first_imgGraves Island Provincial Park will remain open until Thanksgiving weekend instead of its original closing date of Sept. 7. The park’s camping season is being extended because of new campsites and park improvements completed this year. “We are pleased to be able offer something new for campers who enjoy spending time at Graves Island,” said Natural Resources Minister John MacDonell. “These improvements have come as a result of government’s long-term commitment to the park and input from local residents and park visitors.” Long a popular destination park, the new campsites offer excellent ocean views previously unavailable. Visitors can choose specific campsites through the reservation system online or by phone at 1-888-544-3434, between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. Opening and closing dates for provincial camping parks vary. For more information on redevelopment of Graves Island Provincial Park, go to www.novascotiaparks.ca/parks/gravesisland.asp .last_img read more

first_img Wadih Fares, CEO, WM Fares Group Jill Grant, PhD, professor, School of Planning, Dalhousie University Norma Boyd, director of operations, New Dawn Enterprises Paul Pettipas, chief executive officer, Nova Scotia Home Builders Association Don Spicer, executive director, Shelter Nova Scotia Floyd Benjamin, tenant representative Suzy Hansen, tenant representative Kevin Malloy, CEO, Housing Nova Scotia, committee chair “Creating the advisory committee really demonstrates government’s commitment to allow a new, more participatory and collaborative relationship with tenants, partners and communities,” said Ms. Hansen. “I’m delighted they are giving citizens a voice on housing issues that are important to us.” “One of the key issues we face is a declining availability of affordable housing on the peninsula and in many other communities,” said Ms. Grant. “I am pleased to be part of this advisory committee and look forward to helping Housing Nova Scotia develop its plan to work with municipalities on policies to enable affordable housing, and with non-profit groups to maintain their housing.” The committee will help Housing Nova Scotia develop its strategic plan, fulfill its housing strategy commitments, develop criteria to create a permanent advisory board, advise the minister and senior Housing Nova Scotia staff on housing issues, identify emerging trends, act as a liaison between government and their sectors or tenants, and identify priorities. “I look forward to working with the advisory committee and our various partners and stakeholders,” said Mr. Malloy. “For Housing Nova Scotia to be successful, we must work with the community, partners and stakeholders. This board will ensure we have stakeholder input as we implement the housing strategy.” The mission of Housing Nova Scotia is to help Nova Scotians find a home that is right for them, at a price they can afford, in a healthy, vibrant community that offers the services, supports and opportunities they need. Since being renamed with a new mandate on Aug. 30, 2013, Housing Nova Scotia has: appointed a CEO started the Bloomfield development, a visionary residential community in the north end of Halifax announced a plan to invest $4-million to repair and upgrade social housing begun working on a multi-year strategy started working on a plan to better support co-op housing On the one-year anniversary of the release of Nova Scotia’s first housing strategy, government today, May 6, announced an interim advisory committee for Housing Nova Scotia. “This is a crucial step for Housing Nova Scotia as it becomes more strategic and effective to better help Nova Scotians find a home that is affordable,” said Joanne Bernard, Minister of Community Services, which is responsible for Housing Nova Scotia. “As we transform our approach to housing in Nova Scotia, this advisory committee will guide us.” Committee members were selected to represent four non-government groups: Housing Nova Scotia clients; private development; non-profit housing; and academics and research. The committee members are: For more information on Housing Nova Scotia, visit www.housingns.ca .last_img read more

