Hold the bacon more Quebec sugar shacks offering vegetarian vegan options

first_imgMONTREAL — As the sugaring-off season begins, thousands of Quebecers will head to a cabane a sucre, or sugar shack, for a traditional heavy meal drenched in sweet syrup.Only now, more and more sugar shacks are offering pork rinds without pork, maple baked beans without lard and other vegetarian and vegan options to meet the increasing demand for meatless meals.A simple online search reveals close to a dozen sugar shacks that offer vegetarian or vegan options.Patrick Noel, the owner of Sucrerie du Domaine, said he had little time for a phone interview. “After 10 o’clock, it’s madness,” he said Saturday morning.It’s the first year Noel’s sugar shack north of Montreal has offered a vegan menu, and he said the numbers look promising so far.“It’s looking like a good season, and the cabane is almost reserved to capacity until the end of the sugar season,” he said.Noel said his reservations are up 30 per cent over last year, which he believes is at least partly due to menu items such as tourtiere — a traditional meat pie — made with mushrooms and lentils, and a vegan version of cretons — a pork spread usually served on toast.He said the demand for the new menu came mostly from his regular clients, who are happy to eat meat themselves but want to bring more friends along.“The customers who really like our meat told us that instead of being a group of 20 people, they would be 26 if we had a vegan menu, so we adapted,” he said.“We’re a hyper-carnivorous sugar shack, so it’s a bit of culinary bipolarness,” he said with a laugh.In the Monteregie region southeast of Montreal, the co-owner of the Handfield sugar shack said he’s seen a 30 to 40 per cent increase in customers since he brought in a meatless menu.“There’s no lard in our baked beans, and I challenge anyone to tell the difference,” Louis-Robert Handfield said in a phone interview.Handfield said the menu is most popular with 25- to 40-year olds, many of whom otherwise wouldn’t visit a sugar shack.Carole Bouthillette, co-owner of La Pause Sylvestre, sees herself as the pioneer of the vegetarian and vegan sugar shack movement.Her rustic log cabin in the Estrie region has been making tourtiere with millet and pulses for almost 20 years — long before the current craze began.“I don’t understand why it’s reached this level, but for us it doesn’t change anything, we’ve always been full,” she said.“We get more phone calls, but we don’t have any more places,” said Bouthillette, who said she has no plans to expand her business.But while more and more sugar shack owners are reconsidering the culinary traditions of the sugaring-off period, one thing is unlikely to change: expect the food, whether it’s pork or lentil-based, to come drenched in plenty of maple syrup.Stephane Blais, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Former Hollinger exec David Radler reaches plea agreement with OSC

Former Hollinger exec David Radler reaches plea agreement with OSC TORONTO – Conrad Black’s former business partner David Radler has been barred from acting as an officer or director of a public company in Ontario for his role in the fraud at Hollinger newspaper group, but has escaped financial penalty.The plea agreement approved Wednesday saw the Ontario Securities Commission withdraw all charges against Radler.Radler, who lives in Vancouver and oversees a privately held newspaper group, was not present at the 15-minute hearing in downtown Toronto.“Mr. Radler is moving on with his life,” said his lawyer, David J. Martin.The ban is indefinite, although Radler can apply to have it reviewed at any time.OSC Commissioner Christopher Portner said he was “satisfied” with the joint-agreement and that it kept in line with the regulator’s mandate of protecting Ontario’s capital markets.Radler is also prohibited from becoming a registrant, employee, director or officer of a registrant or an affiliated public company in Ontario. He must also refrain from directly or indirectly trading or acquiring securities related to Hollinger Inc.Wednesday’s deal is related to charges originally filed in March 2005 against Radler, Black, and Hollinger Inc., which at one time controlled a newspaper empire that operated in Canada, the United States, Britain and elsewhere.The OSC’s administrative proceedings were interrupted by years of legal proceedings in the United States, including criminal charges against the former executives of Hollinger International.The group was accused of cheating shareholders and tax authorities in the U.S. and Canada.Radler eventually pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud at U.S District Court and was sentenced to 29 months in jail and a fine of $250,000.As part of his plea bargain, Radler testified for the prosecution in a lengthy trial against his former colleagues, including once good friend Black.Portner cited that Wednesday’s agreement was “appropriate” in light of the conclusion of the U.S. case. Hollinger Inc. has since been sold off piece by piece over the past few years.In 2007, Radler reached an agreement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and agreed to pay a fine of US$28.7 million and be permanently barred from serving as a company director or officer in the U.S.Since he was released from prison, he has been overseeing the operations at the Alberta Newspaper Group, a privately held regional newspaper chain.The OSC said Wednesday proceedings against Black and the other Hollinger executives John Boultbee and Peter Atkinson have yet to be resolved.Black served 37 months of a 42-month sentence for fraud and obstruction of justice while he was head of Hollinger International. He returned to Canada in May under a temporary resident permit as he is no longer a citizen. by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 14, 2012 1:29 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Few Teams Have Done Less With More Than The Clippers

