Nova Scotians Receive Diamond Jubilee Medals

first_imgEleven deserving Nova Scotians were recognized with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal today, July 10, for their contributions to the province. Premier Darrell Dexter presented the medals at a ceremony in Bridgewater. “The Diamond Jubilee Medal celebrates outstanding contributions made by Canadians and Nova Scotians,” said Premier Dexter. “Today’s recipients are making Nova Scotia a better place to live, and are great examples of what can be achieved when you get involved in your community.” The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal commemorates the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the Throne, and honours her service and dedication to Canada. Hundreds of Nova Scotians will be honoured throughout the year with the Diamond Jubilee Medal. Today’s recipients were nominated by the premier. The medal recipients are: “Our son Garret is already back in the Dominican Republic, volunteering his time and efforts to help others,” said Garret Fancy’s father LeRoy, who, with mother Marcia, accepted the medal on their son’s behalf. “We’re sure that if he were here today, he’d say what an honour it is to receive the Diamond Jubilee medal. We are very proud of our son and are happy to accept this medal on his behalf.” Throughout the year, the Diamond Jubilee medal will be awarded to 60,000 deserving Canadians. For more information on the Diamond Jubilee and the medal, visit http://novascotia.ca/diamondjubilee . Mrs. Geraldine Ann (Geri) Allen (Chester) Mr. Jamie Belong (Liverpool) Miss Meghan Brodmann (Blockhouse) Mrs. Christina Isabelle Brown (Bridgewater) Ms. Agnes Clinton (Chester Basin) Ms. Dora Creaser (Riverport) Miss Elizabeth Durnford (Lunenburg) Mr. Garret Fancy (Bridgewater) Mrs. Nora Nauss (New Germany) Ms. Janice Arlene Rafuse (East Chester) Mrs. Charlotte Marie White (Liverpool)last_img read more

STRATFORD FESTIVAL TACKLES GENDER BY CASTING WOMEN IN LEAD MALE ROLES

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement Martha Henry is one of two women playing male lead roles at the Stratford Festival this year. She will be Prospero in The Tempest — the same play that launched her career at Stratford. (David Hou/Stratford Festival) Login/Register With: For the first time ever on the Stratford Festival’s main stage, two women will play male lead roles.But the opening night performance of The Tempest was cancelled after the festival received a bomb threat.When the play does open, Martha Henry, arguably one of Canada’s most esteemed theatre actors, will be playing Prospero. For Henry, now 80, that means that instead of her career being over, she’s now performing the role of a lifetime.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Henry’s first role at Stratford was in 1962 — and it was The Tempest, too. She appeared as Miranda opposite William Hutt in the lead as Prospero. Now she’s come full circle, playing Prospero as a woman, and mother, opposite the young Mamie Zwettler as her daughter Miranda. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Blueberry River First Nations tap water is now safe

first_img – Before using your water, run all the cold water faucets for one minute. – Remove all screens on your faucet and clean them in soap and water and then rinse. – Run all drinking fountains for one full minute. – If you have a water softener, run it through a regeneration cycle and be sure to check your owners manual for additional minutes.The First Nations Health Authority shares after you have followed all of the above instructions the tap water is safe to use.For more information, contact Health Centre, Environment Health Officer and/or Chief and Council FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The ban on drinking tap water for the Blueberry River First Nation has now been lifted.The First Nations Health Authority shares, corrective measure have been taken, Blueberry tap water was re-tested and it was determined that the previous lab-reported nitrate levels were inaccurate due to a sampling error. A wrong preservative in the sampling bottle caused an inaccurate result. Nitrate levels were re-tested at four locations in Blueberry on February 19, 2019, and all were satisfactory, so the tap water has always been safe.The following steps are to ensure your water is safe for drinking;last_img read more

Regulators ban shortterm binary options to protect Canadians from fraud

CALGARY — Canadian securities regulators have banned short-term binary options, in which investors bet on whether the value of an asset will increase or decrease in timeframes as short as hours or even minutes.The implementation of Multilateral Instrument 91-102 Prohibition of Binary Options makes it illegal to advertise, offer, sell or otherwise trade binary options shorter than 30 days with any individual.The Canadian Securities Administrators said the ban supports its efforts, which include working with credit-card companies, tech companies and advertisers that binary options fraudsters rely on to carry out their schemes.Binary options take the form of a wager in which investors bet on the performance of an underlying asset, often a currency, commodity, stock index or share — after which they either receive a predetermined payout or lose the entire amount.But in many instances no actual trading occurs and the transaction takes place for the sole purpose of stealing money. In addition, those who have provided credit or personal information to binary options sites frequently fall victim to identity theft.The firms and individuals involved in the operation of binary options trading platforms are often located overseas.“Binary options are the leading type of investment fraud facing Canadians today, and the impact of this kind of scam on individuals is staggering,” said Louis Morisset, chair of the CSA and CEO of Quebec’s Autorite des marches financiers.“This ban positions the CSA among the world leaders in fighting back against binary options fraud and represents an important step in protecting Canadians. It conveys a clear message that these products are unsuitable for individuals because of their risky characteristics and that their trading is illegal.”Before making a decision to invest in any product, the CSA encourages all investors to visit aretheyregistered.ca to check the registration of a person or company offering the investment. read more

