Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 246 Sections of Route 246, from 200 metres west of Kennedy Hill Road for about 5.8 kilometres west to Marshall Road, is reduced to one lane for upgrading including paving, slope stabilization and guardrail repairs until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Traffic is stop-and-go and work takes place from daylight to dusk. VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge, on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Bàn (USH-KA BAN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. -30- KINGS COUNTY: Palmer Bridge, Palmer Road, Aylesford Palmer Road between Dorey Road and Ward Road, near Aylesford, will be closed during repairs to Palmer Bridge with an estimated completion date of Wednesday, May 11. Detour signs are in place. COLCHESTER/CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 104 Sections of the westbound lane of Highway 104 for about 19 kilometres from Londonderry to Westchester Station, are reduced to one lane for paving, widening and the installation of rumble strips and guardrail until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Morgan Falls Bridge Morgan Falls Bridge on Lower Branch Road, about 250 metres from the intersection of Trunk 10, is closed for repairs each weekday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until Friday, May 20. A detour route is available on Varner Bridge on Route 208. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 107, Partridge River Bridge Until the end of July traffic on Highway 107, near Exit 18 in Lake Echo, is reduced to one lane with stop-and-go traffic between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The speed limit is reduced to 80 km/hr. CONTINUING WORK INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross, West Big Intervale, and Hatchery roads. NEW WORK INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15 tonne weight restriction. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 101 Bridge During weekends only the Highway 101 bridge over Highway 102 near Bedford, is reduced to one lane on both the inbound and outbound lanes for repairs. There will also be a lane drop each way on the Highway 102. Work starts on Fridays at 6 p.m. and ends on Mondays at 6 a.m. until Friday, July 15.last_img read more

Illegal Tobacco Seized in Halifax Regional Municipality

first_imgA significant amount of illegal tobacco has been taken off the street following a six-month operation by Service Nova Scotia’s Compliance and Special Investigations Unit. On Tuesday, July 26, in the Lakeside area of Halifax Regional Municipality, two arrests were made and 118,000 contraband cigarettes, with a tax value of over $32,000, were seized. A 60-year-old Lakeside man was held pending a court appearance that occurred on Wednesday, July 27 and was released with conditions. The second individual, a 44 year-old Lower Sackville man, was released at the scene on court related documents. Charges are pending under the Revenue Act, the Excise Act and the Criminal Code. Both are scheduled to appear in Halifax court on Sept. 27. Service Nova Scotia, through the Audit and Enforcement section of the Alcohol, Gaming, Fuel and Tobacco Branch, is responsible for eliminating illegal tobacco in Nova Scotia by working with its law enforcement partners, and through education and enforcement. Since 2006-07, the amount of illegal tobacco present in the province has decreased from 30 per cent of all tobacco consumed down to between five to 10 per cent. Anyone with information regarding the sale and manufacturing of illegal tobacco is asked to contact their local police or Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text TIP202 and your message to ‘CRIMES’ (274637) or by using secure web tips at http://www.crimestoppers.ns.ca .last_img read more

Canada Post union to hold weekend meeting aimed at breaking up contract

first_imgOTTAWA – Staring at a potential strike or lockout as early as next week, top officials at Canada Post and the union representing 50,000 of the Crown agency’s employees are to meet over the weekend.The Canadian Union of Postal Workers says its national president, Mike Palecek, and Canada Post interim president Jessica Mcdonald, along with members of their negotiating teams, hope to “unblock negotiations.”A spokesman for the agency confirmed the meeting, but could not provide a timetable or location.The union issued wide-ranging contract proposals to the Crown corporation nearly two weeks ago, but said Thursday it had not yet received a response.The two sides have been bargaining separate contracts for the carrier’s urban and rural employees for nine months, with no success.CUPW members voted in late August and early this month to back a strike. An original early Wednesday deadline for job action passed with the union saying it would not issue a mandatory 72-hour strike notice if there was progress at the bargaining table.The union has warned its members to be prepared for job action, which could initially include rotating walkouts.The main sticking points in the talks have been wages and working conditions.last_img read more