1993-98Bulls362174250.0– Although it didn’t exactly come as a shock to NBA observers, both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers opted out of their contracts last week, creating the real possibility that LA’s recent run of relevance is coming to an end. And if the end is near for “Lob City,” it would mean one of the sports franchises most associated with failure somehow managed to fail even when it was winning games. Few NBA teams have ever accomplished so little with so much talent.With 313 wins since Paul joined the team for the 2011-12 season, the Clippers own the league’s third-best record over that span. They’re coming off what is unquestionably the best six-year period in franchise history. Paul is a bona fide Point God, and with Griffin and center DeAndre Jordan, he gave LA a Big 3 that could theoretically go toe-to-toe with the league’s other star-powered trios. In terms of personal honors, Paul has few statistical peers in history among point guards, while Griffin and Jordan made seven combined All-NBA teams. By numerous team and individual standards, the partnership has been a rousing success.But when dissecting this Clippers squad, there’s always the unfortunate matter of the playoffs to address. Because despite all those victories and accolades, LA has won only three measly playoff series in its Big 3 era and never advanced past the conference semifinals — a truly weak performance for a team with so much regular-season success.We can measure just how disappointing the Clippers have been with a system called “playoff success points,” which I’ve used before to judge a team’s performance in the NBA1And NHL! postseason. Teams rack up points for winning series and advancing further into the playoffs. A championship is always worth 1,000 points; losing in the Finals, 500; losing in the conference finals, 250; and so forth.2The value of making the playoffs to begin with is in proportion to how many teams are in the league, and how many of them qualify for the playoffs. Since 2012, the Clippers have accumulated only 562.5 playoff success points, less than half as many as we’d expect based on their regular-season record: 2009-14Spurs347192000.0– 1992-97Bulls367184250.0– 1994-99Jazz355181687.5– 1996-2001Jazz350191562.5– YEARSTEAMWINS*+3 BPM SEASONSPLAYOFF SUCCESS PTS. 1995-2000Jazz357191562.5– 1980-8576ers354182562.5– 1998-2003Jazz32217937.5– 1981-8676ers349172187.5– 2011-16Spurs365222000.0– Going back to the 1976 NBA-ABA merger, no other team has won at least 320 regular-season games3Pro-rating shortened seasons — such as 2011-12 — up to 82 games. in a six-year span and accumulated anywhere near as few playoff success points as the 2012-17 LA Clippers did. (The next-closest were the David Robinson-led 1990-95 San Antonio Spurs, another team known for falling short on the cusp of greatness.)And LA’s star power makes its shortfall even harder to understand. In the CP3-Blake-DeAndre era, the Clippers have been home to 17 individual seasons where a player logged at least 20 percent of available minutes and posted a Box Plus/Minus (BPM) of +3 or better (those cutoffs roughly give you a star-level season): Six by Paul, six by Griffin, four by Jordan and one by Matt Barnes.4I’m as surprised as anyone — but check out his 2012-13 numbers! Only 17 times since the merger has a franchise boasted so many star-level seasons in a six-year span, and they usually come from dynastic teams (Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls; Tim Duncan’s San Antonio Spurs) or would-be dynasties like the Stockton-to-Malone Utah Jazz and the Philadelphia 76ers of the early 1980s. Once again, the Big 3-era Clippers have enjoyed the least amount of postseason success of any team in that group: 2010-15Spurs348202000.0– 2012-17Clippers32317562.5– *Wins in shortened seasons are pro-rated to 82 games. Box Plus/Minus (BPM) is an estimate of a player’s net points added per 100 possessions.Source: BASKETBALL-REFERENCE.COM 1991-96Bulls359174250.0– 1993-98SuperSonics357171125.0– The Clippers have the stars, but not the ringsMost playoff success points over a six-year span for teams with at least 17 individual player seasons with +3 Box Plus/Minus (BPM) or higher, 1977-2017 2012-17Spurs365232187.5– 1997-2002Jazz339191375.0– None of this is to say that the Clippers’ core should be blown up; after all, players of Paul and Griffin’s caliber don’t grow on trees. Nor do the duo’s opt-outs necessarily mean either (or both) won’t be back in LA next season anyway. The Clippers can still pay each substantially more money than either could get elsewhere, should LA choose to offer them max deals. Griffin and Jordan will still be under 30 next year, and CP3 is coming off his best statistical season as a Clipper (when he was healthy).So the tank is hardly empty in LA. But with fabled exec Jerry West leaving the champion Golden State Warriors to join the Clippers as a front-office consultant, a Big 3 breakup wouldn’t come as a total surprise, either. And if that does happen, the Clippers and their fans can only look back at the last six seasons with regret over what might have been. 2004-09Spurs347172562.5– SIX-YEAR TOTALS read more

