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first_imgFrom whether or not they should join a CDs-by-mail club to where they choose to live, young Nova Scotians face a sometimes bewildering number of consumer decisions in their daily lives. Now they are also getting the information that can help them make more informed choices. The Reality Choices program aims to help Nova Scotians aged 18 to 30 face financial hurdles, manage money, understand property rental agreements, make decisions relating to vehicle expenses and provide other important consumer satisfaction information. “Making life decisions can be overwhelming, regardless of your age,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “It is important for young Nova Scotians to understand the legal consequences that go with these decisions, so they can then make informed choices.” Reality Choices provides information on understanding credit history and ratings from the time a person is issued a credit card, loan or line of credit from a bank, or even a subscription to a CD or video club. It explains how credit agencies operate and their purpose. The program explains the importance of developing a spending plan and how to budget monthly expenses. The program also includes important information relating to: the pros and cons of buying versus renting a home living expenses and shared costs rental agreements landlord and tenant responsibilities the importance of tenant insurance and the legal liability of associated accidental property damage buying and leasing vehicles consumer satisfaction relating to refunds, exchanges, warranties, door-to-door sales, online shopping, rebates and identity protection. The program was developed jointly by provincial, territorial and federal governments through the consumer measures committee. For more information about Reality Choices, see the website at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/consumer .last_img read more

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first_imgThe province is asking the public to join efforts to track the health of Nova Scotia’s bat populations. In response to the rapid decline in bat numbers because of white-nose syndrome, the province has partnered with the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute to create two tools for the public to report bat sightings: a telephone hotline and a simple online reporting form. White-nose syndrome, a fatal infection caused by the cold-climate fungus Geomyces destructans, has killed millions of bats throughout northeastern North America in just a few years. “Every sighting is important to report, given the low numbers in the wake of the disease,” said Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker. “We can all play a role in their recovery, especially landowners and others who may have direct contact with these species. With numbers so severely impacted, every bat observation now provides important information to biologists and scientists.” “Gathering the collective knowledge of Nova Scotians will be crucial to effective recovery of these bat species,” said Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute wildlife biologist Brad Toms. “Many Nova Scotians live close to these bats and, with their help, we’ll be starting the process with a map rather than a blank piece of paper.” White-nose syndrome causes bats to wake frequently during winter hibernation; with limited food sources available, they can die from starvation and hypothermia. After documenting a 95 per cent decline at five mainland Nova Scotia over-winter hibernation sites, the province listed three species under the Nova Scotia Endangered Species Act. The public can report sightings of bats, including summer bat roosts and over-winter sites, by calling 1-866-727-3447 (toll-free) or by going online to www.batconservation.ca .last_img read more

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first_imgCALGARY – An Alberta First Nation that brought in laws to deal with packs of feral dogs says the strategy could be used on other reserves across the country that are struggling with their canine population.Josh Littlechild, the Tribal Law Officer of Ermineskin Cree Nation south of Edmonton, outlined the steps the reserve took two years ago at the National Animal Welfare Conference on Monday.“We were having a few issues where dogs were getting aggressive toward our members,” Littlechild said.Now, the reserve requires registrations and owners to meet a standard of animal care.“We also have a dangerous dog provision,” he said. “It kind of addresses the whole gamut and the needs of dogs in our nation.”Dogs running loose are common on reserves, particularly in northern areas.Their presence can be fatal.Last May, Donnelly Rose Eaglestick of Little Grand Rapids First Nation in Manitoba, was found dead after an animal attack at a construction site. Her body was surrounded by dozens of dogs.In 2007, a five-year-old child was killed by a dog on Cumberland House First Nation north of Saskatoon.Leah Arcand, who teaches at Thunderchild First Nation northwest of North Battleford, Sask., said she currently cares for 14 dogs. Two of them are hers permanently and the others she is fostering and finding new homes.She said animal welfare organizations are helpful in many instances.“Like all animals, there are a lot of stray dogs guaranteed in every First Nations community that need your help. Just by donating food or getting the dogs spayed or neutered certainly helps a lot,” she told delegates.“I know at Thunderchild for sure there are some wild, stray dogs who become very aggressive because they don’t have the care that they need or the food that they need.”Littlechild said there isn’t an easy answer for every First Nation but has shared his story with other chiefs who are open to the idea.