Over 230 skeletons recovered from Mannar mass grave

Human rights groups say at least 20,000 people disappeared during Sri Lanka’s long civil war which ended in 2009. A court ordered detailed excavations at the site – a former co-operative depot near the main bus terminus – after human remains were found by workers digging foundations for a new building earlier this year.It is still not clear who the victims were or how they died. The 26-year war between troops and separatist Tamil rebels left at least 100,000 people dead. While Mannar town remained mostly under army control during the civil war, Tamil Tiger rebels dominated its surrounding areas and many other parts of the district. The military captured the entire district after ferocious battles which ended almost 10 years ago.After the remains are uncovered, they are transferred to the custody of the court in Mannar, which will decide what should happen next once the excavation is complete.A number of mass graves have been unearthed in Sri Lanka’s former war zone since the conflict ended. Sri Lankan experts say a mass grave found earlier this year in the north-western town of Mannar has turned out to be the country’s biggest such site, the BBC reported.More than 230 skeletons have now been found at the grave in the former war zone, up from about 90 in August. The remains of 96 people were discovered in 2014 at a site in another part of Mannar – adjacent to Thiruketheeswaram, a prominent Hindu temple.But four years on there’s still no clarity in that case either, about who was killed and by whom. (Colombo Gazette) “We have excavated more than 230 skeletons so far,” said Professor Raj Somadeva, a forensic archaeologist from the University of Kelaniya near Colombo who leads the team at the site. “According to my experience this is the largest mass grave ever excavated.”He said that apart from the human remains, the archaeologists had also found porcelain, ceramic and metal objects, in addition to some jewellery worn by the victims.“The bones are scattered and [it’s] very difficult to trace the stature of the bodies,” Prof Somadeva told the BBC. “And some bones were missing…it’s chaotic.” The town of Mannar is dominated by ethnic minority Tamils and community leaders says hundreds of people from the region went missing during the decades-long conflict between Sri Lankan security forces and Tamil Tiger rebels. read more

Man charged in Saskatoon with sexually assaulting 17yearold girl

A 20-year-old man has been accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl and administering a noxious substance.According to Saskatoon police, an investigation by the sex crimes unit began on Sept. 14 after the 17 year old reported being sexually assaulted by an acquaintance at his home. The following day, a 20-year-old man was arrested without incident and charged with aggravated sexual assault, administering a noxious substance and threats to cause death or bodily harm, police said in a news release.The 20-year-old man appeared Friday in Saskatoon provincial court.

Research in Motion shares drop as head of global sales resigns from

by The Canadian Press Posted May 24, 2012 4:41 pm MDT Research in Motion shares drop as head of global sales resigns from company TORONTO – Shares of Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) closed at their lowest price since late 2003 on Thursday after the BlackBerry maker’s head of global sales resigned.A spokeswoman for the company confirmed that Patrick Spence has left his role after holding various positions at the company for the past 14 years.“Patrick will be taking on a leadership position in a different industry,” said Tenille Kennedy in a prepared e-mail statement.RIM’s stock was off 39 cents, or 3.43 per cent, to $10.98 at the close of trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.At its height the stock was trading at more than $148 in 2008, when RIM was briefly the most valuable company on the Toronto exchange.Spence had a hand in the launch of RIM’s early pager devices and later the BlackBerry’s meteoric rise to one of the world’s best-selling smartphones.Before being promoted to the global sales position last July he was a managing director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.He leaves his position at RIM as the company heads into the crucial period leading up to the launch of its new line of smartphones later this year.The BlackBerry 10 platform is seen as an important part of RIM’s attempt to compete against the likes of Apple’s iPhone and devices using Google’s Android operating system.Spence’s exit also follows the appointment of two veterans from the mobile computing industry earlier this month.Former Sony Mobile Communications executive Kristian Tear takes the role of chief operating officer this summer, and will also handle the sales responsibilities, Kennedy said.In the meantime, chief executive Thorsten Heins will handle the sales role.Frank Boulben will become RIM’s chief marketing officer after working as executive vice-president of strategy, marketing and sales for LightSquared.Earlier this month the Waterloo, Ont., tech giant gave a first glimpse of its much-anticipated new operating software at its annual developer conference in Orlando, Fla.The BlackBerry 10 OS prototype was handed to developers in the hope of getting them onside and writing applications for the system, but it won’t hit the market for several months.RIM is contending with relentless speculation about a potential takeover, partly due to its weak share price. Heins has said plans are to move forward with developing its operating system and unveiling the new devices later this year.Analysts are generally in agreement that it’ll take a showcase of new products before any of them even consider a stronger vote of confidence. Even then, RIM will likely to face further skepticism until the first round of sales numbers are released and that probably won’t happen until early next year. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Megatron May Retire But He Isnt Washed Up

