Dominion Bond Upgrades Provinces Credit Rating

first_imgNova Scotia has earned its highest yet long-term credit rating from Dominion Bond Rating Service (DBRS) in recognition of the province’s return to a balanced budget through strong fiscal discipline and steady improvement over four years. DBRS upgraded Nova Scotia to A (high) with a stable outlook, and short-term credit rating to R-1 (middle), saying Nova Scotia’s fiscal recovery is well ahead of many other provinces. “We kept our commitment to balance the budget while protecting and improving the public services Nova Scotians value most, and avoiding the $1.3-billion deficit we were headed for only four short years ago,” said Finance Minister Maureen MacDonald. “Thanks to the help of all Nova Scotians we now have a stronger foundation to build a better future on.” DBRS says the upgrade reflects “relatively limited erosion encountered during the downturn, along with sustained fiscal discipline and prudent fiscal management demonstrated throughout the period of recovery.” “We are committed to maintaining fiscal discipline as we head into an era of unprecedented opportunity,” said Ms. MacDonald. DBRS reviews credit ratings annually.last_img read more

High school Colorado outfit offers niche program for marijuana sommeliers

first_imgVANCOUVER – A marijuana aficionado in Colorado has launched a program he hopes will make the title of cannabis interpener as familiar as wine sommelier, cheesemonger and chocolatier.Max Montrose, the 29-year-old president and co-founder of the Trichrome Institute in Denver, said he designed the niche curriculum, which teaches students how to become marijuana experts, after he became fed up with the inconsistent quality and improper naming rampant in the blossoming industry.“Imagine going to a bar and ordering a stout and being served a Pilsner,” he said. “That’s what’s happening in cannabis right now.”Montrose defines interpening as the practice of assessing the quality and psychotropic effects of a cannabis flower using only sight and smell.Cannabis has grown increasingly mainstream in recent years. In 2012, Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize recreational marijuana. Five other states plus Washington D.C. have since followed suit, and the Canadian government says it plans to legalize the drug by next summer.Montrose said the word interpening, pronounced in-TER’-puh-ning, comes from a hybrid of “interpreting terpenes.” Terpenes are what give marijuana its distinct aroma, he explained.The courses are modeled after the wine sommelier program. Level one involves a 3.5-hour lecture and costs about C$220, while the second level costs about $335 and includes the lecture as well as a sight-and-smell workshop, followed by a test.For the exam, students must take 10 jars of unlabelled cannabis and identify the five that are unacceptable because of problems like pest and mould and say why, then order the remaining five samples from most stimulating to most sedating.Level three is still being finalized, but so far it is invite only and consists of an essay on the horticulture and history of cannabis as well as dissecting buds and training in hashish, an extract of the cannabis plant, Montrose said.Fewer than half the students who take the test pass, he said, adding that distinguishing between a couple of subtly different strains of cannabis can be as delicate as distinguishing between two feelings in the nose that are millimetres apart.“It is a skill. It’s an art. It’s a science. But it’s definitely something that can be learned,” he said.Andrew Mieure became a level two interpener last year. He owns Denver-based Top Shelf Budtending, which runs high-end, private, cannabis-tasting events, and took the interpening course to improve his understanding of marijuana.Mieure predicted the future of the cannabis industry will be about the all-round experience and not just getting high.“The smell and taste profiles are, a lot of the time, what people enjoy most,” he said. “When you crack open a fresh jar of cannabis and you’re smelling it for the first time, that to me is the beautiful part of being a cannabis sommelier.”Montrose said interpening goes beyond the work of wine sommeliers and beer cicerones because a good interpener can determine the psychotropic impacts a particular strain.“It’s more than just cool and fun. It’s important,” he said.“We’re at a time and place where there’s no quality certification for cannabis and there’s no method to determine the psychoactive effect of cannabis outside of interpening.”Montrose gave the example of a patient with post-traumatic stress disorder being sold a stimulating cannabis variety instead of a sedating one under the same name, which he said could trigger paranoia.Trichome also created the responsible vendor program, which is approved by the state marijuana division, Montrose said.— Follow @gwomand on Twitterlast_img read more

Union representing 2000 Quebec workers has mixed feelings about CSeries Airbus deal