David Schwimmer And Sigal Avin Launch ThatsHarassment Campaign

first_imgThe Ad Council has joined with actor and producer David Schwimmer, writer and director Sigal Avin, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) and the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) to launch ‘#ThatsHarassment,’ a national campaign to empower victims and bystanders to speak out and provide tools for employers to create a safe work environment.Video: SHR TheBoss 30 Eng HDBeginning Friday, January 26, the full-length short films and PSAs will be supported digitally and on television by major media companies including Amazon Prime Video, CBS, The CW, Fox Networks Group, Freedom, Hulu, SHOWTIME and STARZ.The PSAs, executive produced by Schwimmer, Avin and Mazdack Rassi of MILK Studios, are shortened versions of the films that first launched in April 2017. The Ad Council will nationally distribute 30-second cutdowns of three of the six originally launched films to media outlets nationwide this week, with 10 and 20-second cutdowns available on Extreme Reach and PSA Central. The films, written and directed by Avin, depict various cases of sexual harassment in the workplace, all based on real events. Schwimmer, Avin and Rassi created this project to highlight behaviors that are unacceptable and to end institutional silence and complicity. Additionally, 30-second versions will air across New York City on Taxi TV and NYC Media.“My mother, my sister, countless female colleagues and friends have all experienced some form of sexual harassment in their lifetime,” says Schwimmer. “Now I’m a father of a young daughter and I’m angry and concerned about the rise in, and our culture’s acceptance of, totally unacceptable behavior by men towards women. Men who demean, deride, discredit, harass and assault women – no matter what their position of power – need to be held accountable.”The films, which take place in various professional settings in which sexual harassment can occur, depict different scenarios where men in positions of power cross the line. They include: “The Boss” starring Zazie Beetz and David Schwimmer, “The Coworker” starring Grace Gummer and Joseph Sikora, “The Politician” starring Harry Lennix and Emmy Rossum, “The Actor” starring Noah Emmerich and Cristela Alonzo, “The Doctor” starring Cynthia Nixon and Michael Kelly and “The Photographer” starring Bobby Cannavale and Anna Van Patten.“The current conversation around sexual harassment is giving us an opportunity to inform, educate and ultimately end harassment and assault. We are proud to join forces with Sigal, David, RAINN, National Women’s Law Center and the media to help all of us—men and women—speak out, stop it and most importantly, prevent it,” said Lisa Sherman, President and CEO of the Ad Council.“Knowledge is key for change. For me, the biggest achievement of ‘#ThatsHarassment’ is giving harassment a face. Taking what some consider “a grey area” and making it clear, “that’s harassment.” The fact that there’s a visual aid to clarify and demonstrate what sexual harassment is, will minimize the phenomenon,” Avin added.The following media companies are providing support for the campaign: • Amazon Prime Video • CBS • The CW • Fox Networks Group • Freeform • Hulu • SHOWTIME • STARZAdditionally, for the duration of 2018, the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment will air #ThatsHarassment PSAs on Taxi TV, bringing the campaign to video screens in 13,000 NYC taxicabs and generating well over 100,000 impressions per day. The PSAs will also run on NYC Media, the City’s official broadcast network with a reach of over 18 million households.“#ThatsHarassment is an incredible opportunity to further the conversation around sexual harassment and gender inequality in our society, and we are proud to expand the audience of this vital public awareness campaign in such a unique way on Taxi TV,” said Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment Commissioner Julie Menin.The campaign also encourages employers to use the films for training to proactively address and prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. Separately, in partnership with National Women’s Law Center, Schwimmer and Avin have created a digital toolkit for employers and are inviting them (including C-suite executives, HR directors, supervisors and managers) to use these films to educate, inform and ensure they are creating safe work environments and conditions for their employees. The Digital Toolkit can be downloaded at NWLC.org/ThatsHarassment and includes “10 Ways Your Company Can Help Prevent Harassment in the Workplace” as well as a Discussion Guide for employers to accompany the full-length films.Every day, hundreds of Americans are affected by sexual violence and abuse; in fact, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) estimates that one in four women face harassment in the workplace, and many are hesitant to report it. Sexual harassment is pervasive across industries, but especially in low-wage service jobs. For example, more than 25 percent of sexual harassment charges filed with the EEOC in the last decade came from industries with service-sector workers.The PSAs drive viewers to RAINN, which is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, and encourage viewers to call 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or visit RAINN.org/ThatsHarassment. RAINN operates the 24-hour National Sexual Assault Hotline, along with a live chat option.To learn more about the campaign, visit RAINN.org/ThatsHarassment, like the page on Facebook and follow @ThatsHarassment on Twitter and the hashtag #ThatsHarassment. To get immediate, free support 24/7, call 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).last_img read more