first_imgConventional economic theory talks of four stages of the business cycle in an economy – expansion, peak, contraction, and trough. Judging by the mood meter of ordinary people, expansion makes us ambitious, peak turns it into over-ambition, contraction sends us to hope that this is just an aberration and when the trough is reached, the sentiment is only of despondency. The four different moods impact the decision-makers as well. In the expansion phase, investment is rushed through, when at peak the same is expedited since hopes are eternal and peaks are often missed till the slide makes one realise it. The desperate effort to recover the loss sets in a long trail of losses and slides with mounting despondency everywhere. The link in this chain of mood swings is the flow of money. Also Read – A special kind of bondIn the phase of expansion, purse strings are always loose. Lenders are ever-willing to fund and earn extra from liquidity flowing in. In short, if one wants to gauge in what state an economy is – boom or bust – one should just ascertain if money flow is easy or tight and the degree of the same. Therefore, in order to understand the health of the Indian economy now, a cursory look at the flow of money will be in order. Without much debate, one can safely conclude that money is scarce in the system. The signs are there in falling car sales, unfinished real estates and piling up of stocks of high-value consumer durables. Summer sales this year lasted well beyond summer months and continued even when rains covered the whole of India. Clearly, consumers are reluctant to spend. But why blame consumers, even banks are reluctant to lend when their business depends on lending. When money is stuck, either with consumers or their accounts in banks, how will the economic cycle move? Money is, after all, the lubricant for all economic activity. Also Read – Insider threat managementLook at the history of the economic evolution of mankind. When Marco Polo travelled along the Silk Road to the royal court of Kublai Khan, the transaction was completed in years. In today’s world, the time taken for one transaction in 1275 B.C. would have been enough for a couple of boom-bust economic cycles. Speed of transaction is a critical factor behind the modern economy. Faster the transactions, faster money changes hands and higher is the growth rate. This does not need any great understanding of economics from a branded institute but is common knowledge. Applying this grandfather’s wisdom, if we look at the Indian economy today we will know where the ailments are and how the same can be cured. India’s small scale sector which supplies to medium and large corporates are facing a liquidity crunch. Usual wisdom in tea shops (hukka-paani gyan) is that this is due to demonetisation and introduction of GST. In other words, a semi-feudalist economy which encouraged rent-seekers to thrive did not deserve the jolt that has taken away the elixir of growth – additional cash “income”. This saw real estate business coming to a standstill, car sales to nosedive and drastically cut-down conspicuous consumption thereby affecting the demand side of the economy. This is not the only problem with the government’s attempt to introduce a rule-based economic system in a rent-seeking semi-feudal democratic country. The emphasis on rules has deprived many, bankers for instance, of their freedom to extend funds to the deserving. Earlier it was easy to identify the deserving. The more one was willing to palm off as speed money, the more pressing was the need, and decision takers could confidently help to bankroll such enterprises. This helped the enterprise to raise money and the decision taker to indulge in consumption, a win-win situation for economic growth. In the post-2008 global crisis, such incentives to assist the Indian economy increased due to the then government’s policy of maintaining Indian economic growth. We all go by growth, and whether such growth results in eventual collapse or not, cannot be of immediate concern. In any case, such faults come to notice later when the ruling dispensation might change. In a democracy, all governments focus on the immediate gains during their tenure. An “easy money easy rules” regime encourages setting up several roadblocks in paying dues to suppliers. In the form of system and procedures, large corporates, the government-owned ones, in particular, delay payments. This helps the officials looking after purchase decisions to earn some extra. In the process, the small scale sector suffers the most. The aberration can continue unchecked since the measurement of efficiency in the purchasing department varies directly with delayed payments. Such delayed payments are effectively ‘undocumented’ credit facility enjoyed by the corporate. A back-of-the-envelope calculation of dues from the state-owned enterprises to small supplies and SME sector will be more than three trillion rupees. Coming back to the issue of money flow which boosts economic activity, therefore growth, such delay in payment squeezes out liquidity from the system and thus hurts economic growth. It makes no economic sense to pump in the equivalent liquidity into the system when the corporate payment culture encourages withholding funds from the economic flow. Delayed payment, deep-rooted corruption and absence of accountability on the part of decision takers including funding agencies lead to an economy which tends to suck long-term growth out of the system. The rent-seeking system works on its own logic. Turn the tap of rent-paying off and introduce checks and balances, the activity comes to a grinding halt. India’s present growth predicament has come from the corrective measures initiated by the government of the day. But the job cannot be left half done by reversing the clock. Narendra Modi government in its second term is facing the maladies that had been running untreated for so many decades. The government has diagnosed the ailment correctly, only the economy has caught a new virus of slow growth as a result. How the virus can be cured, and how soon, are the two critical issues. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