Based on data from Pro-football-reference.com 2Antonio Brown27PIT6,016 6Demaryius Thomas28DEN4,330 5Calvin Johnson30DET4,355 8Eric Decker28NYJ4,142 4A.J. Green27CIN4,816 Projected future yards, active wide receivers age 25+ And though 2015 certainly wasn’t the best year of Johnson’s career, he hasn’t shown any unusual swings in his production — even the “cliff” after his record-setting 1,964 yards in 2012 is consistent with regression to the mean (not to mention he missed several games yet scored far more touchdowns) — and is still well above average.Retirements by receivers still producing at a level as high as Johnson are almost nonexistent. The closest example is probably Packers receiver Sterling Sharpe, who had to retire after a severe neck injury at age 29. Sharpe finished his career with 8,134 receiving yards and 65 receiving touchdowns, while Johnson has 11,619 receiving yards and 83 receiving touchdowns. Johnson’s total is actually the second-most yards by a receiver by age 30 since the merger, and most of the other top receivers on that list still had thousands of yards ahead of them: (Note that combining Johnson’s current receiving yards with his projections would put him ahead of Terrell Owens for second on the all-time yards list behind Rice, though Larry Fitzgerald and Brandon Marshall both project even higher totals than Johnson.)If Johnson ultimately decides to leave, good for him. If he ultimately decides to stay, good for football. 10Larry Fitzgerald32ARI3,957 Of course, both of these curves are skewed by Jerry Rice. Moreover, Johnson has had to shoulder a heavy burden in his career. So, I experimented with a number of variables to predict production among NFL players in their late 20s and beyond (call it back-of-the-envelope modeling). I found that — in addition to age — the most recent season is the most significant predictor, but that both past performance and burden are statistically meaningful as well.2I wanted to account for all of present season performance, past performance, how explosive the player has been, and how much of a load they’ve had to carry — all while remaining predictive and statistically sound — in a short period of time. Ultimately, the model that paid some tribute to all of those factors and performed best among those I tested was a linear model using age, yards and TDs gained in the present year, total TDs prior to the current year, and total receptions prior to and including the current year: lm(aftYds ~ Age + Yds + TD + cumTDs + thruRec, data=wrseas[Year<=2011 & Age>=25]. There is likely much room to improve on this, but it works as a first pass.With all of this taken into account, the balance of Johnson’s career projects to be the fifth-most productive among those of active NFL receivers age 25 and older: 3Brandon Marshall31NYJ5,050 1Julio Jones26ATL6,213 Further, Johnson’s 1,214 yards this season are the 14th-most for a 30-year-old since the merger. Production as a 30-year-old is a pretty good predictor of future career success for receivers, and it also suggests that Johnson might have 4,000-plus yards left in him: 7Doug Baldwin27SEA4,293 This rumor has been around for a while, but ESPN reported more details Sunday about the Calvin Johnson retirement saga, citing sources who suggest Johnson is “content” with his decision to call it quits. Johnson may have his reasons — health-related or otherwise — to retire, and he can do what he pleases. (I, for one, enjoy seeing players come and go for the sheer information value of it all.) But whatever is going on, it should be clear this isn’t a matter of Megatron’s career having run its natural course.Johnson, who won’t turn 31 until September, would be one of the most shocking retirements since fellow Detroit legend Barry Sanders bowed out of the league after the 1998 season. But Sanders – also 30 at the time and considered by some to be in his prime – had just matched the lowest yards per attempt of his career for a 5-11 team. And more importantly, he was a running back. Running backs don’t age nearly as well as receivers.Since the 1970 merger, there have been 294 seasons of 1,200-plus rushing yards and just 24 of them came from running backs aged 30 or older. Meanwhile, there have been 258 seasons of 1,200-plus receiving yards, with 56 by players aged 30 or older. While most starting receivers are usually in their mid-to-late 20s, we do start seeing significant attrition around the 30-year mark. It isn’t surprising that non-productive older receivers are quickly replaced by younger, cheaper alternatives. But for those with the skill and good fortune to stick around, there isn’t any drop-off in average performance.Here’s how Johnson compares to the gaggle of receivers who started the majority of a season since 19701I know there are more advanced wide receiver statistics than “yards,” but I’m not certain any are significantly more predictive of future career prospects.: 9Jeremy Maclin27KAN4,069 RANKPLAYERAGETEAMYARDS read more