Nacho Plaza to leave Guadalajara

← Previous Story Zoran Gobac: “The draw for the EHF EURO 2014 in Denmark has been fixed!” Next Story → ASOBAL sinks: Newly-promoted Puente Genil player works as “doorman” on Ibiza Pivot Nacho Plaza and Guadalajara have agreed to mutual cancellation of the player’s contract, who had one year left with the team. Nacho Plaza will now be seeking a new club. Guadalajara, the team whose coach is Mateo Garralda, have so far signed three players – Diego Moyano from Cuenca, Quique Plaza from Villa de Aranda and Brazilian pivot Alexandro Pozer from Pinheiros. Just like the previous one, this coming season will definitely prove a hard one again for Gualadalajara. ASOBALguadalajaranacho plaza read more

Bahrain and Qatar Dominant UAE Upset the Favorites

Second round of the 17th Asian Championship brought a new surprise: at the opening game of the group B, United Arab Emirates hampered chances of Saudi Arabia to reach the semi-finals, playing 17:17 (6:7). In the strong match with an outstanding goalkeeping and defensive display on both sides, UAE had chance to win, but Abdulla Albaloushi shot in the final seconds went over the bar.Iran recovered from the starting defeat, easily overcoming Lebanon 31:26 (16:13). Bahrain showed superiority against Chinese side, creating easy win 41:18 (18:7). Bahraini 3-3 defence and quick offensive play completely blocked Chinese play, so the winner was known even in the early stage of the game.Bahrain is leader of the group B with 4 points. UAE and Saudi Arabia follow with 3 points, Iran has 2, while China and Lebanon are still looking for the first points.In the group A, Oman was close to surprise favorites South Korea. In a heart-breaking match, both sides had chances to count the victory. At the end, lady luck smiled to Korea, who managed to save the advantage in the final minutes and won 23:22 (11:12).Qatar was dominant again, easily passing over Syria with 32:10 (18:6) win. Excellent defensive display was just enough to overcome weak Syrian team.In the group A, Qatar is topping the table with 4 points, Јаpan and Korea are behind with 2, while Oman and Syria are on level 0 after first two rounds. ← Previous Story Danes stop brave Montenegrians Next Story → Germany beat Sweden for mess in Wroclaw… read more

Organic Molecules Lead To Cheaper More Efficient Solar Cells

first_img[photo from Flickr user jamescridland]Solar cells aren’t cheap. The cost of turning the sun’s energy into usable electricity has been one of the main factors in keeping solar energy adoption rates down. However, a new method of producing cells developed by researchers at Stanford could lead to less costly and more efficient green energy production. Cells using quantum dots have been a subject of research for several years due to their potential for providing much more efficiency than traditional cells using materials like silicon. This is because regular cells can only capture a single part of the spectrum dependant on the material they are constructed from, whereas the very small dots on quantum dot cells can be adjusted in size to capture energy at different wavelengths. These types of cells are easier to make too, as the chemical reactions involved in their production are simpler than those used in building existing solar cells. Unfortunately, these solar panels have yet to live up to their high-efficiency promise, and researchers are working on ways to change that.Stanford chemical engineering professor Stacey Bent, along with a team of researchers, found that, by adding a single layer of organic molecules less than a nanometer thick, the efficiency of these quantum dot cells can be tripled. The type of organic molecule used is not important, which surprised Bent.“We thought it would be very sensitive to what we put down,” Bent said in this article on PhysOrg.com.Right now, the team has only been able to achieve about 0.4 percent efficiency, which doesn’t compare favorably with the 31 percent efficiency of traditional cells. The group plans on adjusting elements of the cell to hopefully bring this number up in the future, challenging traditional solar cells with less costly, more efficient alternatives. [via PhysOrg.com, ACS Nano]last_img read more

Geek deals 30 bucks off the Buffalo MiniStation Stealth 1TB USB 30

first_imgSolid state drives are easily one of the most worthwhile upgrades you can make to your PC. The sheer performance boost you get from changing your pokey old magnetic hard drive to an uber appealing SSD is worth every penny, far more than spending a couple hundred bucks for a few hundred more MHz in your processor.The trouble with SSDs, one of them at least, is that the capacities are still small compared to traditional storage. Most can probably get away with 256GB, particularly on a portable system, but the real dollar value in SSDs is in the 64GB – 128GB range. Once you load Windows 7, Office, Photoshop, a few more programs, and your music, the drive is full! And unfortunately SSD performance takes a hit as you get close to filling the drive, so it’s not ideal to run with the drive near full either.Thankfully good old HDDs have gotten quite cheap and this Buffalo Stealth external drive makes a great portable data warehouse. It offers up a massive 1TB of storage space in a small 2.5-inch drive. Using a notebook hard drive also means you can run the unit off USB power only, with no AC adapter needed. The sleek black case Buffalo uses will easily slip into a spare pocket in your bag or backpack, but the best part of this portable drive is that it supports USB 3.0 for ridiculously fast transfer rates (assuming you have USB 3.0 ports, of course).This is a drive you can pick up now and use for years to come, with its cavernous capacity and top shelf technology. Snag it now for $10 cheaper than we’ve ever seen it and start backing up your data like a good PC owner.Buy the MiniStation Stealth from Logic Buylast_img read more

