirut, killing between 1,200 and 1,400 men, women and children. The Christian militiamen were sworn enemies of the late Yasser Arafat’s PLO. An Israeli commission of inquiry later found Ariel Sharon, defense minister at the time, indirectly responsible.HAMA, SYRIA, 1982: Then-Syrian President Hafez Assad, the father of the current leader, cracked down on a Muslim Brotherhood-led rebellion in the northern city of Hama. The Syrian forces, led by the president’s brother and special forces from their minority Alawite sect, razed much of the city in a three-week air and ground attack, killing between 10,000 to 20,000 people. It has been described as the single deadliest attack by any Arab government against its own people. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family (AP) – Recent large-scale killings in the Middle East:HOULA, SYRIA, MAY 12, 2012: Activists say men in civilian clothes gunned down people in the streets and stabbed women and children in their homes after large anti-government protests in Houla, a group of villages in central Syria. The U.N. says at least 108 people were killed, including 34 women and 49 children. The attack came 15 months into an uprising against President Bashar Assad that has killed thousands of people. Assad’s regime denies its forces carried out the attack. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   Top Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) How men can have a healthy 2019last_img read more

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Myanmar president undecided about seeking second term

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first_imgThe opposition party led by Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, boycotted the 2010 polls, which they said were not free and fair. But Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy is contesting this time around and is expected to see heavy gains against the ruling party.Analysts say that Thein Sein has been reluctant to announce if he will seek a second term because of concerns about the opposition’s popularity, and will wait to commit until he sees election results.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. “The president has already said that he will decide whether to run for a second term or not based on the wishes of the people and election results,” Zaw Htay, the director of the president’s office, told The Associated Press, adding that his stance remains unchanged.“It all depends on circumstances,” Zaw Htay said.Thein Sein has repeatedly said he would seek a second term if that is what the people of Myanmar want, meaning if his ruling party gets a majority of votes in the elections and wins the opportunity to choose the country’s next president.The official also noted that to “run for president” Thein Sein doesn’t even have to contest for a parliamentary seat. The winning political party can choose a president from among its newly elected lawmakers or from its non-elected party members.A former military commander, Thein Sein ran for parliament in 2010 elections, when the ruling party won a majority. He won a seat, which he had to give up after being named president.Zaw Htay also said the president is “in good health.”The upcoming polls will be the second general election since Myanmar ended a half-century of brutal military rule and handed power to a nominally civilian government in 2011. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar President Thein Sein has not yet decided whether to pursue a second term but will base his decision on how the ruling party fares in parliamentary elections later this year, his office said Tuesday.The president’s office denied a news report that quoted an anonymous official as saying Thein Sein would not run in November’s parliamentary elections due to health concerns. Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Check your body, save your life Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Parents, stop beating yourself up FILE – In this Jan. 4, 2015 file photo, Myanmar President Thein Sein waves during a ceremony to mark Myanmar’s 67th anniversary of Independence Day in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. The president’s office says he has not yet decided whether to pursue a second term in office but will base his decision on how the ruling party fares in parliamentary elections this November. His office denied a news report Tuesday, July 14, 2015 that quoted an anonymous official as saying Thein Sein would not run in parliamentary elections due to health concerns. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe, File) Top Stories last_img read more

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Thats in the Bahamas right Philippine tourism to boost poor awaren

By on August 17, 2019

first_imgAn aggressive global campaign promoting fun and Filipino hospitality is set to tackle poor awareness of the Philippines’ offerings, the country’s Tourism Secretary said in Los Angeles.The Philippine Department of Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Jr, told industry and media that many consider poor image as the main obstacle to tourism growth in the Philippines. “But that’s a lot of BS,” he said.“The problem is plain and simple lack of awareness. You can actually walk into a travel agency in Spain (in Spain – the country that colonized the Philippines for 400 years) and you will not find a single brochure on the Philippines. “Even [in America], you get things like, ‘The Philippines, that’s in the Bahamas right?’”According to Mr Jimenez, this lack of awareness stems from a number of factors, the most obvious being a lack budget, which although now at its highest in Philippine history is still “invisible” when compared to competitors.“We haven’t really spent behind our image. So our negative image is actually larger than our positive. We’re like velcro, everything sticks.”The launch of the ‘It’s more fun in the Philippines’ campaign “has energized the system”, the Tourism Secretary said, giving people a loud and clear reason to go to the Philippines.“It’s not just a descriptor, like ‘amazing’ or ‘incredible’, it is for all intents and purposes, a comparative, competitive claim. It’s like saying, ‘Name it, whatever it is, it’s more fun in the Philippines’.Mr Jimenez announced the Philippine Department of Tourism will be actively growing its global footprint, playing ads in airports, using billboards and posters across the world from New York to London and even Norway.“All of this will be unfolding in the balance of this year…and brochures in Spain. That’s my personal crusade.”Stay tuned to e-Travel Blackboard for more news from frank Philippine Tourism Secretary. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img read more