Giant Japanese tech investor SoftBank buys into Nemaska Lithium

first_imgNemaska Lithium Inc has provided further details on its project financing plans and to announce that it has entered into an investment agreement with SoftBank Group Corp for a private placement of common share subscription receipts at a price of C$1.12 per Receipt for aggregate gross proceeds of up to C$99,075,000.“The Corporation’s March 28, 2018 press release outlined its overall project financing plans to raise between $775 million and $825 million to fund the construction and commissioning of its Whabouchi Mine and Shawinigan Plant project and for general working capital. The Placement proceeds will therefore be an important component of the equity portion of the Project Financing as the Corporation continues to work on various complementary financing alternatives, including a $300-350 million debt financing and a $150 million streaming facility for which the Corporation expects to provide further details in the short-term, both combined with additional private and/or public equity offerings. Under the Investment Agreement, SoftBank will acquire up to 9.9% of Nemaska Lithium’s outstanding common shares after giving effect to the consummation of the Project Financing.”“Upon the completion of this transaction, SoftBank will be a new esteemed shareholder and customer for Nemaska Lithium and we are very pleased to welcome its team to our shareholder base and eventually welcome its nominee to our Board,” said Guy Bourassa, President and CEO of Nemaska Lithium. “As a global technology pioneer and leader, SoftBank’s culture of innovation melds very well with our own corporate values and is a clear endorsement of our approach to producing environmentally friendly, low-cost lithium compounds.”“This investment in Nemaska is of monumental importance to the SoftBank Group’s strategy,” said Masayoshi Son, Chairman & CEO of SoftBank Group Corp. “We are extremely pleased to be further accelerating the Mobile Revolution, an era of IoT (Internet of Things) and electric vehicles enabled by the fusion of technology and energy storage.”Completion of the Placement is subject to customary escrow release conditions for this type of transaction, including approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange. The closing of the Placement is expected to occur on or about 10 days following the April 6 announcement.The gross proceeds from the Placement will be held in escrow and, once the escrow release conditions will be satisfied or waived (which include raising additional equity, concluding the streaming facility agreement and securing debt financing commitments), each Receipt shall be automatically converted into one (1) Share and the net proceeds of the Placement will be released to the Corporation. If the escrow release conditions have not been satisfied or waived by August 6, 2018, the Receipts will be automatically cancelled and funds will revert to SoftBank.Upon release of the Placement proceeds to the Corporation and for so long as SoftBank holds at least 5% of the outstanding Shares, an agreement providing SoftBank with a right of first offer to purchase up to 20% of the lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate produced at the Shawinigan Plant from the spodumene concentrate coming from the Whabouchi Mine, will be effective and all purchases will be at pre-agreed discounts applicable to a pre-determined market price-based formula. SoftBank will also be entitled to one nominee as director of Nemaska Lithium and has been granted a pre-emptive right to participate in any further equity offering as long as it holds at least 5% of the Shares then outstanding.SoftBank has agreed to customary standstill and support covenants and to either vote its Shares in favour of the slate of directors proposed to be elected by the Corporation or abstain from voting its Shares with respect to such matter; provided, however, that in no circumstances may SoftBank withhold any votes attached to any Shares with respect to such matter until the earlier of (a) September 1, 2020 and (b) the commencement of commercial production at the Whabouchi Mine and the Shawinigan Plant.last_img read more