first_imgCALGARY – The people managing Calgary’s possible 2026 Winter Games bid are expected to be announced within days, but the search for a chief executive officer is taking longer.The chair of Calgary 2026 said Monday three-quarters of the 21-member board of directors has been filled.“I’m spending a lot of time right now trying to get to the right CEO,” Scott Hutcheson said Monday. “We’ve had many interviews to date and we’re working hard on that.”Calgary 2026 is the bid corporation established earlier this month now taking over the work of analyzing and building a potential pitch for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Games.The legacy of the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary provides the foundation for another bid, but city council has reserved the right to withdraw from the 2026 bid process at any time.An initial estimate on the price tag of hosting the 2026 Winter Games was $4.6 billion, but that figure is under review. The 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver and Whistler, B.C., cost $7.7 billion.Council heard Monday that even though the deadline to submit a 120-page bid book to the International Olympic Committee is January 2019, it must be completed by Dec. 18, 2018 to allow time for publication and translation.A draft of the bid book’s content would need to be done by Aug. 17.“I think we’ll hit the timelines,” Hutcheson said. “That work has been transferred over to Calgary 2026.“We’ll hit the timelines that have been provided in the schedules, but it’s a lot of work and it’s got to be done fast.”The CEO of Calgary 2026 will be the primary strategist on a bid, when that person is hired. Hutcheson says 15 or 16 board members will be announced later this week.The board will have representation from the city, provincial and federal governments, Town of Canmore, Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee and Indigenous communities, with at-large members the last to be appointed.“I’d like to do an inventory of skills, which we intend to embark on tomorrow,” Hutcheson said.“Once we understand what skills we’re missing or what gender diversification we’re missing from the appointments, we have the option of adding three more members to the board and that will give me a good sense of where we want to go with that.”Hutcheson recently returned from meetings with the IOC in Lausanne, Switzerland, and said IOC executives will be in Calgary on Tuesday to consult with the bid corporation.“These are a group of people I want to work with,” Hutcheson said. “We talk about the same value systems, we talk about sustainability, we talk about credibility, we talk about the youth movement, the spirit of the Olympics and we’re all on the same page.“I think we’ve been credible in our past with the history of having two good Winter Games. They see we have work to do to get the best games bid forward and they’re trying to help us do that.”The city and provincial and federal governments are splitting the cost of the bid corporation’s work estimated at $30 million.As a condition of its funding, the province wants Calgary to hold a plebiscite gauging the public’s interest in hosting a second Winter Games. The plebiscite is expected to be held in November.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — The United Nations is pushing back against restrictions Canada wants to put on the use of a military transport plane it promised to deploy in Africa.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau first announced in November 2017 that Canada would send a C-130 Hercules to Uganda as part of a larger package of pledges to the UN.However, the plan has run into numerous snags as Canadian, Ugandan and UN officials have wrangled for more than a year over the details.One UN official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of diplomatic sensitivities, says Canada recently provided a list of conditions about where and when the plane can be used, including that the plane could only be used in daylight.The UN says the restrictions are too broad and won’t meet the organization’s needs.Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan’s spokesman Todd Lane says Canada and the UN are continuing to talk about how to fulfil the government’s promise to provide the aircraft.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsPhoenix Sinclair inquiry resumes with a social worker’s testimony.Kerri-Lynn Greeley was tasked with ensuring Samantha Kematch and Steven Sinclair met the conditions of the three month temporary order they signed which placed Phoenix in care.The conditions they had follow included taking parenting courses and having supervised visits with Phoenix.Although Greeley did say she wasn’t always in attendance for the full visit, she would be there for the beginning, the end and sometimes “pop in” for the middle.last_img