“For First Nations, I think it would be a great approach to employ a law in each band’s constitution that addresses the need for animal welfare and dog welfare in particular,” he said.Littlechild encouraged animal groups to reach out to the leadership in each reserve before venturing onto traditional property and to not come with preconceived notions.“Free-roaming dogs don’t necessarily mean that our dogs are not cared for. We have dogs that belong to households that free roam during the day and come home at night and sleep and eat and others belong to one family or multiple families,” said Littlechild.“That’s part of the reason why our law was so important. We were finding a lot of rez dogs were ending up on homes off the reserve being scooped up because they’re seen as strays.”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA — Big business leaders worried about Canada’s aging demographics have been urging political parties to avoid inflaming the immigration debate ahead of this fall’s federal election.Goldy Hyder of the Business Council of Canada says he’s promoted the economic case in favour of opening the country’s doors to more people.The head of the lobby group representing chief executives of Canada’s largest corporations says he’s already raised the issue with political leaders who are shifting into campaign mode for the October vote.Hyder says Canada is 10 years away from a “demographic pressure point,” when the country will desperately need immigrants to fill jobs and keep the economy humming.Rising public concerns about immigration, refugees and the security of the Canadian border have his members worried that politicians will put that aside as they fight for votes.The Immigration Department has a target of bringing in nearly 331,000 newcomers this year and increasing that to 350,000 in 2021.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Larry Savage and Ingrid Makus at Wednesday’s plaque unveilingYesterday, Brock unveiled a new plaque recognizing the significant contributions that local union members made to the University’s Founding Fund from 1965 to 1970.The plaque, which is located on the 300-level of Mackenzie Chown where blocks B and C meet, was proposed by Brock’s Centre for Labour Studies as part of the University’s 50th anniversary celebrations.“This plaque commemorates the contributions of unions and the labour movement to the very foundation of Brock University,” said Ingrid Makus, acting dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, at yesterday’s event. “This group of supporters was one of the first to provide voluntary financial contributions to the founding of the University.”Labour unions played a key role in organizing voluntary payroll deduction in work sites across Niagara in support of the early growth and development of the University.“On Jan. 22, 1965, more than 100 union leaders and activists from the region were invited to a dinner hosted by the University’s Founders Committee,” said Larry Savage, director, Centre for Labour Studies at Brock. “At that meeting they voted unanimously to encourage their members to donate a day’s pay per year for the next five years to contribute to the founding fund of the University.”Organized labour in Niagara set itself a goal of $1-million, but, by 1970, had surpassed this target, having raised more than $1.4 million for the Founding Fund. This amount represented almost a quarter of the total amount raised by the Founders Committee.“Imagine that,” said Savage. “And those are 1970s dollars, so that’s a much bigger donation by today’s standards.”This year also marks a significant anniversary for Brock’s Centre for Labour Studies, which is celebrating its 25 anniversary.“Labour Studies takes seriously what Brock is known for now, interdisciplinary research and teaching, and community engagement among faculty, students and staff,” said Makus.The new plaque reads: This plaque is dedicated to the thousands of union members in Niagara who donated a day’s pay each year, for the five years between 1965 and 1970, to the Brock University Founding Fund.“The plaque is very important because most students don’t know about this history, and surprisingly most faculty and staff don’t know about this history,” said Savage.“Those past generations of working men and women did not make this contribution for themselves. They did it for their children and grandchildren because they understood what it meant to build community and build education for future generations.”Workers at McKinnon Industries — a subsidiary of General Motors (GM) — contributed to Brock University’s Founding Fund (Special Collections and Archives, Brock University) read more

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HARRISONBURG, Va. — Matt Lewis scored six of his 19 points in the final minute to secure James Madison’s 73-66 victory over Radford on Tuesday night.Stuckey Mosley, who finished with 29 points, made back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Dukes their first lead in the second half 62-60 with 3:52 remaining. James Madison stretched the advantage to 65-60 before Travis Fields Jr. scored four points and Carlik Jones added a layup to close to 67-66 with 1:27 left. Lewis then sealed the win with six straight points.Mosley was 7 of 11 from beyond the arc.The teams were tied 35-35 at halftime but Radford opened the second half on a 9-0 run and led 52-44 midway of the final period. The Highlanders kept the lead until Mosley gave the Dukes (7-4) the advantage.Radford (6-2), coming off a 62-59 upset of No. 17 Texas on Friday night, was led by Jones with 15 points. The Highlanders are off to their best start since opening the 1990-91 season 8-0.The Associated Press read more