Pro12 report Ulster maintain pace at summit with bonus point in Connacht

first_imgULSTER TIGHTENED THEIR grip on top spot of the RaboDirect Pro12 with an impressive 34-18 win over Connacht in Galway.With five tries on the board, the additional five points ensured that Glasgow Warriors remain four points behind the northern province after they too won out against the Ospreys in Scotstoun20-year-old centre Stuart Olding, Andrew Trimble, Rory Best, Tommy Bowe and Jared Payne all crossed the whitewash for Ulster with Ruan Pienaar adding nine points with the boot.The provinces shared five tries in a frenetic first half played in ideal conditions in The Sportsground.The Westerners got off to a flier in front of their vibrant support, George Naupo finding himself in acres of space from a Kieran Marmion pass after Pienaar was caught defending the open side.But by the 12th minute,  Connacht found themselves 5-12 down as Ulster showed their table-topping class to retake the lead with almost every back getting a hand on the ball thanks to Darren Cave’s break and pass. Trimble and Jared Payne ensured the flow continued to be fast and the Kiwi put Olding on a line in under the posts.Within minutes, Trimble had shown his pace and power to plunder a score in the right hand corner. But the see-saw flipped back against him when he shot up to hit Vainikolo with the ball, but failed to get a hand on the Tongan wing and he made his way to the line.Scoreless12-12 turned to 15-15 after Pienaar and Dan Parks had added their penalty prowess to the spectacle, but eight minutes before the break Best’s try gave the Springbok the platform to stretch the lead out to seven points.15-22 was how it stayed through half-time and only a Miah Nikora penalty had the scoreboard ticking in the 39 minutes between Ulster scores.Half a game without a score looked extremely improbable after a wide open first half. But Mark Anscombe had clearly sent his side out to quieten the game down in the second period and the did just that. Lewis Stevenson’s shadow claims a line-out. ©INPHO/James CrombieThe job was only fully complete with the bonus point and Bowe furthered his Lions case with the 71st minute score three minutes before Payne took Ulster over the 30 mark.The result leaves Leinster need a win away to Zebre to prevent Ulster sealing a home semi-final this weekend. Anscombe’s men finish the regular season at home to the Cardiff Blues on 3 May.Connacht, still with two games left to play under Eric Elwood, remain ninth in the table.Pro12 report: Munster fall to Dragons in WalesBrian O’Driscoll thinks Henry Shefflin is Ireland’s greatest ever athletelast_img read more

Grippe A fermeture des centres de vaccination dès la fin du mois

first_imgGrippe A : fermeture des centres de vaccination dès la fin du moisFrance – Le ministère de la Santé a annoncé la fermeture progressive des centres de vaccination d’ici au 30 janvier. Des centres intégrés aux établissements hospitaliers vont ouvrir en parallèle, mais c’est chez le médecin qu’il faudra désormais se faire vacciner.Dès le 1er février, les centres de vaccination de ville vont être définitivement fermés. Cette nouvelle évolution de la campagne de vaccination coïncide avec la mise à disposition des vaccins en pharmacie pour les médecins libéraux. Jusqu’à cette date, les médecins continueront à se rendre en centres de vaccination pour obtenir les doses.À lire aussiPaludisme : l’OMS lance un test de vaccin à grande échelle pour lutter contre la maladieToutefois, de nouveaux centres de vaccination vont être intégrés aux cent hôpitaux, sièges du Samu. Ils resteront ouverts jusqu’en septembre prochain. Le bon de vaccination reste nécessaire, quel que soit le lieu de vaccination. L’Assurance Maladie, certains médecins et pharmaciens peuvent en délivrer un nouveau si nécessaire.Si une première vague épidémique est désormais terminée sur notre territoire, d’autres vagues sont possibles. Les autorités sanitaires recommandent la poursuite du processus de vaccination afin d’accroître le degré d’immunité de la population et ainsi atténuer l’impact d’une possible nouvelle vague épidémique.Le 25 janvier 2010 à 10:57 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

US stocks post solid finish on encouraging economic data

first_imgStocks closed solidly higher on Wall Street Monday after a batch of encouraging global economic data kept investors in a buying mood.Financial and technology companies powered much of the rally, which extended the market’s gains from last week, when the benchmark S&P 500 closed out its best quarter in nearly a decade.In another hopeful sign, long-term bond yields rose above their recent lows, following a sharp drop last month that flashed a possible recession warning, rattling Wall Street.Those concerns were allayed Monday as new economic data suggested a brighter outlook for the U.S. economy. A gauge of U.S. manufacturing notched a big gain in March, while a separate report showed construction spending climbed in February. Meanwhile, an economic report out of China showed growth in exports, employment and orders.While the more encouraging data gave stocks a boost, the market could face some bumps ahead, said Liz Ann Sonders, chief investment strategist at Charles Schwab.“The hurdle in the near-term is still going to be earnings,” she said. “That’s the next important phase.”The S&P 500 gained 32.79 points, or 1.2%, to 2,867.19, notching a three-day winning streak.The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 329.74 points, or 1.3%, to 26,258.42. The Nasdaq composite climbed 99.59 points, or 1.3%, to 7,828.91. The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks picked up 16.33 points, for a 1.1% gain, to 1,556.06.last_img read more