first_imgBatanagar: Coming down heavily on BJP, Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee said the party needs communal riots, fake patriotism and constant lies for survival. He was addressing a rally here on Sunday afternoon.Banerjee said the saffron party has tried to create confusion throughout the country by circulating lies. “BJP gives false data and figures to create confusion among people. But their leaders have understood that they cannot confuse people in Bengal by spreading lies. They are scared of Mamata Banerjee because she raises her voice against the BJP for telling lies constantly,” he said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHe said that after failing to counter him politically, BJP has tried to harass him on one pretext or the other. “But they have failed because I have protested against their attempts to malign me,” he said. In the history of India, no political party has spread hate politics more violently than the BJP, Banerjee said. “They try to weaken the society by dividing people and by spreading hate politics. They incite one group against the other for their gain. We should work together to oust them in the ensuing election,” he added. Addressing party workers, he said: “We are grateful to Mamata Banerjee for she has given us the opportunity to work for the people. We can express our gratitude by working for the people tirelessly.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayHe said more development will be carried out in Diamond Harbour and it will be upgraded into an important tourist centre. “In terms of expenditure of MPLAD funds, Diamond Harbour constituency stands first and it will maintain this trend in future also,” he added. Banerjee said he will stay in Diamond Harbour from May 11 to 17 and will visit every booth in the area. “We will have to work in a united way to oust BJP from power,” he told party workers and leaders.last_img read more

LONDON — President Donald Trump will turn from pageantry to policy Tuesday as he joins British Prime Minister Theresa May for a day of talks likely to highlight fresh uncertainty in the allies’ storied relationship.Trump and May are due to meet with corporate executives from the United States and United Kingdom, before an afternoon news conference on the second day of Trump’s state visit. The leaders’ top priority is a possible bilateral trade deal to take effect once the U.K. leaves the European Union.“Big Trade Deal is possible once U.K. gets rid of the shackles. Already starting to talk,” Trump tweeted Monday, as he launched his visit with a day of royal pomp and circumstance. He and first lady Melania Trump paid a visit to Buckingham Palace, where Queen Elizabeth II greeted them with a smile. The evening ended with a lavish state dinner.Britain is scheduled to leave the EU on Oct. 31 unless both sides agree to an extension. Its position is in flux because May is stepping down as party leader Friday, setting in motion a race to succeed her as prime minister.It is traditional for U.S. and other world leaders not weigh in on another’s domestic politics. But Trump hasn’t let that stop him. Trump told the Sunday Times in an interview that Britain should “walk away” from talks and refuse to pay a 39 billion-pound ($49 billion) divorce bill if it doesn’t get better terms from the EU.The president also says Brexit party leader Nigel Farage, an outspoken advocate of leaving the EU without a deal, should be given a role in the negotiations.Trump has also taken the unusual step of saying that Conservative Party leadership candidate Boris Johnson would make an “excellent” leader for the U.K.The meeting with business leaders at St. James’ Palace will bring together 10 leading companies — five from the UK and five from the United States. They’ll explore where co-operation could benefit both sides.CEOs and senior representatives from BAE Systems, GlaxoSmithKline, National Grid, Barclays, Reckitt Benckiser, JP Morgan, Lockheed Martin, Goldman Sachs International, Bechtel and Splunk are expected to attend.As often happens when Trump travels overseas, norms were shattered, including when the president complained about his television viewing options in the foreign capital and urged people to punish CNN by boycotting its parent company, AT&T.Following Tuesday’s focus on business and trade, Trump will use the next two days to mark the 75th anniversary of the June 6, 1944, D-Day landing, likely the last significant commemoration most veterans of the battle will see. The events will begin in Portsmouth, England, where the invasion was launched, and then move across the Channel to France, where Allied forces began to recapture Western Europe from the Nazis.___AP writers Gregory Katz and Jill Lawless in London and Darlene Superville in Washington contributed to this report.___Follow Lemire on Twitter at http://twitter.com/@JonLemire and Freking at http://twitter.com/@APkfrekingKevin Freking And Jonathan Lemire, The Associated Press read more

Ottawa says it is reviewing whether credit unions should be allowed to use the terms “banks,” “banker” and “banking” after the federal regulator that oversees financial institutions ordered them not to.In late June, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) issued an advisory prohibiting credit unions from using the terminology to describe their services.The Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA) called the move unfair, saying it would make it difficult for credit unions to compete fairly with banks.The Finance Department said Friday it is seeking views on whether credit unions should be allowed to use “banking” and similar language when describing their services while still avoiding marketplace confusion and protecting consumers.The announcement came as the department launched the second stage of consultations on a broader review of the financial sector, which started last August.CCUA president Martha Durdin applauded the announcement, saying credit unions need to speak to the customers they serve in a way they can understand.OFSI issued a statement saying it is suspending its order that credit unions remove any banking references from their websites by the end of the year, from print materials by June 30, 2018, and from signage by June 30, 2019.The deadline to submit comment is Sept. 29. read more