English River youth elders paddle on healing journey

first_imgPriscilla WolfAPTN NewsThe English River First Nation recently held its 10th annual canoe healing journey.The group of 50 youth and elders paddled the Pine and Beaver Rivers over four days as part of the community’s annual event to heal from trauma and grief and to address ongoing issues like mental health and suicide.pwolf@aptn.calast_img

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,454.92, up 65.32 points):Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down two cents, or 0.84 per cent, to $2.37 on 13.9 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up 30 cents, or 2.19 per cent, to $13.99 on 6.9 million shares.Pengrowth Energy Corp. (TSX:PGF). Oil and gas. Up seven cents, or 6.60 per cent, to $1.13 on 6.2 million shares.Hydro One Ltd. Instalment Receipts (TSX:H.IR). Utilities. Down 10 cents, or 0.26 per cent, to $38.00 on 5.6 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Up one cents, or 0.08 per cent, to $12.45 on 4.7 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up 15 cents, or 0.61 per cent, to $24.59 on 4.5 million shares. The Toronto Transit Commission is suing Manulife for alleged negligence in connection with a benefits fraud scheme that first came to light three years ago. The TTC says it is seeking up to $5 million in reimbursement and damages. To date, 170 TTC employees have been dismissed or have resigned or retired to avoid dismissal, and 10 former employees are facing criminal charges for their part in the alleged fraud.Companies reporting major news:Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD). Miner. Unchanged at $2.75 on 2.8 million shares. The Vancouver-based gold miner is temporarily postponing its decision to suspend work at its operations in northern Greece as it begins talks with the Greek government. It has been embroiled in a fight with the Greek government over its gold mining operations in the country. Eldorado accused the government of delaying key permits and licenses and threatened last week to suspend investment. Since then, the government has issued several permits and approved a key technical study for the closure of an old mine.National Bank of Canada (TSX:NA). Bank. Up 56 cents, or 0.97 per cent, to $58.37 on 1.8 million shares. The Montreal-based bank says a website error may have exposed the personal information of nearly 400 of its customers, including their names, birthdates, phone number and email address. National Bank says in a statement the problem related to an electronic form on its website and did not expose clients’ banking information, social insurance numbers or addresses.last_img read more

Wave of Heat Expected from Wednesday to Saturday in Morocco

Rabat – A wave of heat is expected to hit several regions of Morocco from Wednesday to Saturday, with highsrising up to 46 degrees Celsius, according to the National Meteorological Department (DMN).Maximum temperatures of 41 to 44 degrees are expected Wednesday and Thursday in Aousserd, Oued-Edadhab, Boujdour, Laayoune Tarfaya, Es-Smara, Tata, Taroudant, Assa-Zag, Zagora, and Errachidia, reported DNM in a special meteorological bulletin.During the same two days, temperatures ranging from 37 to 40 degrees are forecasted in Ouarzazate, Fkih Ben Saleh, Kelaa Sraghna, Rhamna, Marrakech, Youssoufia, Essaouira, Guelmim, Tan-Tan, and Beni Mellal source. On Friday and Saturday, DMN predicts maximum temperatures of 42 to 46 degrees at Aousserd, Oued-Eddahab, Boujdour, Es-Smara, Assa-Zag, Tata, Zagora, and Taroudant.Temperature will reach 37 to 41 degrees Celsius at Guelmim, Tan-Tan, Sidi Ifni, Chtouka Ait Baha, Agadir, Laayoune, Marrakech, Youssoufia, Essaouira, Chichaoua, Kelaa-Sraghna, Beni Mellal, Fkih Saleh, Settat, Khouribga, Sidi Slimane, Kemisset, Ben Slimane, SidiBennour, Berrrechid, Safi, and Errachidia.The Directorate forecasts locally strong thunderstorms on Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Azilal, Beni Mellal, Midelt, Khénifra, Ifrane, and Boulemane, and more moderate storms and rain showers on Taourirt, Guercif, Taza, Taounate, and Al Hoceima. read more