Apple Steve Wozniak réagit à la démission de Steve Jobs

first_imgApple : Steve Wozniak réagit à la démission de Steve Jobs Au lendemain de l’annonce de la démission de Steve Jobs, son ancien partenaire Steve Wozniak, le co-fondateur d’Apple, a réagi à la nouvelle qui secoue la Silicon Valley. Il ne tarit pas d’éloges au sujet de celui avec qui il a crée la firme à la pomme il y a déjà 35 ans.Plus de 35 ans après avoir fondé Apple, Steve Jobs a décidé de renoncer aux rênes de la firme à la pomme. Depuis l’annonce de sa démission, à laquelle la maladie l’a contraint, les réactions se succèdent. Ainsi, son partenaire Steve Wozniak, co-fondateur d’Apple, a lui aussi commenté la nouvelle. À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?”On se souviendra de lui dans les cent prochaines années comme le meilleur chef d’entreprise de notre temps”, a-t-il affirmé à Bloomberg (lien non disponible). “Il va surveiller l’entreprise pendant un moment, en espérant qu’elle soit sur de bons rails… Pour une société aussi grande qu’Apple, la culture d’entreprise ne change pas en une nuit. La qualité des gens ne changera pas” assure celui qui a quitté la firme de Cupertino en 1985, neuf ans après sa création.Steve Wozniak a également évoqué la relation qu’il entretenait avec Steve Jobs, et la manière dont ils travaillaient ensemble. “Steve Jobs pensait très rapidement et voulait faire les choses, tandis que je voulais créer quelque chose” explique-t-il. Steve Wozniak a été actif au sein d’Apple durant les premières années durant lesquelles ses compétences ont permis de créer de nombreux produits. Aujourd’hui, il est toujours ami avec Steve Jobs, précise Gizmodo. Redécouvrez en images les inventions révolutionnaires de la firme à la pomme Le 25 août 2011 à 16:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Et si la tendance à la paresse était écrite dans les gènes

first_imgEt si la tendance à la paresse était écrite dans les gènes ? Une nouvelle étude pourrait expliquer pourquoi certaines personnes rechignent à sortir de leur canapé. D’après des travaux menés sur des rats, elles pourraient simplement être génétiquement prédisposées à la paresse.Vous avez du mal à vous motiver pour aller faire un peu de sport ? Vous avez l’impression que votre canapé ne cesse de vous tendre les bras ? Maintenant, vous avez peut-être une bonne excuse à fournir à ceux qui tentent de vous extirper de votre paresse. En effet, d’après une nouvelle étude publiée dans la revue American Journal of Physiology, vos gènes pourraient être responsable de ce comportement. Autrement dit, vous seriez génétiquement prédisposé à être plutôt paresseux.Pour en arriver à cette conclusion, les chercheurs américains, auteurs de l’étude, ont mené une expérience sur une cinquantaine de rats. Pendant six jours, ils ont placé les rongeurs dans des cages comportant des roues, destinées à leur faire faire un peu d’exercice. Ils ont alors observé à quelle fréquence et pendant combien de temps chaque rat utilisait sa roue. Puis ils ont regroupé d’un côté, tous les rongeurs qui paraissaient plutôt “sportifs” et de l’autre, tous ceux qui avaient davantage rechigné à galoper sur leur roue.Les rats divisés, les chercheurs les ont alors fait se reproduire en respectant scrupuleusement les groupes “sportifs” et “paresseux”. Au total, ils ont ainsi donné naissance à 10 générations aboutissant à plusieurs lignées : la plus active avait une tendance à courir dix fois plus importante que la plus paresseuse des lignées. 36 gènes potentiellement impliqués dans la paresse  Pour expliquer cette différence, l’équipe a comparé les caractéristiques physiques des groupes de rats, leur profil ADN ainsi que leurs cellules musculaires et plus précisément, le taux de mitochondries qui s’y trouvaient. Ce sont ces structures qui fabriquent l’énergie dans les cellules.”Tandis que nous avons trouvé des différences mineures dans la composition du corps et les taux de mitochondries dans les cellules musculaires des rats, la chose la plus importante que nous ayons identifiée est la différence génétique entre les deux lignées de rats”, explique dans un communiqué Michael Roberts, principal auteur de l’étude et post-doctorant au University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine.Mais ce chercheur et ses collègues ne se sont pas arrêtés là : “parmi plus de 17.000 gènes différents dans une partie du cerveau, nous avons identifié 36 gènes qui pourraient jouer un rôle dans la prédisposition à la motivation pour l’activité physique”, ajoute Michael Roberts, cité par LiveScience. Ceci ouvre ainsi la possibilité que les scientifiques étudient chaque gène afin de constater lequel (ou lesquels) joue(nt) réellement un rôle dans la prédisposition à la paresse.Une piste pour lutter contre l’obésité ?Néanmoins, ce n’est pas la première fois que les scientifiques évoquent l’existence possible d’un gène de la paresse. En 2011, des études avaient déjà permis de mettre en évidence deux gènes qui, s’ils étaient “éteints”, transformaient les rongeurs actifs en véritables mollassons. Les deux gènes en question jouent un rôle dans la transformation par les muscles des sucres en énergie.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Les souris aiment courir. Alors que les souris normales pouvaient courir des kilomètres, celles privées de gènes dans leurs muscles, ne pouvaient courir que jusqu’au bout du couloir et revenir. C’était remarquable”, avait indiqué l’an dernier Gregory Steinberg de la McMaster University. Mais avec leur nouvelle recherche, Michael Roberts sont repartis de zéro et sont également arrivés à la conclusion que les gènes pouvaient jouer un rôle dans le comportement paresseux. Reste maintenant à savoir si ceci est également valable chez l’humain. Si tel est le cas, les chercheurs ont expliqué que cela pourrait aider à identifier certains causes de l’obésité et du surpoids important, en particulier chez les adolescents. “Ce serait très utile de savoir si une personne est génétiquement prédisposée à montrer un manque de motivation à l’exercice, parce que cela pourrait potentiellement la rendre plus susceptible de devenir obèse”, a commenté Frank Booth qui a participé à la nouvelle étude.  Le 9 avril 2013 à 17:19 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Approved Over 8Million for 20152016 Budget Year