CHICAGO — NBA franchises fail all the time in trying to construct a team. On Thursday, the Bulls illustrated that it’s possible to botch the dismantling of one.Anyone who watched the Bulls over the past two years could see that this team — whether it managed to sneak into the playoffs or not — was on a treadmill of mediocrity. And that was the case despite having an All-NBA talent like swingman Jimmy Butler. The reset button needed to be hit.That happened Thursday when the team traded Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the No. 7 draft pick, Lauri Markkanen. Without context, acquiring young players like LaVine (who averaged 19 points a game last season), Dunn (the highly sought-after No. 5 pick from last June) and 7-foot sharpshooter Markkanen would be a decent return for a player of Butler’s caliber. But, like always, the devil is in the details here. LaVine missed the final 32 games of the season after tearing his ACL — an injury the Bulls are all too familiar with — while Dunn had an incredibly rough rookie season, one in which he not only posted the lowest true-shooting percentage among first-year players, but the worst true-shooting mark of any player, period.1Of players who logged at least 1,000 minutes last season.And while it’s too soon to truly criticize anything about the Markkanen acquisition, it was shocking that Chicago felt the need to send its No. 16 pick2One it ended up using on Justin Patton, to send to Minnesota. to the Wolves to complete this trade, given how much better Butler was than everyone else involved. The Bulls shouldn’t have needed to send anything else to sweeten the deal.3Curiously, Chicago has a bit of a bad habit of sending along picks in situations where it shouldn’t have to. For instance, consider the Bulls’ trade-deadline deal in which they unloaded Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott, the two best players in that transaction, yet found themselves giving up a second-round pick to complete the swap. Yet the team says this was the best offer they had for Butler, by far, and that the move gave Chicago an opportunity to move from the center of the totem pole all the way near the bottom, where it will be easier to build through the draft in the future.“Jimmy has improved as an individual maybe as much as any guy we’ve been around,” said Bulls Executive Vice President John Paxson of Butler, who went from averaging 2.6 points as a rookie to nearly 24 points in his sixth year. “Minnesota is obviously getting a heck of a player. He’s going to be missed. But with that said, what we’ve done is set a direction. We’ve gone to the playoffs, but not at a level that we’ve wanted to. And in this league, success is not determined that way. And we’ve decided to make the change and rebuild this roster.”VIDEO: Breaking down the Butler trade The rebuild is already off to an odd start, though. Beyond LaVine’s injury risk, the Bulls are also getting him at a time when the 22-year-old is on the cusp of landing what figures to be a big payday. (In fact, they’ll be forced to hammer out an extension this summer — perhaps well north of $20 million a year, without seeing him play meaningful basketball since the injury — or else risk another team throwing a bigger offer at him as a restricted free agent and forcing Chicago to match.) There’s a decent chance his next deal briefly outpaces Butler’s annual salary of almost $19 million, one of the best bargains in the NBA, since Butler is locked in until at least 2019.In other words: The rebuild will require the Bulls to shell out considerable salary to a young player who hasn’t proven to be a sure thing yet. And with Dunn, one of the older rookies in last year’s draft, they’ll be hoping that last season was just an aberration for him.Part of what makes the swap so disappointing for the Bulls is the fact that they were engaged in draft-day conversations about the same players last year, before talks eventually broke off. The Bulls have more information now — that LaVine showed vast improvement on offense before tearing his ACL, that Dunn’s college success probably won’t translate right away, and that Butler is truly an elite, All-NBA talent — yet the Bulls pulled the trigger on a package that should be even less attractive to them now than it was then.From Minnesota’s vantage point, it’s easy to imagine how Butler can immediately come in and change things for the youthful Timberwolves, who were a great first-half team but blew more double-digit leads in second halves than any other team in the NBA. The 27-year-old was fantastic when it counted this past season, posting a 44.5 player-efficiency rating in clutch scenarios,4Meaning moments when a game is within 5 points during the final five minutes of of action. second-best in the NBA behind only Russell Westbrook, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group. His presence also boosts a defense that was fifth-worst in the league last season, in part because Andrew Wiggins still really struggles on that end, even though he has wingspan and athleticism of a stopper. It wouldn’t be surprising to hear some put Minnesota on a short list of clubs that could potentially beat Golden State a couple of years from now if they continue to build out that roster.There are a handful of things that figure to work out nicely for the Bulls as a result of this trade, too. LaVine showed considerable improvement as a shooter last season, something Chicago can use given the team’s abysmal numbers from outside. And his ability to get up and down the floor should allow coach Fred Hoiberg play the uptempo style he’s wanted to use since joining the Bulls more than two years ago. (This becomes even more true if Dwyane Wade, who recently told the team that he was opting into the last year of his deal for $24 million, decides it’s best to negotiate a buyout with the club.)With Dunn, even if his offense doesn’t improve a ton, the team will at least have a very good, capable defender at the guard spot. The ex-Providence standout is a pest and uses his length to disrupt the passing lanes. He ranked fourth in the NBA with 4.6 deflections per 36 minutes.5Among those who played 1,000 minutes or more this past season.All things considered, though, there’s a reason that the Bulls are getting failing grades for this move. No one is knocking the idea of conceding that a rebuild was necessary. That much was obvious. But given that Butler had more time left on his deal, the team’s hand wasn’t forced to do something this very moment. Chicago easily could’ve waited until the trade deadline to try to sell the swingman off to a desperate contender.Either way, the Bulls should have been able to get more than damaged, or diminished, goods in exchange for their franchise player. read more