first_imgMONTREAL – Quebec workers with Bombardier’s CSeries plane program have mixed feelings about the deal with Airbus giving the European aerospace giant a controlling stake in the aircraft, a union representative said Tuesday.David Chartrand, Quebec co-ordinator for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, said the deal means access to a massive market and possibly more jobs.The agreement, however, also secures a new, final assembly line in Alabama for the CSeries — employing non-unionized workers serving 30 per cent of the global market for the aircraft.“It is better to build (a plane) for 70 per cent of the market and sell thousands of planes, than build 100 per cent of an aircraft for 100 per cent of the market and we sell no planes at all,” Chartrand said.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) was facing a massive obstacle after the recent decision by the U.S. Department of Commerce to propose a hefty 300 per cent duty on its CSeries jets in response to a complaint by rival Boeing.The department’s preliminary findings agreed with Boeing that Bombardier benefited from improper government subsidies, giving it an unfair advantage when selling its CSeries 100-to 150-seat jets south of the border.Bombardier says the deal with Airbus — and the new Alabama assembly line — means the CSeries will be able to be sold in the United States duty-free.“It becomes a domestic product and, therefore, a domestic product would not have the import tariff apply to this,” Bombardier CEO Alain Bellemare said Tuesday.The U.S. market represents roughly 30 per cent of CSeries sales, which means Montreal’s assembly line is ostensibly open to serving the other 70 per cent of the market.“That’s what Airbus seems to be saying, it’s what the Quebec government and Bombardier are saying — (but) I don’t have the details of what was in the agreement that was signed,” Chartrand said.If Airbus manages to increase orders for the CSeries around the world, that could mean more jobs in Mirabel, Que., he said.Airbus said the 100- to 150-seat market is expected to represent “more than 6,000 new aircraft over the next 20 years.”“Let’s say there are 6,000 plane sales that are possible,” Chartrand said. “If Airbus takes 50 per cent to 70 per cent of the market, that could mean an expansion of the Mirabel plant — but that’s the best-case scenario.”The Quebec government, Bombardier and Airbus all say the deal ensures the primary assembly line of the CSeries will remain in the province until 2041.A big unknown, however, is what region of the world outside the United States will become the market for CSeries growth.Moreover, another unknown is what effect the new assembly line in Mobile, Ala., will have on production.James Darcy, a spokesman for Airbus, said the intention is to expand the $600-million existing facility in Mobile, which opened in 2015, to meet increased demand.“But bear in mind the deal won’t even reach approval by all the regulatory agencies until the second half of 2018,” he said. “So there isn’t much we can say about production, given how early it is in the process.”Karl Moore, professor in McGill University’s Faculty of Management, said the deal with Airbus gives the CSeries “credibility,” which will make finding buyers outside the U.S. easier.“Airbus’ name, reputation, size of their workforce and fleet adds a lot of credibility to the CSeries,” he said. “We don’t have to worry if (the company) will go away and die at some point.”The fact Bombardier was being prevented from selling its planes in the U.S. due to the potential duties made buyers elsewhere hesitant to purchase the aircraft, Moore said.Moore said it’s highly likely Airbus will be able to leverage its big international sales and marketing force to sell the CSeries, which means more work for the workers in Montreal.“They should feel more comfortable about their jobs today than they did yesterday,” he said.The deal sparked debate in Quebec’s legislature Tuesday, with the opposition Parti Quebecois accusing the Liberal government of “selling the house to save the furniture.”Parti Quebecois Leader Jean-Francois Lisee said the government should have taken a stake in the entire Bombardier company instead of investing only in the “risky” CSeries unit.Quebec invested US$1 billion in 2016 for a 49.5 per cent stake in the commercial jet program.The new deal with Airbus gives Quebec a 19 per cent stake in the plane and Bombardier 31 per cent.“We preserved the aerospace industry in Montreal,” Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said.last_img read more

Morocco Designs Worlds Biggest Piece of Sugar

Rabat- After Moroccans’ efforts to make the world’s largest Tajine and Tangia, largest omelet, largest couscous, and largest flag, Morocco’s COSUMAR, a company specialized in the extraction, refining, and packaging of sugar in different forms, has designed the world’s largest piece of sugar.The largest piece of sugar which was presented at the recent International Forum for Agriculture held in Meknes weighs less than 25 kilograms.Known nationally as “Qaleb Dyal Sukkar,” the piece of sugar is “associated with important moments in the life of every Moroccan. It is presented at events such as the return from Mecca, weddings or baptisms,” said Cosumar to the international media. Morocco is known for its large consumption of sugar, which is an indispensable ingredient in many Moroccan dishes.Last year, Morocco’s national consumption of sugar has reached 1.2 million tons an equivalent to 36 kilogram per capita, per year.Last year, sugar products receive MAD 2,847 per ton in subsidies, which amounts to 2.8 dirhams per kilo,According to Maps of the World, the top ten sugar consuming countries are Macedonia (73.8 kilograms per capita), Belize (65.5), Swaziland (56.9), Cuba (56.6), Trinidad & Tobago (55.3), Barbados (52.7), Brazil (51.7), Costa Rica (50.6), New Zealand (49.2), and St. Kitts & Nevis (49.0). read more

AC Milans wonderkid Hachim Mastour in Ezzakis provisional squad

Rabat – Head coach of the national football team Badou Ezzaki has announced his 30-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture against Libya on June 12th in Agadir, with AC Milan’s Hachim Mastour as the most notable attendee.Mastour, who appeared on six occasions for Italy Under-16s, could make his debut for the Moroccan national team against Libya after he has been promoted to Badou Ezzaki’s side.His outstanding performance earned him the attention of Europe’s football heavyweights, including Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, and Manchester City. Squad in full:Bouanou Yassine (Real Zaragoza), M’Hamdi Abdelali (KACM), El Kajoui Monir (Numancia), El Bourkadi Amine (OCK), El Youssfi Mohamed (MAT), El Mehdi Benatia (Bayern Munich), Oulhaj Mohamed (RCA), Abarhoune Mohamed (MAT), Achchakir Abderahim (AS FAR), Feddal Zouhair (Parma), Chafik Fouad (Laval), Achenteh Rochdi (Vitesse Arnhem), Kharja Houssine (Sochaux), El Adoua Issam (Chongqing Lifan), Lazaar Achraf (Palermo), El Ahmadi Karim (Feynoord Rotterdam), Obbadi Mounir (Hellas Verona), Ait Ben Ider Jamal (Aj Auxerre), El Messadoui Ahmed (FC Lierse), Amrabat Noureddine (Malaga FC), Mestour Hachim (AC Milan), El Kaddouri Omar (Tornio), Saadane Marwane (FUS), Labyad Zakaria (Vitesse Arnhem), Hamde-Allah Abderrazzaq (Guagzou FC), Chahechouhe Aatif (Sivasspor), Boufal Soufinae (Losc Lile), Iajour Mouhssine (MAT), Chamakh Marouane (Crystal Palace), Batna Mourad (FUS). read more