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:budget, government, pnp Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’ Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 18 Nov 2015 – Government will get an additional $8,130,002 to further finance the budget and the details of how the funds will be used have been published in the national Gazette. The extra $8.1 million will mean more money for Tourism which gets $100,000 extra for the Ministry and $250,000 more for the TCI Tourist Board. There is an increase too for DEMA with an augmentation of $50,000. There will be about $130,000 more for the Attorney General’s Chambers, just under a million more for the Police Force and an extra $17,000 for Border Control and $110,000 for Immigration. A landmark move will see just under $30,000 go to special needs of the country; the Education Minister announced last week in the House of Assembly that the policy is now completed for Spoecial Needs. There is less money, however, going to the Long Bay High, $53,000 and $400,000 was taken from the Development Fund, this figure lines up with the repair costs announced by Minister George Lightbourne following Hurricane Joaquin. Getting the biggest boost in the budget supplementary approval is the judiciary with an additional $2,094,500.last_img read more

PRESS STATEMENT Delivered By The Hon Premier Sharlene Cartwright Robinson

first_img The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 25, 2017 – The Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands is saddened over this recent event involving the death of persons found in the waters of the Turk and Caicos Islands in what can only be described as a tragedy. We offer our condolences to the people of Haiti and the Haitian community here in these Islands.We must however use this experience to call on the Haitian community to consider seriously the risk of loss of life. This experience must remind this community of the dangerous journey between our countries. It also brings again to national dialogue the matter of human trafficking. The truth is someone profits from this dangerous voyage with reports of persons paying large sums of monies for an opportunity for the life that is sold to them. This cannot be tolerated and we as a new Government will take bold steps to address what has become a serious concern for us as a people. We reiterate the statement made by this country when we passed the anti – human trafficking laws: we will not and cannot tolerate this practice and will do what we must to ensure those engaged in this criminal activity are dealt with to the fullest extent of the law. We must also use this opportunity to speak to those living in the Turks and Caicos Islands who encourage persons to take this illegal and dangerous journey. This experience again must encourage you to reconsider your role. We have in recent years detained those who have entered illegally who have come to shore with local numbers for relatives and friends. I wish to remind you that encouragement or harboring of these illegal landings and illegal immigrants is against the laws of the land. Finally we wish for persons to take our message forward for those that are considering this journey and those that are determined to disregard the laws of the land, our new Government will take bold steps and will strengthen efforts and resources for a border protection system that will not take this issue lightly. We cannot relent into a state of hopelessness. Whilst we are saddened at this great loss of human life, measures must be put in place to protect persons from themselves, potential victims from human traffickers and our borders from breaches by illegal entrants. We join the Police in their call for assistance.  No one stands to gain in the continuance of this practice and firm policy positions will be taken and strict enforcement of the laws of these lands will follow. We must again appeal to the relatives and friends living in these Islands and in Haiti to discourage your family and friends to place value on the lives of your loved ones.All lives are precious and over the next few days we are asking for assistance to help to identify those who have lost their lives in this recent tragedy. Within the last month, our Government has recorded three illegal sloops making landfall and this issue continues to plague these Islands as already limited resources is having to be directed towards detention and repatriation costs. We will also seek to strengthen our regional and international relationships in a multi country and multi prong approach to addressing this long standing issue. We will work with the Haitian Consulate and the Governor’s Office to continue the dialogue on this issue with the newly elected Haitian Government as a matter of urgency. We will nonetheless do what we must as a country to protect our borders. On a final note, the Minister of Border Control and I visited the scene yesterday together with the Commissioner of Police and were welcomed by exhausted but committed men and women of a joint operation. Other ministerial colleagues with responsibility for disaster, health and infrastructure has also showed their support to this hardworking team. We are grateful to the members of the Joint Response Team for the dignity with which they have carried out this daunting task. Again I must call on all people to act responsibly and to respect the rights of the victims and their families. This call comes on the heel of my receiving several times over images of human bodies. Let’s be kind in this regard.Press Release: TCIG Press Office#MagneticMediaNews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Recommended for you ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTlast_img read more