Xenophobic attacks in South Africa draw condemnation from UN agency

20 November 2009The United Nations refugee agency today condemned the latest xenophobic attacks that have driven some 3,000 foreigners, including refugees and asylum-seekers from Zimbabwe, from a community in South Africa. The incident is the first large-scale xenophobic attack affecting refugees and asylum-seekers in South Africa since May 2008, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which is sending staff to De Dooms, a farming community 140 kilometres northeast of Cape Town, to work with local authorities to make it safe for foreigners to return there. “We have moved quickly to help the displaced,” said UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic. “They are now awaiting the outcome of negotiations with local farmers who attacked their homes on Tuesday, accusing them of stealing their jobs by accepting cheaper wages in vineyards.” Mr. Mahecic told a news conference in Geneva that documented refugees and asylum-seekers have the legal right to work in South Africa, but tensions often erupt over competition for jobs.Those evicted are now staying in a sports field and a community centre in De Doorns, sleeping under three communal tents – each sheltering 1,000 people – supplied by the Government, and receiving meals from the South African Red Cross. UNHCR has donated smaller family tents to help ensure privacy for the families.The agency welcomed the rapid humanitarian response of the local authorities and the fact that water, portable toilets and a mobile health clinic were provided within hours. UNHCR has been supporting efforts to combat xenophobia in the country, where some 45,000 people were uprooted and 62 killed, according to Government estimates, after tensions between South Africans and foreigners erupted into violence in May 2008. read more

Canadian dollar moves higher on stronger wholesale trade data US Fed meeting

Canadian dollar moves higher on stronger wholesale trade data, US Fed meeting TORONTO – The Canadian dollar was higher on Tuesday as a report on wholesale sales came in stronger than expected while investors are also anticipating a move by the Federal Reserve to boost confidence in the U.S. economy.The loonie gained 0.56 of a cent to 98.21 cents US.Statistics Canada reported that wholesale trade sales rose 1.5 per cent in April to $49.3 billion, its fastest pace of growth in nearly a year.The outcome was well above expectations, mainly due to a huge increase in sales of agricultural supplies.Meanwhile, the Fed began a two-day meeting that some expect will result in an extension to the $400-billion Operation Twist plan under which it sold short-term securities and replaced them with long-term securities in an effort to put more downward pressure on long-term rates.A decision will likely be made on Wednesday.In commodities, the July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 76 cents to US$84.03 a barrel.July copper was down half a cent at US$3.43 a pound, while August gold was down $5.40 at US$1,6221.60 an ounce. by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 19, 2012 5:04 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Body of enforcer for notorious crime family exhumed after two raids by

His family insisted that he had been buried with nothing of financial value, but his remains have been now exhumed and the burial plot secured. The body of a enforcer for the notorious Adams crime family has been exhumed by police in Manchester after his grave was desecrated twice in a week.Graver robbers are thought to have dug up former boxer William Isaac’s grave in the hope of finding expensive jewellery rumoured to have been buried with his remains.Mr Isaac, who died age 45 in 2013 after an accident at his home in the Republic of Ireland, was an enforcer for the Adams Family, a London-based gang linked to 25 murders over 30 years.He had been buried in the same plot as his mother, but Greater Manchester Police said on Tuesday that his body had been exhumed after two separate raids on his grave at Blackley cemetery on 28 June and 4 July, the Manchester Evening News reported.Detective Inspector Claire Moss from Greater Manchester Police, said: “We believe that this incident was targeted to this specific plot.”This is a despicable act, and it has caused the family an enormous amount of anguish and grief in finding out that their loved one’s grave has twice been disturbed in what is meant to be a place of rest.“The motivation for this incident is unclear at this stage of the investigation, but the family want to make it known that their loved one was not buried with any items of monetary value.” Mr Isaac had reportedly organised the security at the End End funeral of Ronnie Kray, and in 1997 was cleared of carrying out the “murder” of Manchester businesswoman Pat Hayes, 46.She had been shot twice in the head as she slept and Mr Isaac was accused of the carrying out the murder for his mother Rita, 67, who stood to inherit Hayes’s property as well as property in Florida.He was later jailed for three years after police found ammunition hidden in a sock in his car. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The grave of William Isaac at Blackley Cemetery, Blackley, Manchester. Police were called to reports of damage to a cemetery plot on two occasions The grave of William Isaac at Blackley Cemetery, Blackley, Manchester. Police were called to reports of damage to a cemetery plot on two occasionsCredit:Sean Hansford/Manchester Evening News read more