Bulgarian lawmakers seal deal to buy 8 new F16s from US

SOFIA, Bulgaria — Bulgaria’s parliament has approved the purchase of eight new American fighter jets as part of a plan to replace the Balkan country’s aging Soviet-built jets and to bring its air force in line with NATO standards.Lawmakers voted 123-78 on Friday in favour of a government motion to buy the eight F-16 Block 70 aircraft, which will be the biggest military procurement in post-Communist Bulgaria. Two legislators abstained from the vote.The $1.25 billion deal includes the jets, ammunition, equipment and pilot training. The six single-seat and two two-seat F-16s would be delivered by 2023.The defence minister will sign the contract with producer Lockheed Martin.Bulgaria joined NATO in 2004 and the European Union three years later.The Associated Press

Attempts to resettle refugees away from fighting in Côte dIvoire rebuffed –

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today reiterated concern for the security of tens of thousands of mostly Liberian refugees in the volatile western part of Côte d’Ivoire after attempts to evacuate nearly 5,000 of them from a camp near the front lines were rebuffed.UNHCR staff had worked throughout the past month to move the refugees from Nicla and had approached the people of Grand Lahou, a town on the Atlantic coast in the southern part of the country, spokesman Kris Janowski said. But the people of the town cited overall security concerns and rejected the idea, leaving the UN agency “scrambling to find alternatives,” he said.New attacks Monday on French positions, as well as in Grabo, farther south near Tabou, brought the fighting closer to Nicla, the only camp run by UNHCR in Côte d’Ivoire, Mr. Janowski said, further increasing fears among the refugee population about a possible attack as rebels move southwards.Nicla initially had a population of about 5,000 refugees who were considered particularly vulnerable because of their ethnicity. The camp’s population is believed to have grown in recent weeks as other refugees from the surrounding villages sought safety in the camp. “While the Nicla refugees are our most immediate concern,” Mr. Janowski said, “the volatile situation in western Côte d’Ivoire has made it imperative that we move the entire refugee population in the country – some 70,000 people before the crisis first erupted in September – to safer locations.”UNHCR continued to appeal to neighbouring countries to grant temporary asylum to some groups of Liberian refugees presently in Côte d’Ivoire, Mr. Janowski said. “We are also continuing our search for alternative sites within Côte d’Ivoire itself, while trying to obtain better security for refugees in their current areas of settlement.” read more

WHO helps African countries to take precautionary measures against SARS

“We are working with [African] Member States for the institution of precautionary measures to protect people in our region where healthcare systems are weak, and several millions are infected with HIV,” WHO’s Regional Director for Africa, Ebrahim Samba, said yesterday in Brazzaville, Congo.Though the region has so far only had one probable case of SARS – reported early last month in South Africa – WHO said it has urged African countries to ensure the availability of facilities at airports and other points of entry to promptly identify and quarantine suspected cases. A number of countries have already taken adequate precautionary measures. Dr. Samba said globalization and the subsequent ability of people to travel internationally within hours presents an opportunity for infectious diseases to spread efficiently. Accordingly, all countries have received travel guidelines to areas where SARS is currently ranging.The latest statistics on the global outbreak indicate a total of 5,663 probable cases and 372 deaths.Meanwhile, WHO plans to hold an international scientific meeting in Geneva from 17 to 16 June to review the epidemiological, clinical management and laboratory findings on the respiratory disease and to discuss global control strategies. read more