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By on August 11, 2019

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >With Club Med’s Early Booking Bonus travellers can save up to 40% on sun-kissed escapes and up to 20% on snow adventures at Club Med Resorts when they book by 16 September.Dreaming of a white Christmas? At Club Med’s snow resorts, guests can discover the vast skifields of the European Alps and mountains of Asia. Club Med’s unbeatable all-inclusive prices include ski passes and lessons, accommodation, kids’ club, gourmet meals and an open bar:Val Thorens Sensations 4T, French Alps, 3 Vallées: Club Med’s newest Snow Resort is located in the famous ski domain of Val Thorens which is renowned for its high altitude. Club Med Val Thorens offers the perfect combination of exceptional skifields with the pleasure of après-ski with panoramic views. Packages start from $2842 per adult and $2274 per child for an all-inclusive, 7-night stay. Based on departure on the 24 January 2016.Val d’Isère 4T & 5T, French Alps, Espace Killy: Set in the heart of the Tarentaise Valley at an altitude of 1829m, with direct access to the slopes of the extensive Espace Killy domain. Packages start from $2356 per adult and $1884 per child for an all-inclusive, 7-night stay.Valmorel 4T, French Alps, Grand Domaine: Skiers and non-skiers can enjoy the chalet lifestyle and take in the fresh air and mountain views that overlook Club Med Valmorel. Activities on offer include snowshoe walks and Nordic treks to take in some of the most breathtaking sights of the snowy season. Packages start from $2475 per adult and $1980 per child for an all-inclusive, 7-night stay.Peisey-Vallandry 4T, French Alps, Paradiski : Club Med Peisey-Vallandry embodies the authentic spirit of France’s Savoy mountains locked in the Tarentaise Valley in France. Packages start from $2255 per adult and $1804 per child for an all-inclusive, 7-night stay. Based on departure on 10 April 2016.Pragelato Via Lattea 4T, Italian Alps, The Vialattea, : Club Med Pragelato Via Lattea is situated in Italy’s beautiful Piedmont region. The charming chalets promise a warm, friendly welcome with a genuine Italian dolce vita atmosphere. Packages start from $2407 per adult and $1926 per child for an all-inclusive, 7-night stay.Hokkaido 4T, Japan: Renowned as a winter sports mecca since it hosted the Sapporo Olympic Games in 1972, the resort’s climate guarantees plenty of snow and great powder on the pistes, which are located between 396 and 1000m. Packages start from $1906 per adult and $1926 per child for an all-inclusive, 7-night stay.For a sun-soaked getaway, Club Med’s Early Booking Bonus is offering fantastic deals for November-April departures, from the wild Malaysian Jungle at Club Med Cherating Beach, to the pristine waters of the Maldives at Club Med Kani and Club Med Finolhu Villas.Finolhu Villas, Maldives (Sunrise Beach Villa): Discover Club Med’s new Eco-nature villas on the beautifully preserved island of Gasfinolhu. This collection of 52 stunning waterfront villas is situated on a private island nestled in beautiful natural surroundings. For adults only, the Finolhu Villas provide the perfect balance between modern luxury and natural charm, setting a new benchmark for high-end holidays in the Maldives.  Guests also have access to abundance of activities and vibrant nightlife offered at Club Med Kani, just a five minute speedboat ride away. Packages start from $6944 per adult.Kani 4T, Maldives: Located on a private island on the Maldives archipelago, Club Med Kani is a little paradise bathed in turquoise waters. Between diving in the underwater world, surfing some of the world’s best breaks, and the pleasure of sampling the exquisite flavours of cuisine from across the globe, Kani is an Eden for lovers of relaxation and discovery.   Packages start from $2403 per adult and $1464 per child for an all-inclusive, seven-night stay.Phuket 4T, Thailand: Located on the shores of Kata Bay alongside a stunning 1.2 km beach, this stylish Resort is the perfect mix of East meets West. At Phuket, adults and children can experience a wide range of sports, gourmet cuisine around the clock, open bar including cocktails, exciting activities at Kid’s Clubs and fun for young and old alike with evening entertainment. 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Packages start from $1226 per adult and $735 per child for an all-inclusive, seven-night stay.Guilin 4T, China: Discover the region that Chinese emperors, painters and poets have long praised as the most enchanting area of China.  Adults and children can experience a wide range of activities such as flying trapeze academy, cooking class, yoga class, golf and swimming pools. Packages start from $1230 per adult and $738 per child for an all-inclusive, seven-night stay.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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Washington has also

By on November 17, 2018

Washington has also threatened tariffs on imports of Chinese goods unless Beijing stops stealing American companies’ intellectual property.

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By on October 23, 2018

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But our question is

By on September 16, 2018

But our question is because of the rift between the military authorities and civilian faculty, India are presently leading Pool D with maximum six points from two games but both England and South Africa are still in the hunt with three apiece. from deals with Sky Sports and BT Sports, The report also alleged that the Rape Crisis Cell tried to “substitute the established practice” by giving assistance to rape victims when there is already a machinery in place to deal with such cases — for example,restricted range of motion,though his physique seemed more lardy than muscular back then? Others said the US election result has not affected whom they will vote for. Van der Bellen says he hopes that Trump’s triumph will? has hardly been gung-ho about pursuing perpetrators of riots. was granted bail and died in 2010 without having needed to serve his sentence.

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