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first_imgA SOUTH KOREAN military conscript who killed five members of his unit was captured today after shooting and wounding himself following a tense 24-hour standoff with thousands of troops.“He shot himself in the side and we have captured him alive,” a defence ministry spokesman told AFP, adding that the 22-year-old sergeant had been taken to hospital.Thousands of soldiers backed by special forces units and army helicopters had surrounded the conscript, identified by his family name Lim, since he was tracked down on Sunday afternoon to a forested area south of the heavily militarised frontier with North Korea.Armed with a K-2 assault rifle and a stash of ammunition, Lim went on the run on Saturday night after killing five fellow soldiers and wounding seven others at a frontline border outpost.Prior to turning his gun on himself, Lim had spoken via a mobile phone with his parents who had urged him to surrender. Soldiers aim their guns during the search for the 22-year-old soldier Source: Ahn Young-joon/AP PhotoAn army officer who requested anonymity told Yonhap news agency that Lim had been in tears when he asked troops to hand the phone over to his father. “He talked to his parents for several minutes, and they pleaded with him to surrender,” the officer was quoted as saying.Lim had traded fire with his pursuers late on Sunday before digging in for the night in a section of forest outside a village some 10 kilometres from the border.One platoon leader was wounded in the arm in the exchange and the defence ministry said another soldier was wounded by friendly fire. South Korean soldiers behind a wall during a gunfight with the 22-year-old suspect. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesLim was due to be discharged in the next few months after completing his compulsory military service.The motive behind the shooting was unclear, but army sources said he had difficulty adapting to the military, and psychological evaluators had advised senior officers to pay him special attention.The incident triggered a massive military manhunt involving more than 4,000 soldiers. After a night on the run, Lim was finally cornered near Myungpa-ri village in eastern Gangwon province. Soldiers head to the search for the soldier. Source: Ahn Young-joon/AP PhotoAround 500 residents, most of them elderly, were evacuated from their homes to a school building as a precaution.Bullying in the barracksLim’s deadly shooting spree occurred at a guard post next to the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) — a buffer strip that runs the full length of the 250-kilometre inter-Korean frontier.Because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with a ceasefire rather than a peace treaty, the two Koreas technically remain at war. Source: Ahn Young-joon/AP PhotoMany of the South Korean soldiers on border duty are young male recruits doing their mandatory two-year military service.These young men make up a large part of the South’s 691,000-strong troop presence, compared with 1.17 million in the North.Most of the victims in Saturday’s shooting were conscripts, aged from 19 to 23.The defence ministry issued a “sincere apology” over the incident. A South Korean soldier stands guard at a checkpoint on Saturday Source: Ahn Young-joon/AP Photo“We pray for the souls of the victims and express our deepest regret for the victims, the injured and their families,” it said.Bullying and cruelty in the barracks have long tarnished the armed forces, and been blamed for suicides and similar shooting incidents.In July 2011, a 19-year-old marine conscript killed four colleagues in a shooting spree on Ganghwa island near the border.In June 2005, eight soldiers were killed and two seriously wounded when a 22-year-old conscript threw a grenade and sprayed bullets over sleeping colleagues at a frontline guard post north of Seoul.- © AFP, 2014Read: Former POW Bergdahl back on US soil, will continue medical treatment in Texas >Read: 6,000 Korean police storm religious compound in manhunt for sunken ferry owner >last_img read more

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first_imgGardaí advise students to be ‘streetwise’ ahead of Donegal Tuesday NUI Galway and Galway Mayo Institute of Technology have distanced themselves from the event since 2011. Tuesday 13 Feb 2018, 6:10 AM GARDAÍ ARE ADVISING students to plan ahead and be “streetwise” ahead of Galway city’s “unofficial” Rag Week.Rag Week, or “raising and giving” week, is a series of social events that aim to raise money for charities and not-for-profit organisations.The Tuesday of Galway city’s Rag Week is dubbed ‘Donegal Tuesday’ with some students dressing in the county’s green and gold colours.Rag Week is organised annually in a number of universities across the country, but due to frequent anti-social behaviour associated with the event in Galway city, colleges have disassociated themselves from that particular event.In a statement to TheJournal.ie, a spokesperson for NUI Galway said that while there hasn’t been a Rag week since 2011, “there may be independently held events aimed at young adults, including students, as is the case throughout the year”. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Gráinne Ní Aodha Feb 13th 2018, 6:11 AM 21 Comments Share187 Tweet Email6 center_img https://jrnl.ie/3848730 Image: City Taxis 38,844 Views Short URL Along with the wider city community, the University encourages responsible behaviour from organisers and participants.Galway Mayo Institute of Technology said it hasn’t been associated with the event for years.When asked if it had advice for those attending Rag Week this year, An Garda Síochána said that they would encourage people to be “streetwise”.