San Diego County fights for Amazons second headquarters

first_img KUSI Newsroom, October 10, 2017 KUSI Newsroom Posted: October 10, 2017 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to send a letter to Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos indicating a strong interest and willingness to explore possible incentives for the company if it builds its second headquarters in the region. The vote was unanimous with Supervisor Greg Cox saying the new headquarters could be built in unincorporated areas of the county. No mention was made as to what the incentives could be. Amazon’s mega-project has been a magnet for cities, states, provinces and counties that see the economic boost the online retail giant’s headquarters would bring to their localities.The company plans to spend more than $5 billion on what it calls HQ2, which would provide 50,000 new high-paying jobs and support thousands of construction and other related positions. That’s about 15,000 more jobs than the region’s life sciences industry, a key economic sector, according to a county staff report. Amazon already has a large presence in San Diego after leasing more than 100,000 square feet of office space in University City. But San Diego has stiff competition in the bidding war. New Jersey is working on legislation that would provide $5 billion in tax breaks and the City Council in Stonecrest, Georgia, near Atlanta, voted to de-annex 345 acres of land and call it the city of Amazon if the company moves in. Los Angeles and Irvine have expressed interest as well. The local bid is being coordinated by the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. Amazon is expected to announce a winner next year.  San Diego County fights for Amazon’s second headquarters Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Motion Passed To Censure Representative Knopp

first_imgRepresentative Knopp: “I’m okay with that, and I’ve represented my constituents to the best of my ability. This entire group there hardcore Republican party people, so I expected no other outcome. They’ll put a candidate up against me, and campaign against me, but I know I still have a lot of support in the district. We will see what happens in this next election.”  The move comes after Representative Knopp led a charge, along with other members of Alaska’s GOP, to form a majority with Democrat Speaker Bryce Edgmon. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Republican Party State Central Committee passed a motion to censure Kenai Representative Gary Knopp. The committee, which held a meeting in Kenai on Friday, was led by party chair Glenn Clary. Clary said he wrote a letter to Representative Knopp in February beseeching him and two other lawmakers to rejoin the Republicans in a 23-member majority.center_img In addition, a recall petition has begun circulating around the state to try to remove Knopp from his seat. Despite the pressure Knopp says he has no intentions of going anywhere. Clary: “There is a censoring motion in effect for Representative Gary Knopp. It basically puts him on notice, and it’s up to the district to decide what they want to do with it.” last_img read more

Uhoh Ja Rule might be planning a Fyre Festival followup

first_img Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $999 Sarah Tew/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. 0 See it 7 Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Read Google Home Hub review $60 at Best Buy TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $59 at eBay DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $6 at Tidal See It Share your voice Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview $999 Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $299 at Amazon Sprint Angela Lang/CNET Boost Mobile The Cheapskate JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $999 Share your voice Chris Monroe/CNET $155 at Google Express Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us).center_img See It Sarah Tew/CNET See It See at Amazon Read the Rylo camera preview Rylo $999 Read the AirPods review Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Music,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Post a comment Sarah Tew/CNET Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Best Buy Amazon Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $210 at Best Buy Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) See at Turo HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. The rapper was one of the founders of the 2017 Fyre Festival, which promised attendees gourmet meals, posh accommodations and access to top models and social media influencers. When folks arrived at the Bahamian location, they found disaster relief tents and sad cheese sandwiches. Meanwhile, Twitter had a good laugh about it all. Ja Rule describes it as “the most iconic festival that never was.”Festival organizer Billy McFarland is serving a six-year sentence for wire fraud charges. Ja Rule has denied accountability for the festival, which spawned two competing documentaries, released in January, from Hulu and Netflix. Ja Rule did not immediately respond to a request for comment. He told TMZ, though, that “in the midst of chaos, there’s opportunity.” $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Apple iPhone XS $520 at HP Comments Tags Ja Rule might not be out of the festival business just yet.  Scott Dudelson/Getty Images Brace yourselves. Rapper Ja Rule could be putting on another music festival.Asked whether he’d be interested in taking another shot at the now infamous Fyre Festival, the rapper told TMZ in a video published Friday, “I have plans to create the iconic festival, but you didn’t hear it from me.” The luxury music festival failed in a spectacularly public way thanks to the internet. Tags Turolast_img read more

Man killed in Coxs Bazar gunfight

first_img.A man was killed in what the law enforcers called a gunfight between two gangs in Maheshkhali upazila of Cox’s Bazar early Tuesday, reports UNB.Police identified the deceased as Shahabuddin, 25, son of Abdur Rahim, resident of Nunchhari village in Kolmarchhora union.A police team went to the hilly area of Shaplar Ful union in the upazila in the morning after learning about the gunfight and recovered the body, said Probash Chandra Dhar, officer-in-charge of Maheshkhali police station.Four firearms were also recovered from the site of the ‘gunfight’, he said.Shahabuddin was accused in a number of criminal cases, the OC added.Prothom Alo, however, could not verify the law enforcement’s version of the incident independently as no version of it was available immediately either from any witness or from any member of the victim’s family.last_img read more