Bell Aliant says strategy for more revenue is on track with broadband

Bell Aliant says strategy for more revenue is on track with broadband services Regional telecom company Bell Aliant expects growth from its Internet and TV offerings will largely offset declines in its traditional telephone services in 2013.Chief executive Karen Sheriff said Tuesday that Aliant, which operates throughout the four Atlantic provinces and parts of Ontario and Quebec, is following a strategy it laid out for growth in 2009.“We expect revenue increases in Internet and TV to largely, if not totally, offset declines in our traditional voice services,” she said, after Bell Aliant reported $70 million of net income in the fourth quarter, a $10-million decline from last year.Bell Aliant has said that its fibre optic network is key to long-term profitability.The network allows faster downloads of data such as music or movies and the ability to share video and photos faster. It is also used for high-definition television.Sheriff said that Bell Aliant (TSX:BA) has been making progress in growing its revenue and EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, interest, depreciation and amortization).“Over the last three years we have progressively improved our year-over-year performance,” Sheriff said.Bell Aliant Inc. had $328.7 million of net earnings in 2012, up from $322.6 million in 2011, despite a drop in fourth-quarter profit.Sheriff said the 2013 fourth quarter was less favourable than a year earlier, as expected, noting that the same quarter in 2011 benefited from some strong business solutions sales and custom work.For the final three months of 2012, Bell Aliant’s net income equalled 31 cents per share before adjustments, or 37 cents per share on an adjusted basis.The results missed analyst estimates by four cents per share.A year earlier, Bell Aliant had $80 million of net income, equalling 35 cents per share before adjustments, or 42 cents per share on an adjusted basis.Bell Aliant’s operating revenue was also down, slipping 0.8 per cent to $695 million from $701 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.Analysts had expected slightly higher revenue in the latest quarter — about $697 million, according to estimates compiled by Thomson Reuters.Bell Aliant said more than 650,000 premises had access to its FibreOP services by the end of 2012 and expects about 800,000 premises to be served by the end of this year.In the fourth quarter, total data revenue including Internet and TV services increased $18 million or 7.7 per cent compared with the same period in 2011.Internet revenue increased $7 million, or 5.5. per cent, in the quarter.High-speed net Internet customer additions were 4,800 in the fourth quarter of 2012, up from 3,400 in the same quarter of 2011. Total high-speed Internet customers were 918,400 at the end of December, up 2.6 per cent from a year earlier.Internet protocol TV revenue grew $10 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the fourth quarter of 2011. Bell Aliant had 123,000 IPTV customers at the end of December.FibreOP TV, which include high-definition and on demand services, saw customers grow by 17,400 in the quarter to reach 96,800.Local service and long distance revenues declined $15 million, or 4.8 per cent, and $10 million, or 11.6 per cent, respectively in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared with the same quarter in 2011.The publicly traded subsidiary of BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) also said it expects to spend somewhat less on capital expenditures in 2013 while profit and revenue remain in about the same ranges as last year.Bell Aliant’s guidance calls for between $2.73 billion and $2.81 billion of revenue in 2013, compared with $2.76 billion in 2012.It also expects $1.45 to $1.75 of adjusted earnings per share for the full year, compared with $1.63 for 2012.Capital expenditures in 2013 are expected to be reduced to between $525 million and $575 million from $592 million last year. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 5, 2013 2:17 pm MDT read more

PODCAST Prof Teju Herath talks cyber security on Conversations with Goodman

In this week’s Conversation with Goodman podcast, host Susan LeBlanc talks to Teju Herath, Associate Professor of Information Systems in Brock’s Goodman School of Business, about her research on cyber security.Herath’s research focuses on two main streams — the behavioural aspects of information security and management of security. Information security is more important than ever as cyber security breaches occur more frequently and new threats arise.“As the information technology has become so pervasive and its use grows, so are the threats growing and that is why it is so important for all of us to take it seriously,” she says.Herath has researched phishing extensively and describes this type of scam as a social engineering threat.“Social engineering threats take advantage of our trusting nature and those issues cannot be completely overcome by technologies alone,” she says.Instead of looking for a technological solution to a problem like phishing scams, Herath says we must focus on the policies, practices and methods to protect ourselves since the main problem with this type of threat is the people behind it.“Information itself has no ethics. People are one of the most important components,” she says.Herath’s best advice for people looking to protect their data online is to ‘think before you click,’ which is also an integral part of Brock’s security awareness program launched last year by Information Technology Services.This podcast is the latest in the Conversations with Goodman series which is produced by the Goodman Marketing, Communications and Alumni Relations team and features guests from the Goodman community. read more

Football Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki presents Ohio State with 78inch

Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki (88) celebrates one of his two first-quarter touchdown reception against Pitt on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, at Beaver Stadium. Penn State won, 33-14. Credit: Courtesy of TNSOhio State junior linebacker Jerome Baker said he can jump as high as the ball is thrown. Even that might not be enough Saturday when he and the Buckeye defense attempts to cover Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki.The massive receiving target is listed at 6-foot-6, 250 pounds, but looking at him, he might be even bigger. He towers over defensive backs and runs faster than linebackers. But Gesicki’s most impressive skill is his vertical leap as he consistently corrals passes above the outstretched arms of defenders.“He’s a very, very good athlete. He makes catches that men his size usually can’t make,” defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said. “Great flexibility in his upper body, can torque his body in all different ways and he has good hands.”Before the season, Gesicki was named to the Mackey Award watch list — given to the nation’s top tight end — and honored as a preseason first-team All-American. He’s lived up to his billing through seven games as he has pulled down 24 receptions for 228 yards, including five touchdowns.The Nittany Lions have talent at every skill position on offense — five players have between 16 and 32 receptions — so they don’t need to force feed Gesicki. They can pick and choose when to use quarterback Trace McSorley’s largest target.“He’s another wide receiver, really,” Schiano said. “He’s positionally called a tight end but he has the skillset of a wide receiver.”Defenses have not found any easy fixes for covering massive, skilled tight ends like Gesicki. “Because the kid can run so well in cover, you’ve got to put an athlete [on the tight end], well now you’ve got a matchup problem: size,” co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Kevin Wilson said. “You put a big guy who can match up size, a lot of times that guy can’t cover.”OSU junior linebacker Jerome Baker (17) prepares for a play during the season opener vs Indiana. OSU won 49-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Buckeyes have already to try to cover a receiver-like tight end once this season in Week 2 when they had to deal with Oklahoma tight end Mark Andrews, a massive 6-foot-5, 254-pound weapon in the Sooners’ receiving game. Andrews got hurt in the first quarter and did not return, but he stayed healthy long enough to make two catches for 23 yards and to demonstrate how the Buckeyes defend against talented receiving tight ends.In the first drive, five different defenders lined up to cover Andrews on different plays — cornerbacks Kendall Sheffield and Damon Arnette, safety Damon Webb and linebackers Malik Harrison and Baker. Safety Jordan Fuller has also garnered reps in the slot this season, where Gesicki often lines up, and Schiano hinted he might be used there Saturday night. Ohio State will not — and can not afford to — use just one player to cover Gesicki. If the Buckeyes were to solely use cornerbacks and safeties to cover the tight end, Gesicki could jump over them. And if they just used linebackers, Gesicki could out-run them, find open holes for McSorley to throw or pull them away from the line, leaving space for running back Saquon Barkley to make plays.For a defensive coordinator, Gesicki is a matchup nightmare as each position group seems potentially exploitable by the massive tight end.“[Gesicki’s] about 6-foot-7,” Schiano said. “We’ve just got to have different ways to try to get people on him.”Though Ohio State’s defense has not faced many talented tight ends this season, it has struggled against the ones it has faced, as well as taller receivers like Indiana’s 6-foot-4 wideout Simmie Cobbs. When asked how the Buckeyes will be able to stop, or at least contain, Gesicki, Baker paused and pondered the question for five seconds before answering.“Don’t allow it to be a jump ball,” Baker said. “Be physical on him before he even gets the chance to jump like that. When it’s that high, he’s going to be a tough one. Just got to play through his hands and some way, some how get it out.”Baker and a multitude of other defensive players will be called on to outjump the 6-foot-6 former volleyball player, a nearly impossible task. Even Schiano was still searching for solutions. When Schiano was asked by a reporter which defender could stop Gesicki, he said, jokingly, “You tell me who is the best matchup.” read more