Chelsea set to snatch Golovin from Juventus grasp

first_imgChelsea have reportedly entered negotiations with CSKA Moscow for Aleksandr Golovin in a £27m deal, claims the Daily TelegraphThe Russia international had been strongly linked with a move to Juventus prior to the beginning of this summer’s World Cup, but the Serie A champions have failed to reach an agreement with Golovin over the past few weeks.Following his impressive performances at the World Cup, the 22-year-old’s reputation has only enhanced and now Chelsea have leapfrogged Juventus in the for his signature.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.While the Blues are currently unsure over who will be charge at Stamford Bridge for next season, former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri remains the strong favourite to replace current manager Antonio Conte.With this in mind, Chelsea have already begun pursuing the Italian’s list of transfer targets with Golovin’s potential arrival having been given the green light by Sarri.Meanwhile, England international Ruben Loftus-Cheek faces an uncertain future and recently admitted that he may be forced to seek a move elsewhere in order to continue playing regularly after an impressive loan spell at Crystal Palace.last_img read more

Fireworks sales slot open

first_img• Applications can be picked up at the Fire Marshal’s Office, 505 N.W. 179th St. Ridgefield, or downloaded at http://www.clark.wa.gov/commdev/documents/firemarshal/lottery.pdf.• Applications may be sent to the Fire Marshal’s Office or faxed to 360-397-2076.The Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office is accepting applications for a coveted retail fireworks permit.Fire Marshal Jon Dunaway said the county will again issue only 41 permits this year but one permit is up for grabs because the person who received it last year did not follow though and set up a stand.Dunaway said that if the county didn’t mandate that every permit holder sell fireworks, then firework stand operators would try to hoard permits to decrease competition and increase their own sales.Dunaway expects between 250 and 300 applications for the permit.The winner will be selected by a drawing in February; the permit costs $100.Only one permit application will be accepted per person or organization. Both for-profit and nonprofit groups and people may apply.A county permit authorizes sales in unincorporated Clark County, where the population totals 207,000, Dunaway said. Population determines the number of permits, and once the population hits 210,000, the county will increase the number of permits to 42.Fireworks may be sold in unincorporated Clark County from noon on June 28 to 11 p.m. July 4 of each year. Popular sites for fireworks sales include Highway 99 in Hazel Dell and Northeast 117th Avenue from Sifton to Brush Prairie.Cities issue their own permits.Applications for the permit lottery are due by 5 p.m. Jan. 31; “postmarked by” doesn’t count.Dunaway said more permits may become available if current holders decide to give them up. He said he’ll know in early February whether any more permits are available.Stephanie Rice: 360-735-4508 or stephanie.rice@columbian.com.last_img read more

Police investigate shooting in Miami 1 injured

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police responded to the scene of a shooting in Miami, Monday night.According to Miami Police, a man was shot near Northwest Seventh Avenue and 46th Street.Police temporarily roped off the area near a store as they investigated.The subject is in stable condition, police said.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

FGG demands speedy probe into slain Nayeems case

first_imgHyderabad: The Forum for Good Governance has collected data regarding the slain gangster Mohammed Nayeemuddin alias Nayeem’s case with the help of Right to Information (RTI) Act. According to M Padmanabha Reddy, secretary for Forum for Good Governance, who applied and sought clarification from Y Nagi Reddy, Inspector General of Police, SIT, said that many facts came to light. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us Nayeem had relations with several TRS leaders along with the 17 police officials. The name of former MLA R Krishnaiah was also in the list of names that Nayeem had maintained relations with. So was the case with Additional SPs, DSP. In the case, Panjagutta ACP Thirupathanna’s name was also on the list. The officials replied that in the raid at Millenium colony at Shadnagar they had seized an amount of Rs 3.74 lakh and eight closed cases were reopened. Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us A total of 250 cases were registered. Charge-sheets were filled in 107 cases and they were waiting for trial in various courts. Investigation was completed in eight cases. As many as 10 cases were removed from the preview of SIT. Final report was submitted in 17 cases after completion of the investigation. In 67 cases the investigation is still going on, and as on date there are 29 cases pending in the court. Advertise With Us Cash of Rs 2.08 crore and Rs 4.30 lakh, 1.9 kg of gold, 2.4 kg of silver were deposited in XXIII MM court in Rajendranagar in a case registered in Narsingi police station. The land documents pertaining to 1,015 acres were also deposited in Jurisdictional courts in various States. Some diaries were seized from Nayeem’s residence, but the police refused to divulge contents in the diaries under Rule 8 (G) RTI Act. Nayeem was killed in an encounter in Shadnagar Town on August 8, 2016.last_img read more