“Planning is key to having a good night out. Arrange transport to and from events in advance. Let someone know where you are going and when you’ll be back. Avoid walking alone and in dark places.“Be wary of your surroundings and mind your property. Never attempt to reason with drunk or aggressive people. Walk away and look for help.”On last year’s Donegal Tuesday, people began queuing into The Hole in the Wall bar from midday.When asked whether additional resources had been allocated to the city ahead of this year’s event, An Garda Síochána said:“Local Garda Management closely monitors the allocation of all resources in the context of crime trends, policing needs and other operational strategies in place on a district, divisional and regional level, to ensure optimum use is made of Garda resources, and the best possible Garda service is provided to the public.”During unofficial Rag Week celebrations in 2013, a number of people were arrested in the city and video footage showed large noisy crowds and some topless men climbing up lampposts.In 2014, gardaí shut down an event at a night club after a crush outside the venue.Read: Galway gardaí warning to rag week revellers as they start early on ‘Donegal Tuesday’Read: Student defends Donegal Tuesday to Joe Duffy: ‘February is the drinking month’ Image: City Taxislast_img read more

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first_img Short URL Feb 5th 2017, 7:00 AM To create the required power-sharing government in Northern Ireland, members have to designate as ‘nationalist’ or ‘unionist’ when signing the register as an MLA on the first day the Assembly meets after an election.Both Carroll and McCann did not sign the register as either, instead recording themselves as ‘socialist’.The 32-county People Before Profit is against partition but Carroll says it does not let the issue define them as a party:“We’re against partition because we believe it divides workers north and south, we’re against division and we’re against borders.” Share Tweet Email Source: Twitter/GerryCarollPBPPBP ran its first candidate in the Northern Ireland Assembly elections ten years ago and has grown its base on issues that echo their colleagues in the Republic.Namely, the anti-water charge movement, opposition to austerity and the support of neutrality and Palestine.Carroll was first elected to Belfast City Council in 2014 and two years later gained an Assembly seat after topping the poll in the Sinn Féin dominated six-seater in Belfast West.Veteran socialist campaigner Eamonn McCann was also elected for the party in Derry after taking the last seat in the Foyle constituency. People’s lives weren’t getting any better, they were getting materially worse. They’re waiting longer to get operations on the NHS, they’re waiting longer on trolleys, their schools are underfunded, teachers nurses are competing for a decent wage. 12,546 Views For us, fundamentally the main divide in society is class, so if you’re a working-class Protestant on the Shankill or a working-class Catholic on the Falls Road, or you’re a migrant living in Belfast, you know you’re not the one availing of the RHI scheme.BrexitPeople Before Profit supported the Leave side in the EU referendum and it’s pro-Brexit stance led to criticism from Sinn Féin among others.Carroll questioned the need for the referendum, saying that it was a power struggle within the Conservative Party that went too far. Once it was called though, the party had a decision to make.“We made a decision to say that the EU does not operate in the interests of working people anywhere, and the strongest example of that is Greece,” he says, adding that the priority now is to make sure Brexit works for working people.“What we need is a Brexit that is not shaped by Theresa May, we need one that is shaped by working class people in Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. And one that is shaped by the trade union movement. ”Read: Poll support for left-wing parties ‘shows the huge impatience for Repeal referendum’ >Read: People aren’t happy about a proposed change to this Dublin Bus route > Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Rónán Duffy Sunday 5 Feb 2017, 7:00 AM Gerry Carroll says People Before Profit is happy an election has been called so the electorate can have their say on the ‘cash for ash’ scandal. Source: David Young/PA WirSINN FÉIN USED to trumpet it as one of their unique selling points, while Fianna Fáil regularly threatened to do it without following through, but another party has managed to get a political foothold on both sides of the border.People Before Profit (PBP) secured their first two Stormont seats in May of last year and in next month’s election it will run seven candidates.In different ways on either side of the border, the party’s growth represents a movement away from tribalism towards a more common left-right divide.While this has been gradual, Northern Ireland’s  ‘cash for ash’ scandal and other recent controversies have hastened this process, so says People Before Profit MLA Gerry Carroll.He argues that there’s a growing anger and distrust about the governance of the six counties.“The way the general public sees Stormont is more of a racket than an Assembly. That’s been kinda bubbling for a while,” Carroll argues. Source: eamonn mccann/Twitter Part of the crowd at @pb4p organised rally in Derry today. Open the borders! Let them in, migrants are wecome! pic.twitter.com/6ZIuupXdDy— eamonn mccann (@eamonderry) September 3, 2015 125 Comments The 32-county People Before Profit and why it’s anti-austerity and pro-Brexit The party has two representatives in Stormont. https://jrnl.ie/3221610 last_img read more