Croatian wunderkind was match winner in Swiss derby

4HC Kriens-Luzern2110295515381322 1Wacker Thun2116235775176034 5TSV St. Otmar St. Gallen218310594603-919 2Kadetten Schaffhausen2115156265408631 6BSV Bern Muri218211532537-518 Despite a lot of injuries Kadetten Schaffhausen beat Pfadi Winterthur 31:25 in derby match of Swiss Play Off League. Now both teams have 21 points, just three less than leader, Wacker Thun. The key person of the match was young Croatian left back, Marko Mamic (18) who scored 6 goals for the winning team. He used the chance after injury of Christian Dissinger. Kadetten was also without Aleksandar Stojanovic and Arunas Vaskevicius…STANDING: Kadetten SchaffhausenMarko MamicSwiss handball 3Pfadi Winterthur2115155955296631 ← Previous Story France wants Men’s WCH 2017 Next Story → Swedish goalkeeper Kapellin to play for Qatar at WCH 2015? read more

Germany without Patrick Groetzki at EURO 2016

germanPatrick Groetzki Germany will have to play at EHF EURO 2016 in Poland without two TOP wings from both side – left and right. After Uwe Gensheimer, Dagur Sigurdsson, but also his colleague from Rhein Neckar Lowen, Nikolaj Jakobsen, has to cope with injury of right wing Patrick Groetzki, who broke his leg in defeat against Kiel 20:31. That will keep lefthander two months out from the action.His replacement in the national team will be MT Melsungen right wing Johannes Sellin.Germany will have three test matches against Tunisia (January 5) and Iceland (9 and 10).PHOTO: dhb.de ← Previous Story Kadetten Schaffhausen sack Markus Baur – Lars Walter to overtake? Next Story → Croatia ahead of EURO 2016: Kopljar questionable, Ivić to replace read more

Man who burgled Steve Jobs home could get 7 years in prison

first_imgThe man who was accused of breaking into the late Steve Jobs’s house and stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise could receive a sentence of up to seven years and eight months behind bars. The crime he allegedly committed carries a maximum penalty of 16 years and four months, but the judge in the case capped it at the lower amount because the perpetrator has decided to plead “no contest.”The man, Kariem McFarlin, broke into the house in Palo Alto, California in August. He claimed, and police appear to believe, that he did not realize it used to be Steve Jobs‘s primary residence. He just picked it as a random target, possibly because he realized that nobody seemed to be going in or out of the house.So he was confident enough in his plan that he spent 15 hours pilfering things like iPhones, iPads, iPods, and expensive champagne, as well as around $60,000 worth of jewelry. At some point, of course, he did realize exactly whose possessions he was stealing.He found a letter addressed to Steve Jobs, at which point he realized he hit the jackpot. He ended up finding and taking Jobs’s wallet and driver license. In a twist that might have even made Steve Jobs proud, the suspect was caught because of one of his stolen iPads. McFarlin gave one of the iPads to an acquaintance to pay off a debt, and police were able to track down that iPad and link it back to McFarlin.It turns out he also committed several other burglaries dating back more than a year, making it more plausible that landing upon the Jobs house was just a coincidence.Because of the no contest plea, there will not be a jury trial. McFarlin will face sentencing on January 17, 2013.via Washington Postlast_img read more