first_imgThey’ve been turned down because they’re badly built or in areas where there are high levels of social housing and they don’t want to extend that. Very little of the accommodation is in Dublin, which is where the need is. Allen said that the main problem at the moment is the lack of supply of social housing with almost 100,000 people on the waiting list.“There’s virtually no new supply coming on and from the point of view of the homeless, the majority of them are single so social housing would never be made available to them,” he said.However Allen added that he does not necessarily think NAMA properties are the solution and investment by the State to create suitable housing for people would be preferable.There’s a concern, a strong critique of NAMA, that they see social housing as residual – they try to sell if off and if they can’t, then they see if it can be used for social housing. They would deny that but there is a strong feeling that is the case.Ultimately, Focus Ireland is asking the government to implement policies that will prevent people from becoming homeless  in the firstplace and has called for a start to the process of reform in the forthcoming budget. In its submission to the government last week, the charity said that there mus be action to protect low income households so people on the brink of homelessness do not lose their existing accommodation.Read: NAMA says it will give 2,000 homes for social housing. So far: there’s just 58>Read: New €32 million investment in over 260 social housing units> MIKE ALLEN OF homeless charity Focus Ireland has said that there are concerns about NAMA properties being used for social housing, after a commitment earlier this week that the agency will provide 2,000 homes within the next three years.Speaking to TheJournal.ie today from the Irish Council for Social Housing annual conference in Wexford, Allen said that 4,000 properties have been identified as potential options but many of these are not suitable for social housing for a lot of the same reasons that they can’t be sold.last_img read more