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The City of Yarra is considering shaming smokers into refraining from lighting up, in a new campaign to curb smoking in public areas. Instead of banning smoking in alfresco dining precincts, the City of Yarra is looking at a campaign that considers calling on smokers to be more considerate of the majority of the community. Still in its consideration phase, the campaign would involve a community regulation where it will become the norm for smokers to move away from non-smokers especially in areas where people congregate to eat or drink. The Yarra Council has undergone a six-month community consultation, which revealed strong support for a smoking ban at playgrounds, although opinions are still divided over whether it should extend to outdoor dining areas. The council’s proposal says support from businesses is important to the success of teh campaign in areas where smoking is not prohibited. Several councils have introduced smoking bans in children’s playground and other public spaces, but so far only Baw Baw Shire has completely banned smoking in alfresco areas. The City of Monash has put forward various moves towards making the council a ‘smoke-free zone’, which includes banning smoking in the alfresco dining area in Oakleigh’s Eaton Mall.last_img read more

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — David A. Sarich, age 66, of Wilmington, passed away on May 2nd, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of Carmel J. (Bredin) Sarich of Wilmington, loving father of Mary Teresa Carter & her husband William of Boston and Carolyn Sarich of Portland, ME, grandfather of Josephine Carter, dear son of the late Rudolph and Mary Sarich, step-son of the late Ann Sarich, dear brother of Nancy Varmette & her husband Leonard of TX, step-brother of Robert Galiano and Pattiann McDaniels of New Jersey, uncle of Kristen & her husband Michael Sharples, nephew of Christian & Margaret Sarych of Ohio. David is also survived by his sister-in-law Mary Bredin of Quincy as well as many friends.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62) Wilmington, for a funeral on Monday, May 7th, at 9:00 a.m., followed by a funeral mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, at 10:00 a.m. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, May 6th, from 4-6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in David’s name can be made to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, PO Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220-3049 or to the Annual Appeal, The Trustees of Reservations, 200 High Street, 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02110.(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: William J. “Bill” Wolfe, 75In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Paul L. D’Eon, 83In “Obituaries”last_img read more

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first_imgThe World Bank logoBangladesh is among the top five fastest growing economies in the world, the World Bank has said.The report titled ‘The Bangladesh Development Update April 2019: Towards Regulatory Predictability’, published Thursday, said this growth, despite of insufficient private sector investment, has been attributed to stable macro and export-oriented industry-led growth.”Overall, the economy is moving forward, growing at a decent pace by Bangladesh’s own historical as well as international standards. Growth on the supply side in FY17 was driven by services and industry which accounted for 3.4 percentage point out of the officially estimated 7.3 percent GDP growth,” it said in the report.Bangladesh needs a revamped national accounts system, it advised adding, “Even if a revamped system lowers GDP growth from 7.3 percent to say 6.8 percent or even 6 percent in the last two years, Bangladesh will still be among the fastest growing countries in the world.”Despite many flaws, it is performing decently in a lackluster world economy. Incomes are certainly increasing, though not as rapidly as one would infer from official growth statistics, it added.The report revealed the growth was caused by manufacturing, construction and a bumper crop harvest, coupled with private consumption, remittance and rural income growth.The report added that regulatory predictability will drive the growth further up.”Domestic demand growth appears to have been the driving force with private consumption contributing 4.7 percentage points and investment contributing 3.25 percentage points. Weak exports and strong imports dragged growth in FY17. Private investment stagnated as a percentage of GDP,” it said.The industries sector grew at double digit (10.2 percent) in FY17 with significant contribution from the 11 Percent growth in large and medium scale manufacturing industries, it said in the report.”Services had a better year with growth rising from 6.25 percent in FY16 to 6.7 percent in FY17. Services growth was driven by wholesale and retail trade, transport and hotel and restaurants. Export of services grew by 10.8 percent in nominal dollars in FY17, compared with a 2.6 percent decline in FY16. Service export growth increased to 14.1 percent in the first half of FY18, compared to the same period a year earlier,” it added.Remittance flow recovered impressively, growing 16.5 percent in the first eight months of FY18, following successive declines in two previous years, it said.last_img read more