The 10th International Conference on Greek Research call for papers

first_imgThe 10th International Conference on Greek Research and the 2nd International Conference on Ageing in a Foreign Land will be held at Flinders University in Adelaide, from 27 to 30 June 2013. The inter-disciplinary conference will explore themes from Greek and Cypriot studies and generational perspectives on ageing. The organisers of the conference welcome attendance from academics, researchers, practitioners and policy makers and aged care providers. Research paper abstracts (of up to 200 words) are due to be submitted by 15 February 2013. The 10th International Conference on Greek Research is a 4-day event in which research papers will be presented on studies related to Greek and Cypriot themes, as well as general perspectives on ageing. A vibrant program will be dedicated to papers and posters relating to Greek and Cypriot studies that will continue the tradition of the international conferences on Greek research, and one day of professional development for teachers of Modern Greek. The conference will include the following areas of research: literature and philosophy; Cyprus from 1960-2013: 53 years later; education; generational perspectives on ageing; learning languages online; history and migration; professional development for teachers in modern Greek; and society and culture. The conference will be hosted by LOGOS Australian Centre for Hellenic Language and Culture and the Department of Language Studies at Flinders University, and supported by The Foundation for Hellenic Studies. Although abstracts should be received by 15 February 2013, early submissions are encouraged, as the number of presentations is limited. To submit an abstract (up to 200 words), visit the conference website – www.flinders.edu.au/ehl/conferences/greek/research2013/ The same criterion applies for virtual participation, an option available for participants who are unable to attend the conference in-person but wish to send their paper. Conference languages are Greek and English. For further information, call (08) 8201 3854. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Le système Android est le bien le numéro 1 mondial

first_imgLe système Android est le bien le numéro 1 mondialL’OS de Google pour terminaux mobile dépasse la moitié de parts de marché aux Etats-Unis et en Europe et devance toujours iOS. Pour sa part, Windows Phone enregistre une progression.Si quelqu’un en doutait encore, Android est bien le leader mondial des systèmes d’exploitation pour smartphones et tablettes tactiles. Une étude de Kantar Worldpanel ComTech relayée par Reviewer.fr vient une nouvelle fois confirmer la domination de l’OS mobile de Google, à la fois aux États-Unis et en Europe. De l’autre côté de l’Atlantique, la bataille avec Apple et iOS est pourtant rude puisque Android ne compte que 50,2% de parts de marché, une faiblesse relative due au grand succès des produits de la marque à la pomme au pays de l’Oncle Sam.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?C’est en Europe que Android s’impose le plus facilement. En France, le système d’exploitation possède 58,% de parts de marché, pendant que iOS stagne à 14,7 %. En Espagne, c’est encore plus impressionnant puisque Google et son OS ont véritablement fait le vide avec plus de 84% de parts de marché. La firme de Mountain View a en tout cas intérêt à capitaliser sur ces excellents chiffres car en plus d’Apple, la concurrence de Microsoft commence à se faire ressentir.Si Windows Phone est encore très bas, il a l’avantage d’une belle marge de progression. Cette montée a d’ailleurs commencé, comme le montre l’exemple de la Grande-Bretagne. Il y a un an, Windows Phone ne représentait en effet que 1,7% des ventes. Un chiffre qui a plus que doublé puisque l’OS de Microsoft fait désormais 3,7% de parts de marché. Le constat est le même en France puisque le système d’exploitation de Redmond est passé de 0,9 à 2,5% de parts de marché dans l’Hexagone. Des chiffres bien évidemment loin de ceux réalisés par Google et Apple mais qui dénotent d’une belle progression et de perspectives encourageantes pour Microsoft sur ce terrain où il est si dur de s’imposer.    Le 16 juillet 2012 à 10:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