first_imgThe rumor mill is all abuzz over leaks about a smaller, inexpensive iPhone that Apple may be exploring to better compete with other low cost smartphones, especially those which run the Android operating system.The rumor gained new life when the Wall Street Journal released more information about the smaller iPhone, or the iPhone nano as some have affectionately called it. Those new details described a lighter iPhone with an edge-to-edge screen, a virtual keyboard and voice-based navigation. Yet, Cult of Mac may have the leak to top them all about the iPhone nano.According to a source, the iPhone nano will have a cloud-based iOS and use MobileMe to pull content down. What’s the advantage of a cloud-based OS and storage system? The biggest thing is price. The most expensive component of the iPhone is memory. In fact, it makes up 25% of the smartphone’s cost. By streaming content to the phone you can utilize just enough memory to support that function while dropping the rest. A reduction in memory and other components would also allow the size of a smartphone to be smaller which is clearly the second goal Apple has for the iPhone nano.Read more at Cult of MacBrian’s OpinionA cloud-based iOS sounds pretty revolutionary. In fact, it sounds so revolutionary I have a hard time believing it is something that will actually be brought to market. First, if you are a frequent traveller you won’t touch this phone with a ten foot pole. No on-board storage for music, video or photos means you’re not going to access them on a plane unless you want to pay some steep prices for onboard Wi-Fi. Second, considering the fact that carriers are beginning to meter data usage by smartphones I don’t see a smartphone completely dependent on a data connection winning over too many consumers.What I could see is a sort of hybrid solution. Maybe instead of a 16GB or 32GB iPhone the iPhone nano could offer 4GB or even 8GB of storage. This storage could then be supplemented by streaming content courtesy of MobileMe. After all, there are those of us out there that don’t come close to the storage capacity of their smartphones. That would make the hybrid solution I suggest the right one for them.last_img read more

first_imgWashington State University Clark County Extension wants to know if its nutrition curriculum is being put into practice in homes. And WSU is going to pay families who participate in a study to uncover the answer.The Food, Feeding & Your Family study is a collaboration between WSU, Colorado State University and Baylor University. The goal is to determine whether the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program curriculum used to teach families techniques for healthy eating are being retained and put into practice in participants’ daily lives.“We want to know the way we’re teaching is effective and it benefits them,” said Brenda Harrison, nutrition educator for the program at the WSU Clark County Extension. “We want to present it in a way that they understand and are able to put it into practice.”Families will be paid a total of $190 for their participation in the study.Here’s how it’ll work: Participants will take a survey before the program begins, followed by nine weekly lessons covering a variety of topics. After the educational sessions end, participants will take a second survey. Then six months and one year after the classes, participants will take surveys, for a total of four surveys. Participants are paid after completing each of the surveys.The weekly lessons are about one and a half to two hours long and cover a range of dietary topics, such as techniques for making fruits and vegetables half of your plate, how to incorporate whole grains into meals and ways to menu plan to save money on groceries.last_img read more

first_img ADC AUTHOR A recent DOD report outlining climate change threats to U.S. military installations is incomplete and should be revised by April, three Democrats on the House Armed Services Committee said in a letter to the Pentagon.Committee Chair Adam Smith (D-Calif.) and two colleagues said the report did not fulfill the requirements set out in the congressional mandate ordering the study.The study outlined near-term threats of climate change at many installations and painted a dire warning about the dangers that lurked around the middle of the century. But it did not include key information requested by Congress, such as a list of 10 installations from each service that are most vulnerable to climate change and specific mitigation plans, The Hill reported.“It demonstrates a continued unwillingness to seriously recognize and address the threat that climate change poses to our national security and military readiness,” Smith said in a statement.last_img read more

first_imgBebeto Matthews/APFormer President Bill Clinton (left) listens as author James Patterson speaks during an interview about their new novel, The President is Missing, in New York on May 21.Former President Bill Clinton revisited the controversy over his affair with Monica Lewinsky on Monday, saying he does not feel he owes the former White House intern an apology.Clinton, interviewed on NBC’s Today show by correspondent Craig Melvin, was asked if he had ever apologized to Lewinsky:Melvin: “I asked if you’d ever apologized. And you said you had.”Clinton: “I have.”Melvin: “You’ve apologized to her?”Clinton: “I apologized to everybody in the world.”Melvin: “But you didn’t apologize to her?”Clinton: “I have not talked to her. I — I thought it —”Melvin: “Do you feel like you owe her an apology —”Clinton: “No, I do — I do not. I’ve never talked to her. But I did say, publicly, on more than one occasion, that I was sorry. That’s very different. The apology was public.”Clinton’s affair with Lewinsky was uncovered during independent counsel Kenneth Starr’s investigation of Clinton’s real estate dealings before becoming president. After at first denying the relationship, Clinton subsequently admitted it. He was accused of obstructing justice and perjury and impeached by the Republican-led House of Representatives in December of 1998. But after a 21-day trial, he was acquitted by the Senate of charges relating to the affair.Clinton is now on a book tour for a political thriller he co-wrote with author James Patterson titled The President is Missing.Earlier this year, in an essay for Vanity Fair, Lewinsky wrote of suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, and how her view of the events of 20 years ago has evolved with the rise of the #metoo movement:“Now, at 44, I’m beginning (just beginning) to consider the implications of the power differentials that were so vast between a president and a White House intern. I’m beginning to entertain the notion that in such a circumstance the idea of consent might well be rendered moot. (Although power imbalances — and the ability to abuse them — do exist even when the sex has been consensual.)”Clinton said that he likes the #metoo movement, calling it “way overdue,” but adding he “doesn’t agree with everything.”Clinton said of his affair with Lewinsky, “I dealt with it 20 years ago plus. And the American people, two-thirds of ’em, stayed with me. And I’ve tried to do a good job since them with my life and with my work. That’s all I have to say to you.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