Ruth Davidson planning Scottish Tory breakaway as she challenges Theresa Mays Brexit

first_imgAs a result it is expected that she will now seek to bring about a dramatic change in the government’s negotiating position which hitherto has been opposed to both the single market and the customs union.    At a press conference in Edinburgh Ms Davidson said: “We must seek to deliver an open Brexit, not a closed one, which puts out country’s economic growth first.” In answer to questions she said she wanted the “greatest possible amount of free trade”. In a humiliating setback for Ms Sturgeon, the SNP won only 37 per cent of the popular vote and lost the support of half a million Scots compared to the 2015 election.It appeared the Conservatives had pulled off the biggest shock by ousting Mr Robertson, Ms Sturgeon’s deputy and the SNP’s Westminster leader, in Moray. However, this was eclipsed when they defeated Mr Salmond in Gordon, a result that stunned the Nationalists.Labour also won a series of unexpected gains, including Glasgow North East, as the surge in support for Jeremy Corbyn spread north of the border. Ms Sturgeon said this partly explained the SNP slump, with Left-wing and pro-independence voters switching to Labour.Speaking at her Bute House residence in Edinburgh about her referendum demand, Ms Sturgeon said: “We will reflect on these results, we will listen to voters and we will consider very carefully the best way forward for Scotland, a way forward that is in the interests of all Scotland.“I will take the opportunity of saying more on that front in the days to come.”But Ms Davidson said the election in Scotland “was dominated by one issue” and SNP MPs who lost their seats had “paid the price” for Ms Sturgeon’s failed referendum gamble. Fresh from her success in winning an extra 12 Scottish seats in Thursday’s election, at the same time as the Prime Minister was losing 21 constituencies in England, Ms Davidson also vowed to use her Commons votes to prioritise the single market over curbing immigration.This is certain to split Tory ranks as Mrs May has pledged to take the UK out of both the single market and the EU customs union as part of her Brexit negotiations, which begin next week. Most Scots voted Remain in the EU referendum and Ms Davidson has repeatedly said that she favours Britain reaching an agreement that allows it to stay in both the single market and customs union. But after notching up the biggest Tory victory in Scotland in nearly 40 years, the Scottish party leader said that the election result did not give the Prime Minister a mandate to take Britain out of the single market. Although she has previously said she does not mind if this is achieved by Mrs May’s plan for a free trade deal, she has also argued that the UK should keep free movement if that is price of maintaining open access to European markets.Speaking at a press conference at her Bute House residence in Edinburgh, Ms Sturgeon said SNP MPs would also try and use their influence in a hung parliament to stop a hard Brexit.The First Minister was forced to admit a massive backlash against her referendum demand was “undoubtedly” a factor in her party losing 21 MPs, including Mr Salmond and Angus Robertson, and pledged to “consider very carefully” her next steps over the coming days.But Ms Davidson, who led the Scottish Tories to their best result since 1983, said that was “not enough” and demanded Ms Sturgeon immediately dump a plan she said had turned out to be “a massive political miscalculation.”  “What people do expect is that, right now, the SNP gives Scotland a break. Simply put, Scotland has had its fill,” the Scottish Tory leader said.  Ms Davidson also signalled her opposition to Mrs May’s deal with the DUP in blunt fashion by tweeting a link to the same-sex marriage lecture she gave at Amnesty ‘s Pride lecture in Belfast last year.She is engaged to Jen Wilson, an Irish Catholic Christian who campaigned during the Republic’s same-sex marriage referendum, is a practising Christian herself and has said she would like to get married in a local church.Her views could not be further from those of the DUP, a staunch opponent of same-sex marriage and supporter of the “traditional” definition of marriage. Last night, Ms Davidson said she had sought and received assurances from the Prime Minister that she would try to advance gay rights in Northern Ireland despite the DUP’s record.Ms Davidson flexed her political muscle following a disastrous night for the SNP, which saw Alex Salmond lose his seat. Nicola Sturgeon hinted that she will row back on her plan for a second independence referendum but Ms Davidson demanded she “give Scotland a break” by immediately taking the plan off the table.The Nationalists ended up with 35 seats, the Tories 13, Labour seven and the Liberal Democrats four. But this compares with the 56 seats the Nationalists won in 2015, when the other three parties held on to only one constituency each. Ruth Davidson is to defy Theresa May’s plans for a hard Brexit and tear her Scottish party away from English control after the UK Tories’ disastrous General Election result.Amid a growing clamour among senior Tories in London for Ms Davidson to be given a top position in the UK party, her aides are working on a deal that would see the Scottish party break away to form a separate organisation. She is reported to have been continually second guessing decisions made in Edinburgh. This came to a head recently when Ms Davidson was “ordered” not to run a distinctive Scottish campaign but instead to “stick to the script” devised in London of pinning the entire Tory effort around Mrs May and Brexit.This ran completely contrary to the issue Ms Davidson favoured – namely the SNP demanding another independence referendum. Ms Davidson was determined to oppose this demand and reckoned her opposition chimed with the vast majority of Scottish voters.As a result she ignored the London “orders”, with the result that her campaign saw a gain of 12 seats, while in England Mrs May saw a loss of the same number.Given the lack of an overall majority, the Scottish Tory votes would be crucial to Prime Minister May getting her legislation through the Commons. Above all their votes could make or break her Brexit negotiations. However, the Conservatives in Scotland have complained of too much “interference” from London, since Mrs May assumed office last year. The focus of their annoyance appears to be Scottish-born Fiona Hill, the Downing Street communications chief. It would maintain a close relationship with the English party – they have been joined together as part of the United Kingdom Conservative and Unionist Party since 1965 – and its 13 MPs would take the Tory whip at the Commons.Although it has been mooted for some time, the imminent split between the Scottish and English parties is a direct result of a dramatic deterioration in relations between the Scottish Tory hierarchy in Edinburgh and 10 Downing Street. ruth davidson Ruth Davidson speaks at a post-election press conferenceCredit:Getty Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