Heat And A Hurricane Had A Big Impact On Texas Criminal Justice

first_imgTexas’ death penalty practices also led to legal challenges this year. In March, the U.S. Supreme Court made a major ruling against Texas, invalidating its method of determining whether a death-sentenced inmate was intellectually disabled — and therefore ineligible for execution. Bobby Moore’s case was sent back through the lower courts to Harris County after the justices said Texas’ method, which relied on nonclinical factors and outdated medical standards, was unconstitutional.After the ruling, multiple cases of inmates sentenced to death were suddenly open for new litigation, and at least two men had their sentences changed to life in prison. Last month, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg asked the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to reduce Moore’s sentence to life in prison, and also sent her own proposal on how the state should determine intellectual disabilities in the future.Harris County has also been at the center of a federal lawsuit on cash bail and its use among poor misdemeanor defendants. In April, a federal judge ruled that the county’s pretrial practices unconstitutionally detained poor people who couldn’t afford their bonds while releasing similar defendants who had enough cash.That ruling called for the release of all misdemeanor defendants within 24 hours of arrest regardless of their ability to pay bond. It went into effect in June, and counties across the state are monitoring as the lawsuit winds through appeals. Any final ruling could affect bail practices throughout the state and nation.At the CapitolAt the Texas Legislature, statewide bail reform efforts failed. A bill by state Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, would have sped up the process of releasing jailed defendants who are deemed less likely to skip court or commit new crimes.Some other criminal justice reform efforts failed despite bipartisan support, including measures to raise the age at which a young offender is considered an adult and clamp down on civil asset forfeiture.The bills that did make it out of the Legislature generally focused on policing. One new law will require high schoolers to undergo training on how to interact with police, and another enforced an existing statute requiring departments to report police shootings to the state by creating penalties for failing to do so. Police also became eligible for about $25 million in grant funding to equip local departments with bulletproof vests, and attacks on law enforcement or judges are now classified as hate crimes.But the criminal justice bill that got the most attention also had the most recognizable name: the Sandra Bland Act. The bill focused on mental health treatment in county jails, requiring independent agencies to investigate jail deaths and making it easier for mentally ill defendants to be released from jail.It was named after a black woman who is believed to have committed suicide in her jail cell three days after a controversial traffic stop led to her arrest. Originally, the legislation also addressed racial profiling by police, but most of that language was stripped out because of opposition from law enforcement groups. Share In July, a federal judge ruled that the lack of air conditioning at the Pack Unit — a prison southeast of College Station where temperatures regularly exceed 100 degrees — constituted cruel and unusual punishment. Nearly two dozen inmates have died from heat stroke in Texas prisons in the last two decades. Almost 75 percent of those prisons don’t have air conditioning in the areas where inmates live.The judge ordered that all medically sensitive inmates at the Pack Unit be moved somewhere with air conditioning, sparking a major inmate shuffle in August. But with Harvey approaching, prison officials had to evacuate some coastal prisons and looked to the nearly empty Pack Unit for temporary housing. That decision roped the evacuees sent there into the existing lawsuit — meaning the department had to move hundreds of medically sensitive inmates again. Legal battlesAs states across the nation struggle with shortages of execution drugs — the result of fewer manufacturers willing to make them — Texas has been fightingwith the federal government to obtain lethal doses from India.In March, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration officially ruled that the drugs were barred from entry into the country. Texas quickly asked the courts to intervene, calling the ruling unlawful. In a filing last month, the FDA said it was discussing possible resolutions with Texas.In the meantime, The Texas Tribune is regularly tracking the supply of lethal drugs in the state that accounted for the most executions in 2017.center_img Jolie McCullough/Texas TribuneInmates shuffle past new fans in the Darrington prison’s main hallway on a hot July day.Inmates shuffle past new fans in the Darrington prison’s main hallway on a hot July day.Focusing largely on policing, this year’s legislative reforms surrounding Texas’ justice system aimed to keep law enforcement safe and accountable. Outside of the Capitol, the big headlines of the year centered on prison safety and fairness in criminal courts. Here’s a look at some of 2017’s top criminal justice stories. Weather woesHurricane Harvey has touched almost every aspect of state policy, and the criminal justice system is no exception.After the hurricane crashed into the Texas coast late this summer, sending floodwaters soaring, five prisons were evacuated and nearly 6,000 inmates were shipped off to drier units. This already difficult relocation process was further complicated when hundreds of evacuated inmates ended up at a notoriously hot prison, one that was already at the center of an ongoing lawsuit.last_img read more

Go bling

first_imgA three day long wedding extravaganza Wedding Asia 2013 at Hotel Ashok promises to get you prepared for the upcoming trends at weddings. It will be held between 19 to 21 July. Wedding Asia is not just a showcase exhibiting the finest from the world of the quintessential Indian wedding but also a platform to give impetus to the business of Fashion by addressing the fashion requirements of the fraternity to keep it at par with international standards. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’All the connoisseurs of luaury will get a chance to intermingle, network and buy the brands.  It has evolved to be the most sought after destination for wedding planning among its patrons, where a couple would have access to all the trends for the coming season and an opportunity to experience and interact with the leading brands from the arena of weddings, fashion & lifestyle. All leading players from the arena of lifestyle and weddings would come together to provide complete wedding solutions.last_img read more