first_imgThat time when your flight out from #GDC almost crashes and you have to emergency land in a remote airport but at least Keanu Reeves is having as bad a day as you are. pic.twitter.com/XSPa1wlNuO— Amir Blum (Unboxed) (@CheesyJedi) March 24, 2019 Stories about Keanu Reeves being a generally good dude, despite being a Hollywood mega-star for three decades, are nothing new. From second hand accounts of random kindness to strangers, to a video of the John Wick star giving up his seat on the NYC subway to a female passenger, Reeves is the opposite of the self-centered movie star stereotype. Advertisement Instead of leaving everyone hanging and getting himself home, Keanu decided to look out for the team and booked a van to L.A. for himself and other stranded passengers. What ensued was a good old fashioned road trip and a bunch of random people riding with Reeves as he read aloud some facts about Bakersfield and hung out like a regular guy.One of the passengers filmed the roadie filmed and posted some of the best parts to Twitter, including a pit stop for burgers. This is actually kind of like a more chill version of Speed in a lot of ways, and easily better than Speed 2.keanu got stranded somewhere in california and had to take a bus instead of a plane and some guy filmed the entire experience and i am BEGGING yall to watch this pic.twitter.com/I1TmLOEYiK— ᴄ ᴀ ᴛ (@keanusgf) March 24, 2019 Johnny Utah was at it again this past week after his flight from San Francisco to Burbank was diverted to Bakersfield after a scary emergency landing. The Bill and Ted star again found himself in a most not excellent situation along with other passengers who were stranded in Bakersfield and unsure of how or when they could get to L.A.last_img read more

first_imgThe National Emergency Commission (CNE) declared a green alert throughout Costa Rica due to an incoming cold front. The effects are expected to last throughout the weekend.The National Meteorological Institute says winds in excess of 100 kph are expected in the Guanacaste mountain range, La Cruz, Tilarán, Arenal and the Central Volcanic Range. The strong winds are expected to produce rough seas that can reach up to 4.5 meters in the northern Pacific and Caribbean coasts. The CNE is asking people in the green alert regions to be careful when operating small boats in the affected regions. They also warned beachgoers that the rough seas could create strong rip currents.Strong winds can also damage roofs, posts, electrical wires, trees and road signs. Temperatures will also drop in the central valley and drivers should be aware of strong rain and fog on major highways throughout the country. Thanks for reading The Tico Times. We strive to keep you up to date about everything that’s been happening in Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we need your help. The Tico Times is partly funded by you and every little bit helps. If all our readers chipped in a buck a month we’d be set for years. Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica declares national emergency over drought in northwestern province of Guanacaste Hundreds left homeless by Costa Rica flooding Lightning strike injures 3 at Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría International Airport ‘Extremely dangerous’ Hurricane Patricia threatens Mexico coastlast_img read more

first_imgThe fact that travel tourism is something that is a cause for joy to many is understandable. There even more who are extremely passionate about it. However, there is a dark side to this world, whether its burnt-out business people or tired out tourists.Source: CNNlast_img

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