FSQA Says Chinese Donated Rice Is Fit For Consumption

first_imgBy Kebba Secka Modou Lamin Jaiteh, the Scientific Officer at the Food Safety and Quality Authority (FSQA), said a consignment of rice donated by main land China has met the minimum health standard set by the institution, on food quality, thus making the rice fit for consumption.According to Jaiteh, his institution is aware of the imported rice and can confirm both consignments which were imported into country. He added the rice is for human consumption. He made these assertions at the institution’s headquarters in Kotu on Monday 27 May 2019.In a press release from the Chinese Embassy last week, said the aid is part of China’s emergency response pledge made to the Government of the Gambia, in order to mitigate the crop failure of the 2018 farming season. The release indicated the parboil rice was produced between October and November 2018, and had a duration of nine months from the date of production. The Ministry of Agriculture also issued a press release earlier, clarifying doubts and giving assurance to the public of Government’s commitment to their safety.Dilating on the labeling and packaging standards of imported and exported food items, Jaiteh said: “FSQA under the minimum quality standard of rice needs to see that it is packaged in a container which will safeguard the hygiene, nutritional, technological and organoleptic qualities of the product,” he told this reporter. Asked about the specific labelling of the packages to help consumers understand, the Scientific Officer explained that it could be written on the bag as ‘Exp’ which means ‘expiry date’; that it can also be written as ‘best before’ a given date; that if the label indicates ‘best before’, it does not mean after the given date; that with the exception of the expiry date label, other types of labels can indicate ‘safe for consumption’ even though the indicated date has passed.Jaiteh further indicated that his institution is conscious of their mandate towards the safety of the public; that they will never compromise with anyone whosoever, to bring contaminated or expired food products into the country, whether by Government, businesses, individuals or agencies.“For the quality of rice, there are different interpretations of the definitions of the labels given. It can be subjective or objective depending on the measurement of the quality, and that is where we look at to see whether the food item has reached its minimum quality,” he told this reporter. According to him, identification of food quality goes beyond appearance, to the observation of signs, even if the item is not put to a laboratory test.last_img read more

Black bear sightings reported in east Vancouver Camas over the weekend

first_imgSeveral people reported seeing a black bear in both east Vancouver and Camas over the weekend.Camas Police Sgt. Scot Boyles said that their agency took three calls of a black bear being spotted over the weekend, two in the Dorthy Fox Park area and another near Wafer Tech. Boyles said the bears were not a threat to humans, and were seen near streets before returning to wooded areas. When dispatched to each call, officers did not locate a bear, Boyles said.The bears are roaming the area in search of food, said Craig Bartlett, spokesman for the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. They have to settle in an area before the agency can trap them and transport them. “If they find food, they’ll stay put,” Bartlett said. He advises homeowners to secure BBQs and pet food left outside. Robin Wheelon, who lives in the 19900 block of Northeast 16th Street in east Vancouver, said she spotted a black bear in her neighbor’s back yard on Memorial Day.“It’s just scary,” Wheelon said. “I’ll be keeping my eye out.”It’s unclear if there’s more than one bear wandering the area.The sightings aren’t uncommon in the Camas area, Boyles said. Fish & Wildlife will continue working with Camas police to keep track of the bear, or bears.last_img read more

Little girl Clark Countys first baby of 2015

first_img2014: 3,3482013: 2,4862012: 2,246When the new year was just shy of being two hours old, a Vancouver couple welcomed their newborn baby girl. Aubrey Maya Schneider, born at 1:43 a.m. to first-time parents Kyle Schneider and Cassie Carter, is the first local baby born in 2015. “We didn’t name her till she was born,” said Schneider. They had a list of names in mind, and Aubrey Maya was the right fit. “The whole world celebrates your birthday,” said Wayne Carter, the child’s grandfather.The pink bundle with a tuft of hair, dark brown like her mother’s, looked around the room. She opened her mouth, stuck out her tongue, and eyed her family members in the hospital room at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. “She’s easy so far,” Schneider, 26, said. His older brother and sister-in-law, who brought their 2-year-old son to meet the newborn, looked at each other and chuckled.Aubrey was due on Jan. 27, but came into the world on the new year in good health.“Seven pounds, 6 ounces. That’s perfect,” Wayne Carter said.Cassie Carter said she started having contractions on Tuesday and went to the hospital, but the staff sent her home. The family waited and returned to the hospital around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday when the contractions started picking up again. Hours later, she ushered in a new life.last_img read more