RMZ waiting for clarity on dividend distribution tax before IPO

first_imgRMZ Corp, real estate developer and investor, would wait for signals from the government on dividend distribution tax (DDT) before finalising its initial public offering (IPO), a senior company executive said on Thursday.”We are looking for clarity on the dividend distribution tax and stamp duty in the (upcoming) Union Budget based on which we will decide on how and when to get listed,” the executive told IB Times Media on the condition of anonymity.”India is our first priority for listing and if it does not work out, we will look at Singapore,” he added.In India, dividend is tax-free at the hands of shareholders but the company that distributes dividend is liable to pay tax to the government. “This comprises DDT of 15 percent along with a surcharge of 12 percent and education cess of 3 percent (inclusive of surcharge). Provisions exist to remove the cascading effect of DDT in a holding company-subsidiary relationship,” according to a KPMG note.The Budget session of Parliament will begin from 23 February and end on 13 May, 2016. The railway budget will be presented on 25 February and the union budget on 29 February. The economic survey will presented on 26 February.Bengaluru-based RMZ hopes to close FY2016 with lease rentals of $200 million and is currently outperforming the market in terms of rentals.”Rentals are growing in the range of 5 percent to 7 percent every year overall, but we are growing at a rate of 10 percent to 12 percent,” the executive said, attributing it to “premier” locations of the company’s office properties and better asset management.The executive said further that the company would be investing about $500 million in the next 12 to 18 months to take its current 20 million sq ft office property portfolio to 80 million sq ft by 2021.Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) has an investment of about $300 million and Barings Private Equity Partners has invested about $100 million in RMZ Corp.RMZ Corp’s office properties are located in Bengaluru, Chennai, Pune, Mumbai and New Delhi.The company recently purchased Essar Group’s Equinox Business Park in Mumbai for about $360 million, according to a Business Standard.last_img read more

Sri Lanka churches hotels bomb attacks toll rise to 138

first_imgA shoe of a victim is seen in front of the St. Anthony`s Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 21 April 2019. Photo: ReutersEaster Day bomb blasts at three Sri Lankan churches and three luxury hotels killed 138 people and wounded more than 400, hospital and police officials said, following a lull in major attacks since the end of the civil war 10 years ago.In just one church, St. Sebastian’s in Katuwapitiya, north of Colombo, more than 50 people had been killed, a police official told Reuters, with pictures showing bodies on the ground, blood on the pews and a destroyed roof.Media reported 25 people were also killed in an attack on a church in Batticaloa in Eastern Province.The three hotels hit were the Shangri-La Colombo, Kingsbury Hotel and Cinnamon Grand Colombo. It was unclear whether there were any casualties in the hotels.Nine foreigners were among the dead, the officials said.There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attacks in a country which was at war for decades with Tamil separatists until 2009 during which bomb blasts in the capital were common.Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe called a national security council meeting at his home for later in the day.One of the explosions was at St Anthony’s Church in Kochcikade, Colombo.”Our people are engaged in evacuating the casualties,” a source with the bomb squad said.St. Sebastian’s church posted pictures of destruction inside the church on its Facebook page, showing blood on pews and the floor, and requested help from the public.Sri Lankan military officials stand guard in front of the St. Anthony`s Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 21 April 2019. Photo: ReutersLast year, there were 86 verified incidents of discrimination, threats and violence against Christians, according to the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL), which represents more than 200 churches and other Christian organisations.This year, the NCEASL recorded 26 such incidents, including one in which Buddhist monks allegedly attempted to disrupt a Sunday worship service, with the last one reported on 25 March.Sri Lankan security personnel keep watch outside the church premises following a blast at the St. Anthony`s Shrine in Kochchikade, Colombo on 21 April 2019. Photo: AFPOut of Sri Lanka’s total population of around 22 million, 70 per cent are Buddhist, 12.6 per cent Hindu, 9.7 per cent Muslim, and 7.6 per cent Christian, according to the country’s 2012 census.In its 2018 report on Sri Lanka’s human rights, the US State Department noted that some Christian groups and churches reported they had been pressured to end worship activities after authorities classified them as “unauthorised gatherings.”The report also said Buddhist monks regularly tried to close down Christian and Muslim places of worship, citing unidentified sources.last_img