All thirdlevel graduates to get vote as part of Seanad reforms agreed

first_imgTHE GOVERNMENT HAS agreed plans to implement the 1979 referendum result to expand voting rights in Seanad elections to all graduates of third-level institutions in Ireland.Cabinet ministers today agreed to the drafting of an amendment to electoral law which would see the creation of one, six-seat constituency known as the “Institutes of Higher Education”.All holders of degrees or equivalent qualifications from Irish universties, Institutes of Technology, private colleges and bodies such as the Royal College of Surgeons will be eligible to vote under the changes.According to the most recent census data around 740,000 people asserted that they have a third-level degree, but this would need to be confirmed in order for a person to be eligible to appear on register of electors.Opening up of the electorate for six Seanad seats would significantly increase the numbers eligible to vote.Around 150,000 people from the Trinity and NUI universities were eligible for the last Seanad elections for the two university panels, but there was a low turnout in both institutions.The general scheme of a bill to amend the Electoral Act will be considered by the Seanad itself, the Environment Committee, and the higher level institutions before proposed legislation is brought before the Oireachtas in the coming months.At present, no other reforms to the Seanad have been considered by the government.Earlier the Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said that reforms broader than widening the third-level franchise are needed.Opposition parties today criticised the planned changes, Sinn Féin senator David Cullinane said that extension of the university franchise “does not constitute meaningful and genuine reform”.Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said that this was not the reform that people demanded when they rejected the referendum to abolish the upper house in October.“There is now a unique opportunity to introduce real reform and give the Seanad a meaningful and more challenging role in the Oireachtas,” Martin said.“This can be done without further constitutional change and would enjoy cross party support.”Read: Broad reform needed to make Seanad ‘fit for modern Ireland’, says CoveneyFive-day weekend: The Seanad sat for just two days this week… againlast_img read more

Hitman Absolution gameplay video leaked

first_imgIf you’ve been wondering what the upcoming Hitman sequel Hitman: Absolution will look like, your wish has been granted. Someone, during a closed-door briefing at E3, managed to get their hands on the gameplay footage shown and shared it with a Danish news agency, who promptly posted it to YouTube. It’s difficult to get a feel for the story or what you’re in for when the game is closer to launch, but you do get to see what it’ll look like and some of the mechanics of the gameplay, which works for us.Even though you only see snippets of the gameplay (and some of it is repeated over in slow-motion,) you know ahead of time you’ll ne stealthily sneaking around corridors, ambushing people, using objects in your surroundings as weapons, and use cover to protect yourself, even use someone as a human shield. It’s all good old fashioned Hitman-style fun. Even so, the gameplay trailer does look a bit far from polished, but that could just be the video.AdChoices广告The gameplay footage was supposed to be private, and the highlight from the game from E3 was supposed to be a CGI teaser trailer made to get you excited about Agent 47’s triumphant return. The footage shown is spliced with clips from the other trailers, so it’s not terribly tantalizing, nor does it give away story points or the plot from the game, but it is our first look at actual gameplay, unlike the entirely pre-rendered CGI trailer.Hitman: Absolution is scheduled for a 2012 release for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. It’ll be the first Hitman game on the PS3. IO Interactive, working with Square Enix, has said that the game will get deeper into the personal life of the mysterious Agent 47. That’s about all we know about the finer story elements and plot, nothing else has been tipped. Still, enjoy the gameplay video while it lasts: it’s sure to be taken down soon.via 1uplast_img read more