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first_img Share Aaron Bernstein/Getty ImagesTrump administration Cabinet secretaries attend ceremonies for late evangelist Billy Graham at the U.S. Capitol on Feb. 28. At least nine current and former members of the Cabinet face accusations of abusing their office.One regular part of White House press briefings these days is the update on corruption allegations in Trump’s Cabinet.Most recently, the questions have focused on Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, who piggybacked a minivacation on taxpayer-paid travel to two conferences in Europe, and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, a gifted brain surgeon in trouble for ordering custom-made chairs, dining table and hutch for his office. They cost $31,000.“On Secretary Carson, the order that you referenced was canceled, and they’re looking for another option that’s much more responsible with taxpayer dollars,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told a reporter at the briefing Friday, offering a halfhearted defense of Carson.At least seven current and former officials in Trump’s 24-member Cabinet have faced accusations of abusing the perks of their office.Tom Price, the former head of the Department of Health and Human Services, lost his job after it was revealed that he took charter flights costing nearly half a million dollars.“I was disappointed, because I didn’t like it, cosmetically or otherwise,” Trump told reporters last September, the day the firing was announced.But ethics problems like this actually aren’t so rare.“I happen to have a list of administrative scandals going back to Harry Truman, and I can tell you this is really not new,” Elizabeth Sanders, a political scientist at Cornell University (and no relation to the press secretary) said in an interview with NPR.“Is Trump worse than others?” she asked. “I think he’s different, because the scandals are more related to the incompetence and venality, one might say, of people that he brought in.”Cohort of outsidersSanders cited Ronald Reagan, who, like Trump, brought in a cohort of outsiders to shrink government. But after a few scandals like those happening now, Reagan changed his approach to hiring, she said. “He appointed people who were not only competent but who had experience and who didn’t have personal interest in conflict with the agencies they were heading.”One common thread of these current scandals is a sense of privilege.Federal officials are supposed to fly coach whenever possible — not first class and certainly not charter. They’re not allowed to bill the government for pleasure trips, as Shulkin tried to do. He has made some repayments.HHS said Price’s charter flights were needed because of his “demanding schedule,” which included speeches to doctors groups, visits to medical facilities and a stop in Nashville, Tenn., where he met his son for lunch.Price later offered to reimburse the government for the cost of his seat — $51,887 — but not for the overall cost of the flights themselves. He said, “The taxpayers won’t pay a dime for my seat on those planes.”Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke used helicopters to avoid Washington’s notorious traffic. In one case, he took a helicopter to Yorktown, Va., to visit the battlefield, which is maintained by the National Park Service, and then flew back to go horseback riding with Vice President Mike Pence.Blame the staffThis leads to the other common thread: a tendency to blame the staff.When details of Zinke’s travel became public, he told the Heritage Foundation that his charter flights “were only booked after extensive due diligence by the career professionals in the department’s general law and ethics division.”Similarly, Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, said started flying first class after encountering hostility from other coach-class passengers. On CBS’s podcast The Takeout, he said his security officers told him to do it.“I have a responsibility to listen to those individuals that are charged with the obligation to keep me safe and to keep employees at the agency safe,” he said.The day before Tom Price was fired as HHS secretary, he told Fox News all of his trips “had been approved by the legal department, and been approved by the administration department — within HHS.”And the way Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin explained it, his request for a military plane for his European honeymoon actually came from his staff. “They put in a request to consider the use of an aircraft — not so much just for flying, but effectively it was a portable office,” he told Politico.Ethics consultant Susan Liautaud said the cabinet officials might have misjudged the public’s tolerance. She told NPR, “I’m wondering if some of them aren’t a bit surprised by the very strong reaction from the media and the public.”Liautaud said poor ethical conduct is highly contagious within an organization, and added, “The more dangerous part is that not only does unethical behavior spread, but it mutates into other forms of unethical behavior.”She said what starts out as a simple transgression can lead to doctoring emails, or lying to investigators, or threatening whistleblowers — all hallmarks of the travel and spending cases now under scrutiny.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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first_imgSVF, eastern India’s largest movie production house, launched the trailer of their upcoming movie Amazon Obhijaan – the most expensive film ever produced in Bengali language. Launching the trailer in multiple languages, namely – Bengali, Hindi, Oriya, Assamese, Tamil and Telugu, SVF has achieved yet another industry first with Amazon Obhijaan set to become the only Bengali movie to be released in six languages.After unveiling the biggest movie poster for a Bengali film and becoming the first production house to make the story board public before the movie release, SVF has left no stone unturned to promote its mega production Amazon Obhijaan, releasing on December 22. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMahendra Soni, Co-Founder and Director – SVF, said, “This is probably the first time in Indian film history that any movie trailer is being released simultaneously in six languages, and this is another step in our efforts to take Bengali cinema to newer heights, and reach a wider audience.” The two minute trailer showcases the eternal saga of an explorer’s quest for adventure. Two years after Marco Florian, an Italian adventurer fails in his mission, his daughter Anna approaches the Bengali explorer Shankar Choudhury, requesting him to join for an expedition. Shankar readily accepts Anna’s request and from there on, an enthralling yet long and arduous journey to the heart of Amazon, to discover the hidden city of gold, El Dorado begins.last_img read more