Honouring brightest legal minds

first_imgThe grounds of Le Meridien, Delhi were lit with the intellectual buzz, and bore witness to a starry night of the 4th Edition of India Legal Award, 2018. Succeeding three hugely successful editions, this award event bought together the highly accomplished legal minds of India and recognised their efforts for their significant contribution to the Indian Judicial industry.Attended by some of the top attorneys, in-house counsel, legal heads, entrepreneurs, government and public organisations, private lawyers and many more, India Legal Awards was able to achieve its core objective to share ideas on the country’s legal framework and provide strategies on efficiently managing legal acumen as a business process undertaken by the assembly of the country’s leading legal community. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe award ceremony witnessed the presence of some of the most influential legal personalities like Soli Sorabjee – Member of the Order of Australia and former Attorney General of India, Lalit Bhasin, President Society of Indian Law Firms and President-Society of Indian Law Firms and The Bar Association of India, Mahaveer Singhvi-Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, Pulin Kumar-Senior Legal Director Group Legal and Compliance Adidas India, B Gopalakrishnan-Legal Advisor and Head – Legal Operations Group Asset Reconstruction Company (India) Ltd, and Dr Sanjeev Gemawat. Subhadip Sarkar-Assistant Vice President-Cognizant Technology Solutions and Tushar Mehta-Solicitor General of India though unable to grace the event were a part of the illustrious jury that lent its precious time and wisdom to arrive at a justified result. Their high industrial expertise and experience and painstaking due consideration played an imperative role in justifying the winners and their contribution to the Indian legal scenario. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFortune Legal Advocates and Legal Consultants bagged the Law Firm Innovative Awards while Phoenix Legal took home the coveted Litigation Dispute Resolution Team of the Year. The winners were carefully selected based on their practices, achievements and distinct parameters that put them a notch above their contemporaries.Following is the list highlighting the winners and their respective award categories who made an impressionable impact in their field of expertise.India Legal Awards was organised by Biz Integration and supported by Society of Indian Law Firms and IAPP.last_img read more

Nobody wants to play with Carmelo Anthony

first_imgActions speak louder than words. In the NBA, players all say how much they love Carmelo Anthony, but now that he’s reportedly available, no one is beating down the Knicks’ door to trade for him. Even longtime friend LeBron James, who has recently complained about the Cavs roster, isn’t interested.A recent article reported that the Cavs declined a trade offer from the Knicks of Anthony for Kevin Love. James has had his share of problems meshing with Love, but he apparently still prefers him to playing with Anthony. Everybody loves Carmelo Anthony…at the Olympics.“Nobody wants to play with Derrick Rose. Nobody wants to play with John Wall. Nobody wants to play with Carmelo Anthony. Banana boat. Right. Yeah, sure. You bet.”Dwyane Wade made comments after another Bulls loss that his teammates didn’t care enough about winning. Wade’s decision to move on to Chicago for a couple million dollars more than Miami was offering has been a disaster.Wade left his home, a stable organization, and no state tax, to come to the rebuilding Bulls. Now he’s unhappy. Colin thinks that it’s fine if players want to take the money, but they have to deal with the repercussions when their teams don’t have the cap room to put together a supporting cast. “You left your home for a nickel.”Guests:Derek Carr – Raiders Pro Bowl quarterback joins the show to look back at the Raiders breakout season; give an update on his rehab progress; what characteristics are important to be a leader; how he would handle a situation like the Antonio Brown Facebook controversy; and if he would give up money to have a better supporting cast.Bill Burr – Comedian, actor, and native New Englander is in-studio to talk Patriots; why he doesn’t think Roger Goodell is anti-Boston; if the Celtics should trade for Carmelo Anthony; and why he likes their current rivalry with the Wizards.Bill Romanowski – Super Bowl Champion with Broncos and Niners joins the show to talk Super Bowl; the one thing he still misses most about playing; the time he saw Joe Montana dunk; and how he would handle the Antonio Brown Facebook video mess if he was in the locker room.Greg Cosell –  Senior Producer for NFL Matchup and NFL Films is in-studio to break down the film from conference championship weekend and looks at the key matchups heading into the Patriots/Falcons Super Bowl.Peter King – Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the MMQB joins the show to discuss Matt Ryan’s growth in Atlanta; his take on Tom Brady facing the Falcon’s defense; Big Ben’s recent comments; and if he thinks Ted Thompson needs to change his approach to free agency in Green Bay.Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insider is in-studio to give an update on the latest Carmelo Anthony trade rumors; if LeBron wants him in Cleveland; and other teams that could be in the mix.last_img read more