Geek deals Lenovo IdeaPad Y460p notebook starts at 549

first_imgMid-range laptops are a little tricky. So often these days we see bargain basement machines that are barely equipped to run the latest software, much less run it well. Then the offerings tend to jump up to higher end systems with pricey add-ons like Core i7 CPUs and Blu-ray drives. Today’s deal defines the mid-range segment rather well.Lenovo‘s IdeaPad Y Series have always offered a good bang for your buck, with a system design and overall experience that you don’t get from some of the less expensive bargain brands (*cough* Acer *cough*). The Y460p, a prior generation chassis upfitted with Sandy Bridge processors, has taken second seat to the newly designed Y470 despite sharing many similarities. It looks like Lenovo is ready to start clearing out the Y460p models and has taken a rather nicely spec’d model down to an exceptional price.This system does only come with a Core i3 processor, so you don’t get the additional clock speed possible with Turbo Boost in a Core i5 or i7, but its performance is plenty for most users. The blandness ends there, thanks to a strong outfitting with AMD Radeon HD 6550M 1GB graphics, 6GB of DDR3 RAM, a 500GB hard drive, and Bluetooth. These specs are certainly not unheard of in many mid-range machines, but the fact that you can get one of these sent to your door for $549 is indeed rather impressive.Lenovo’s tradition of excellent keyboards also carries over and the little details aren’t forgotten either. All Y460p’s have a 6-in-1 card reader, three USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA/USB combo port, and HDMI output. The massive $400 coupon, combined with $100 instant savings, on this well equipped machine expires after limited uses, so be sure to head over and grab this bargain before it slips away.Visit LogicBuy for the Lenovo IdeaPad Y460plast_img read more

Masked gang attack cancer patient with hammer in front of his family

first_img Wednesday 3 Apr 2019, 2:26 PM Masked gang attack cancer patient with hammer in front of his family during burglary Tariq Meraj was attacked in his home last Tuesday. Short URL Damage done to the house. 50,345 Views Image: A FATHER OF three who is suffering from cancer was attacked in his home by a masked gang who beat him with a sledgehammer in front of his family. Tariq Meraj was attacked in his home last Tuesday shortly after he returned from evening prayers at a nearby mosque. Meraj, his wife and three children were all present when raiders broke through their door at around 10pm last Tuesday. The masked men demanded money and jewellery before one of them attacked Meraj, a well-known and respected businessman, with a hammer – breaking a number of his ribs. Meraj’s brother Rashid told that his brother is not recovering well and that his family has been left shaken by the incident. He said: “My brother was coming home from mosque at around half nine or ten when he heard banging. There was a group of men outside banging on the walls and the door – they managed to smash the windows on the door and started to come into the house. “His children were there when it was happening and so was his wife. These men who attacked him – they are cowards. They were shouting for money and for jewellery . My brother told them to take what they wanted and to get out but they started shouting asking where the safe was.“My brother does not have a safe but they didn’t believe him and then one of the men hit him with a hammer. He suffered some broken ribs and he is in a lot of pain.” Rashid explained that his brother is already receiving treatment for cancer and doctors said that they expect him to be in hospital for a while longer. Rashid added: “The gardaí are working hard and they have been very good to us. We don’t know why those men waited for my brother to come home. It would have been easier for them to take these things when the family was not there.“These men are cowards. They went around the house breaking tiles on the ground and then mirrors as well. There was nothing my brother could do. The community here has been great.  By Garreth MacNamee Damage done to the house. Image: Share265 Tweet Email2 27 Comments Source:í sent out a text alert following the incident to locals based in the Shaen and Emo areas of Laois.A garda spokesman said: “Gardaí at Portlaoise are investigating an aggravated burglary which occurred at Shaen, Portlaoise, Co Laois at approximately 9.50pm on Tuesday 26th March 2019.“Four masked men armed with what is described as sledge hammers and screwdrivers entered house and assaulted occupants. The suspects stole jewellery, cash and other items. The raiders fled on foot. No direction of travel No arrests have been made and investigations are continuing.” Apr 3rd 2019, 2:26 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Japon hausse du niveau des substances radioactives en mer

first_imgJapon : hausse du niveau des substances radioactives en merSelon Tepco, l’opérateur de Fukushima Daiichi, le niveau des substances radioactives a fortement augmenté en mer à une quinzaine de kilomètres au large de la centrale nucléaire, accidentée depuis le tsunami du 11 mars.1.400 becquerels de césium 137 par kilogramme. C’est ce que contiennent les échantillons collectés dans le lit marin à 15 kilomètres de la centrale nucléaire japonaise Fukushima Daiichi, indique Tepco, son exploitant. Un chiffre 600 fois supérieur au niveau maximum (2,3 becquerels), observé jusqu’à maintenant au large de la côte nord-est de l’archipel nippon, indique l’AFP.À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéVendredi dernier, les échantillons prélevés contenaient déjà 1.300 becquerels de cesium 134 et 190 becquerels d’iode 131, peut-on lire dans un communiqué de Tepco. L’opérateur n’a toutefois pas précisé si les niveaux actuels sont considérés comme dangereux ou non.Selon l’AFP, les premiers échantillons ont été prélevés à une profondeur comprise entre 20 et 30 mètres, à 3 kilomètres de la côte.Le 4 mai 2011 à 09:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 6 avril