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first_imgIt is very important to keep your four-legged friends warm when the mercury dips as they can fall ill. Keep their bedding dry and stimulate fur growth to keep them warm during the harsh winter season, say experts. Experts have suggested tips on how to keep your pets warm this winter: -Dry bedding: No one likes a cold floor. A small bed and pillow or blanket should be all what a pet needs to keep warm during cold winter nights. Give them options as well. They may prefer to switch sleeping spots to be warmer or cooler depending on the indoor temperature. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf-Clothing: Use pet clothing options. Puppies are less cold tolerant because they have less muscle and fat mass than the adult dogs. Muscle and fat increase their metabolism and keeps them warm. Puppy coats won’t be as thick or long to offer protection. Little pups have less body mass to generate natural heat, too, and often benefit from a doggy sweater especially when they must do outdoor bathroom duty. -Let that fur grow: Let the pups adjust gradually to outdoor chills. That stimulates their fur to grow thicker. Indoor pets won’t be as well equipped to spend time outside, so be aware and bring them back inside after only short trips to the bathroom and back. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive-Protect skin and paws: Checking the paws of your pets in frequent intervals for any signs of cold-weather injury or damage like cracked paw pads or bleeding is very important. These injury can cause immense pain and your pets will be unable to walk. -Try understanding problems: Try understanding what the problem is if your pet is behaving unusual. If the pet is shivering, whining, seems week or starts looking for warm places to burrow, get them back inside quickly because they are showing signs of hypothermia. If you suspect your pet has hypothermia or any other worry, consult your veterinarian. -Avoid giving cold water or food: This is an important practice. Only give room water and warm food to your pets. Cold water and food during the harsh winter can make them fall sick and catch a cold.last_img read more

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first_imgDecember 12, 2013 The world can be a pretty dirty place. Civilizations have struggled for centuries to combat dirt and germs. Now, a new technology aims to help clean up the world — literally.One of the most important things to keeping people healthy is sterilization: medical equipment needs to be clean and human waste needs to be dealt with in order to keep disease at bay. In the developed world, that’s relatively easy to accomplish. But what about places where access to electricity and other infrastructure is far from guaranteed?Researchers at Houston-based Rice University, funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, have developed an innovative system to do just that, using only the power of the sun itself and some hardworking nanoparticles. Their steam-powered autoclave uses light-absorbing nanoparticles to convert solar energy directly into steam. The nanoparticles heat up so quickly that the surrounding water instantly vaporizes.The system generates enough heat and pressure to kill even the most heat-resistant living microbes, spores and viruses.”Sanitation technology isn’t glamorous but it’s a matter of life and death for 2.5 billion people,” Naomi Halas, the director of Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP) and lead researcher on the project, said on Gizmag.com. “For this to really work, you need a technology that can be completely off-grid, that’s not that large, that functions relatively quickly, is easy to handle and doesn’t have dangerous components. Our Solar Steam system has all of that, and it’s the only technology we’ve seen that can completely sterilize waste.”The Solar Steam system can handle the waste of a family of four with just two treatments per week. It is so efficient, the creators say, that it even works with ice-cold water, and generates an overall energy efficiency of 24 percent — higher even than commercial photovoltaic solar panels which can only boast around 15 percent efficiency.This technology has other potential applications besides sterilization. With an efficiency rating that high, the system has exciting potential applications in electricity generation. Despite potential commercial opportunities, though, the researchers chose to focus on sterilization applications for the developing world. The team hopes to join forces with a waste treatment company called Sanivation to conduct field tests of the system in Kenya.Check out how the system works in the video below:What crazy apps and gadgets have you come across lately? Let us know by emailing us at FarOutTech@entrepreneur.com or by telling us in the comments below. Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 3 min readlast_img read more