How Disruptive TV Changed the Way Providers Market

first_img Register Now » 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. April 14, 2016 Since the dawn of Netflix and other online streaming services, we’ve seen a change in how people consume media. As the landscape continues to change, with streaming services competing against network and cable TV with their own series, cable and satellite companies are getting more creative with marketing to retain customers.Cutting the cord: Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime.Studies show the number of people cutting the cord is rising, with 4.9 million fewer U.S. households subscribing to cable or satellite services than the year before, and that number is expected to increase another 12.5 percent in 2016, with steady losses until 2019.Related: Looking to Cut the Cable Cord? Dish Network’s Sling TV Is Now Available to EveryoneThat’s a result of streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime video, along with standalone offerings from HBO making it easier for people to watch what they want, when they want. Since devices like Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV, as well as Blu-Ray players and gaming consoles allow people to stream content to their TVs, rather than tying them to the computer to watch – it’s easy to get the shows you want to see without having to pay a cable bill.There are, however, some people who still keep paid cable TV service, but opt for a smaller channel package and supplement with digital streaming services. Cord “shavers” are also more common than in the past, with basic packages representing 12 percent of pay-TV subscriptions, compared to just 8 percent to 10 percent a few years ago.But, data also shows more Americans will subscribe to TV services provided through telecom companies, as they’ve done a better job marketing their services, with the segment expected to jump 1.8 percent in 2016.Network TV at a fraction of the cost.Even though people are opting to completely ditch cable TV service in favor of streaming services, SlingTV offers the best of both worlds. For as little as $20 per month, with the option to add-on extra channels for $5 per month, or HBO for $15 per month, consumers can get around having to pay a hefty cable bill, while still getting their favorite content from channels like Food Network, TBS, HGTV, History Channel, ESPN and more.Related: Brands Must Embrace Cable Cord-Cutters for Marketing EffectivenessThe caveat is, only one TV can view it at a time — so there’s no luxury of everyone in the house watching separate things at the same time. That’s where traditional Digital TV subscriptions still have the upper hand.How digital TV providers are fighting for market share.To keep the competition fierce and help convince people to keep their cable and satellite TV subscriptions, companies are offering extra perks to sweeten the deal. And for many providers, it’s working.SuddenLink, for instance, offers what they call the VIP Perk Program. Subscribers who elect to get their bundle with digital TV service, Internet, and phone are automatically enrolled in the program. It includes:Special discountsPeriodic free moviesTV Caller IDPriority service – a separate customer service number to ensure calls are answered fastSurprise perks – exclusive sneak previews and discounts on new products and servicesCharter may have retired their Live it With Charter rewards program where customers earned points redeemable for products based on the amount of their monthly bill, but that doesn’t mean they’ve stopped trying to woo customers. Now, they’re offering to pay up to $500 to buy people out of service contracts with competing providers. Plus, they run limited time only only specials to include freebies – such as installation or DVR service.Related: 7 Technologies That Are Disrupting the Cable TV BusinessDirecTV doesn’t offer a customer loyalty program, instead locking customers into a two-year contract. But, for that first year, customers are given discounts on their packages, and the NFL Sunday Ticket, which provides access to all out-of-market games, except those that the NFL blacks out for the entire season. They’re under contract with the NFL as the only provider for this package, which gives them a competitive edge among football fans. An upgraded version of the package allows for access via mobile device. They’ve also got similar packages for other sports, including MLB Extra Innings, NBA League Pass, and NHL Center Ice.Beyond this, many providers are also making it possible to watch TV on-the-go, on your tablet, laptop, or phone, offering the same freedom and flexibility as streaming services.Whether you’re still paying for a digital TV subscription, shaving the cord in favor of streaming services but not ready to cut it, or have abandoned paid cable completely, media companies are still vying for your attention, and that will likely never change.Where do you stand? Do you still pay for cable? Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

Allure of the Seas squeezes under Store Belt Bridge

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F It was a tight squeeze but the $1.5 billion Allure of the Seas managed to sail under the Store Belt Bridge in Denmark on its maiden voyage to Ft. Lauderdale over the weekend  – with just 20 inches to spare. That’s some pretty nifty manouvering (I’ll never complain about a tight reverse park ever  again!) but according to the Captain Hernan Zini it was all in a day’s work.”The normal height of the ship from the water level to the top is about 73 meters (240 feet),” Zini told CNN. “But the vessel couldn’t be higher than 65 meters (213 feet) in order to safely go under the bridge.””We were all holding a breath there for a moment,” said Harrison Liu, spokesman for Royal Caribbean. “But there is plenty of room for variation, based on the speed of the ship, whether the smoke stacks are lowered, number of passengers on the ship and other variables.”last_img read more