first_imgLes 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 6 avrilUn régime spécial lémurien, un chasseur d’exoplanètes et des bains chauds pour se relaxer. Voici votre concentré d’actualités scientifiques pour ce 6 avril. – Une cabine à suicide. Si l’idée avait été suggérée ironiquement dans la série animée Futurama il y a quelques années, elle prend désormais une tournure beaucoup plus réaliste aujourd’hui. Proposée par le médecin Philip Nitschke, elle permettrait aux personnes souhaitant être euthanasiées de mourir par hypoxie dans ce sarcophage transparent imprimé en 3D, face au paysage de leur choix.- Pour vivre plus longtemps, les lémuriens devront se mettre au régime. Une nouvelle étude a démontré qu’une restriction calorique chronique permet d’augmenter la longévité du microcèbe, un petit primate lémuriforme aux grands yeux natif de Madagascar. Un modèle qui pourrait bien un jour être transposé aux êtres humains.- Un combat oppose actuellement Greenpeace et Total en Amérique du Sud. La firme pétrolière espère démarrer prochainement un projet d’extraction à l’embouchure de l’Amazone. Toutefois, l’association et plusieurs scientifiques soulignent que l’écosystème présent sur place présente des caractéristiques exceptionnelles qui ont encore besoin d’être étudiées et doivent être préservées.- Tess s’apprête à décoller en avril. Le satellite chasseur d’exoplanètes conçu par la NASA prendra la suite de Kepler, qui a permis à ce jour la détection de plusieurs milliers de planètes en dehors de notre système solaire. Pour Tess, l’ambition des scientifiques les amène à espérer que pas moins de 200.000 étoiles pourront être observées par cet instrument à la pointe de la technologie.- Une nouvelle caméra inspirée des yeux de papillons pourrait bien révolutionner le domaine médical. Grâce à l’image en couleur et en infrarouge, les cellules cancéreuses deviennent visibles aux yeux des chercheurs même sous une forte lumière au cours des opérations. Une innovation qui permettrait de retirer ces cellules sans endommager les tissus sains environnants.- Les Hommes ont construit à leur insu une gigantesque barrière autour de la Terre. Cette bulle accidentelle est formée à partir des ondes à très basse fréquence utilisées dans les communications humaines. Il s’avère que cette barrière pourrait bien constituer une protection contre les radiations qui assaillissent par intermittence la Terre et les satellites qui l’entourent.- Les singes se relaxent en prenant des bains chauds. Vous avez probablement déjà vu des photographies de ces macaques japonais se prélassant dans les sources chaudes du Jigokudani Monkey Park. Même si le but premier de ces bains est de faire face au froid, les chercheurs ont révélé qu’ils permettent également de faire tomber les niveaux de stress chez ces primates.À lire aussiInfection, gaspillage et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 29 août- Les avions se mettent au vert. La Norvège lance un programme éco-responsable en se donnant pour objectif d’électrifier l’ensemble de ses vols court-courrier d’ici une vingtaine d’années. Une initiative qui encourage plus d’un avionneurs à se mettre au pas et à réduire ses émissions pour ne pas se laisser dépasser par un nouveau Tesla.Envie d’avoir chaque jour votre dose d’actualités scientifiques ? Suivez le podcast Maxisciences qui vous dévoile en bref toutes les infos à connaitre ! Le 6 avril 2018 à 00:15 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Register to Tailgate Before Soy Social and Auction

first_imgKick-off the 2015 Soy Social and Auction festivities by getting your game face on at the tailgating party on Thursday, Feb. 26 outside the Sheraton Phoenix Ballroom.Sponsored by Farm Credit, the pre-game activities at 4:30-6 p.m. include drinks and snacks before the auction begins. The menu features baked pretzels, buttery popcorn and mixed gourmet nuts. Don’t miss this opportunity to get your head in the game before the serious bidding starts!The event is open to all General Admission Ticket holders or VIP Seating Pass holders.Online registration for the 2015 Soy Social and Auction closed on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, but registration reopens on-site at Commodity Classic beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 from 7 a.m. to noon at the SoyPAC registration desk located in the Phoenix Convention Center, Lower Level Exhibit Hall Lobby. Please do not fax any registrations. You can turn your registration in onsite. Donations onsite may not be guaranteed.If you have questions, contact Kathie Mullen,, 314-920-7041 or Farris Haley,, 314-723-9762.last_img read more

NEW STEW Meet Bestselling Author Andrew Bacevich On Augusts Book Stew

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — In the August episode of Book Stew, host Eileen MacDougall interviews New York Times bestselling author Andrew Bacevich, a retired army colonel and Boston University professor. Bacevich is known for his reviews and commentary in The Nation, The Atlantic, and NPR, plus appearances on shows like the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. His latest book is America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History.Watch the episode, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNEW STEW: Meet Author Ben Berkley On September’s Book StewIn “Videos”NEW STEW: Meet Children’s Author Ioana Hobai On August’s Book StewIn “Videos”NEW STEW: Meet Local Author Marty Conley On July’s Book StewIn “Videos”last_img read more