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first_imgWhy you should always read Microsoft’s English update notes by Martin Brinkmann on May 17, 2018 in Microsoft – Last Update: May 18, 2018 – 10 commentsMicrosoft publishes update notes, support articles, and other information in English and in other languages. The main language for all content is English but content may also get translated into other languages to inform users who don’t understand English or prefer information in their native language.Articles may be translated by humans or machine-translated. While some information may be lost in translation, it is sufficient usually to understand the content.Users and administrators who read localized support pages may want to change the behavior, however, as they may miss out on information that only the English version provides.One example: The German support page for KB4103718, the monthly rollup update for the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 operating system for May 2018, lists just one known issue. It highlights that a stop error may occur on systems after installing the update if SIMD or SSE2 are not supported.A stop error occurs on computers that don’t support Streaming Single Instructions Multiple Data (SIMD) Extensions 2 (SSE2).If you check the English version of the very same support article, you will notice that it lists a second issue under known issues that the German version does not inform users and admins about. It highlights the network connectivity issues that some users noticed on Windows 7 systems after installing the update.Microsoft is aware that some customers have reported that network drivers are intentionally uninstalled, then fail to reinstall after applying the May 8, 2018 update. This can result in the loss of network connectivity.Microsoft publishes update dates on support pages; the English page was last updated on May 12, 2018, the German page on May 10, 2018. It appears that Microsoft forgot to add the update to the German page. A quick check revealed that the page was updated for other versions of English, e.g. UK and Canada, but not for non-English languages such as French or Spanish.In other words: while you may access support pages in any language, you may want to check the English support page as well if you did not access the English version of the page originally.I cannot say how widespread the issue is; it appears limited to updates that are published after the original page gets published by Microsoft. One possible explanation for the discrepancy is that it takes time to translate the text before it gets published on the non-English versions of a page.You can switch between different locales on Microsoft’s Support website by scrolling all the way down to the end of the page. There you find listed the current locale the page is displayed in. A list of all supported languages is displayed when you click on the locale. You may change the language part of the URL directly as well, for instance by using en-us instead of another locale to display the U.S. English version of the support page.Now You: What’s your take on this?SummaryArticle NameWhy you should always read Microsoft’s English update notesDescriptionUsers and administrators who read localized support pages on the Microsoft website may want to change the behavior, however, as they may miss out on information that only the English version provides.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Mrs Anna Fouché celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends over the weekend.She had a busy day on Friday being congratulated by visitors who popped in. Democratic Alliance (DA) party members Alf Lees MP, Mike Suddaby and Sharon Buys arrived on Friday morning with a cake baked by Klipriver Bakery. Later in the day, children from Egerton Aftercare all came along and sang “Happy Birthday” to her.On Saturday, Mrs Fouché, along with her family and close friends, celebrated her birthday at Hunter’s Lodge.It was a very special day, as both her daughters, all of her grandchildren and the majority of her great grandchildren attended the celebratory luncheon. The family would like to thank Hunter’s Lodge and staff for everything they did in ensuring that it was a wonderful occasion.Mrs Fouché is truly a remarkable woman and is wished good health, lots of love and happiness in the coming years. DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there?last_img read more

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first_imgCebu Pacific has announced that it no longer accepts carriage of shark fin and has brought in the ban across all of its operations.The ban also covers corporate events and meals hosted by the airline.CEB vice president for corporate affairs, Atty. Jorenz Tanada said that Cebu has worked closely with the WWF on the ban.“Cebu Pacific values biodiversity and marine life sustainability. We are banning shark fin carriage effective immediately as we learned that unsustainable shark fishing and our carriage of shark fin is not aligned with CEB’s position on sustainable development,” Mr Jorenz Tanada said.“We have been working closely with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in our efforts to address some of the most pressing environmental concerns including climate change and marine life preservation.”The WWF estimates that 73 million sharks are butchered every year for their fins and flesh and says that the ban will help boost the productivity of oceans because sharks are at the top of the food chain.Cebu’s websites also allows customers to offset their carbon emissions by offering a small donation.Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img read more