Complaint Filed Against AntiMarijuana Campaign

first_imgSponsors of a marijuana regulation initiative have filed a complaint against their opposition, alleging that Big Marijuana Big Mistake has violated disclosure rules.Download AudioAt issue is whether the owners of the anti-marijuana group’s public relations firm are serving in a volunteer capacity and whether the firm’s time is being properly accounted. Kristina Woolston, a majority owner of Northwest Strategies, has identified herself as a volunteer for Big Marijuana Big Mistake when serving as a campaign spokesperson, and her time working against the initiative has not been disclosed in any campaign finance reports.Chris Rempert, a sponsor of the Campaign To Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, believes the anti-marijuana group is using that as a tactic to paint the initiative sponsors as outsiders.“It’s very clear that they are willfully misrepresenting themselves to the public, to the media, and to election regulators because they think that will benefit them,” says Rempert.Alaska law requires initiative campaigns to disclose their expenditures within a 10-day time frame, and the Alaska Public Offices Commission requires any sort of commercial services provided by volunteers to be documented as campaign contributions.Northwest Strategies started working for Big Marijuana Big Mistake in mid-April, and the campaign’s first independent expenditure report was filed on May 27. None of the campaign’s independent expenditure reports make any note of Woolston’s volunteer time.Woolston believes that the APOC complaint is a “distraction,” and that initiative sponsors are using it to divert attention from the $500,000 in funding they’ve received from the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project.Woolston says she identifies herself as a volunteer because she is not a salaried employee of Northwest Strategies.“Yeah, well, this isn’t my job. I mean the work that I do is volunteer,” says Woolston. “You know, I don’t work for Northwest Strategies. I work for Chenega Corporation. I understand the ownership issue, but it’s a family business. And really, they’re grasping here.”The connection between Big Marijuana Big Mistake, Northwest Strategies, and the Chenega Corporation is a bit of a tangle.The Chenega Corporation employs Woolston as their vice president of government relations, and it gave $25,000 to the Big Marijuana Big Mistake campaign using Woolson as a contact. Big Marijuana Big Mistake is also a client of Northwest Strategies, which Woolston and her husband Tim own. According to the expenditure reports that have been filed to date, Northwest Strategies has done $24,150 in work for Big Marijuana Big Mistake, with $19,150 of that amount yet to be paid.Woolston says that when she identifies herself as a volunteer, she’s representing herself as an executive at the Chenega Corportation not as an owner of Northwest Strategies. She adds that Northwest Strategies has a $7,500 a month contract with Big Marijuana Big Mistake, but the amount covers hard costs only and she is not personally profiting from it. She says she and her husband are actually “losing money on this.”“My husband and I both volunteer our time,” says Woolston. “Yes, we do have an agency that has a very small contract — really a drop in the bucket if you want to talk about numbers and what the opposition is being paid.”But the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol takes issue with that logic.“You can’t say you’re giving something away for free and then charge for it,” says Taylor Bickford, a spokesperson employed by the pro-initiative campaign.Woolston says she still plans to identify herself as a volunteer when campaigning against the marijuana ballot initiative.Complaint package [ZIP]last_img read more


Power outages hit RIMS Hospital

first_imgSrikakulam: Frequent power interruptions plague the state-run Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) Hospital and hampering quality treatment for patients coming from across the district. The State government established the RIMS Hospital in 2008 along with medical college to provide quality treatment to poor patients in the district. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us Initially, 100 medical seats are allotted to RIMS Medical College and recently, the government has enhanced the seats to 150. Proposals are also prepared for increase of beds strength to 1,000 to serve patients better. For providing better treatment, quality power is essential at RIMS for all wings. But frequent power disruptions are hitting the patients badly. Particularly during summer from March to June these interruptions are being increased every year. For better power supply, AP Medical and Health Infrastructure Development Corporation (APMHIDC) officials paid Rs 11.51 lakh to the AP Eastern Power Distribution Company Limited (APEPDCL) in March 2012. Also Read – Event management students of SPMVV exhibit talent Advertise With Us As per agreement, APMHIDC paid the amount to APEPDCL for establishment of separate power feeder and three phase supply lines to RIMS Hospital and Medical College as well. At that time, feeder points and supply lines have been arranged from Chilakapalem, Amudalavalasa and Tulugu sub-stations. But three-phase supply is being possible practically only from Chilakapalem sub-station and not from other two sub-stations at Amudalavalasa and Tulugu. If power supply stopped from Chilakapalem sub-station, only single phase supply is available for RIMS which is leading to interruptions. Advertise With Us “We have explained the power supply related problems to APEPDCL superintendent engineer (SE) B Deva Vara Prasad,” said APMHIDC executive engineer (EE), K Rambabu to The Hans India. “We will resolve the issue soon after verifying the alternative possibilities for better supply of power,” APEPDCL SE B Deva Vara Prasad told this newspaper.last_img read more