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October 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgAs the married co-creators of “Come From Away” celebrated a Tony Award win, their hearts were with the people of Gander, N.L., whose uplifting stories inspired the hit homegrown musical honoured among Broadway’s best.“Come From Away” headed into Sunday night’s ceremony in New York with seven nominations, including a nod for best musical.Christopher Ashley won for best director of a musical, but the show was shut out in all other categories. “Dear Evan Hansen” emerged as the big musical winner with six awards.Canadian co-creators Irene Sankoff and David Hein attended several Tony after-parties, including a “Come From Away” celebration and a bash at the famed Sardi’s restaurant. But as the duo partied into the wee hours, they couldn’t stop thinking about the residents of Gander.“Come From Away” is set in the remote East Coast town in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. Gander saw its population swell as the town sheltered 6,579 passengers and crew from 38 planes diverted when U.S. air space was closed.“The entire night last night we were thinking about the parties that they were having out in Gander and we knew Chris was thinking exactly the same thing,” Hein said in a phone interview Monday.“They’ve been in our heads the entire time because (the show) was based on our interviews with them. So they’ve not only followed us on Facebook, and cheered us on online and in person when they come to the show, but they’ve been in our hearts the entire time… It’s their story. It’s this story about how they welcomed the world and gave the world so much.”The province made its presence felt in Radio City Music Hall during the Tonys ceremony as Sankoff and Hein noticed a Newfoundland flag waving from the rafters.“Two lovely Newfoundlanders had come, and we all cheered and they cheered down at us and we thanked them and they thanked us,” said Hein. “It was a just a lovely moment and they came down and we all hugged.”The Newfoundland love also extended to the Tony stage.Sankoff said it “blew her mind” to see host Kevin Spacey and “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg engaged in tongue-in-cheek banter with a nod to “The Rock” to kick off the telecast. The Tony winners had both seen “Come From Away” and Goldberg had even sent pies to the cast, said Sankoff.It wasn’t the couple’s only brush with fame at the star-studded ceremony. They also met “Star Wars” icon Mark Hamill on the red carpet.“He is an avid theatre-goer and was so excited about this season and so excited to be coming to ‘Come From Away,’ and loved the story behind it. And it was really cool,” said Hein.“It’s really amazing meeting your heroes and just realizing they’re incredible people.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who saw the play in March, also offered his congratulations to Ashley.“Thanks for bringing the story of Gander to life on stage,” he tweeted.“Come From Away” picked up a slew of prizes en route to the Tonys, with outstanding musical honours from New York’s Drama Desk Awards and Outer Critics Circle Awards, and the Helen Hayes Awards in Washington, D.C.The show is also in contention for Toronto’s Dora Mavor Moore Awards later this month and is up for a pair of honours at September’s Chita Rivera Awards, which recognize theatrical dance and choreography on stage, film and TV.“Come From Away” is also preparing for a North American tour next year, as well as a sit-down production at Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre.“Nothing compares to sharing this story with our friends in Newfoundland, to sharing this experience with our incredible ‘Come From Away’ family and with audiences every day,” said Hein.“We’re so blessed and so lucky, and we have the best job in the world.”—Follow @lauren_larose on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version reported that the population of Gander doubled in size.last_img read more

October 14, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgAPTN National NewsFirst Nations, Metis and Inuit music used to be a well known secret.But the secret is out.More and more people are listing to the Aboriginal music community.APTN National News reporter Wayne Roberts caught up with one artist.last_img

October 12, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Rabat – A Chinese delegation of operators and journalists is currently visiting Morocco from June 6 to 16 to discover the country’s tourist potential. They are traveling to six main tourist cities in hopes to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in the sector.The delegation, which consists of top executives of Chinese travel agencies and television, radio and electronic and print media operators from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, will discover during their journey the cities of Casablanca, Rabat, Marrakech, Tangier, Chefchaouen, and especially Fez with its medina and its recently-restored monuments. Representatives from CCTV, China’s first national channel with an audience of more than 700 million viewers and Shanxi Daily and its digital relay, which are among the most visited websites in China, have joined along to cover the trip. The visit, organized by the ONMT, follows several activities aimed at promoting Morocco on the Chinese market and increasing the attractiveness of the destination and creating a Chinese demand for Morocco. The aim of this strategy is to attract as many as 100,000 Chinese tourists to Moroccan cities in 2017.Morocco has recorded a sharp increase at 300 percent in Chinese visitors in the space of one year, a performance that is largely due to the removal of entry visas for Chinese nationals. To accompany this momentum, the ONMT has entered into partnerships with airlines including Air France, Etihad Airways and Turkish Airlines. The aim is to ensure regular flights and increase flows from China, pending the launch of direct flights between Morocco and China.According to Abderrafie Zouiten, head of the Moroccan National Tourist Board (ONMT), “this initiative will also help to better marketize Morocco in the Chinese market.” He stressed the need to deploy more efforts in accommodating this growing clientele.  The president of the China-Morocco Association for Economic Development, He Fang, said his association, which is a platform for cooperation in several economic sectors in Africa, wants to expand its cooperation with Morocco in the tourism sector by investing in particular with Chinese channels for the production of documentary films on Morocco. read more

October 12, 2019 | | Post a Comment

26 September 2008Key issues facing the world today – ranging from bringing stability to Afghanistan and Pakistan, promoting peace in the Middle East and achieving disarmament – can only be solved by having all of the world’s nations pool their efforts, Germany’s Foreign Affairs Minister told the General Assembly today. Frank-Walter Steinmeier stressed that we must resist viewing the world through the lens of “oversimplified categories” such as good and evil, East against West and North against South.“This is yesterday’s thinking,” he told the Assembly’s annual high-level debate. “It no longer has a place in today’s world. For us to resolve the problems of today and tomorrow, we all need more partners and not more opponents.”Problems in areas such as Georgia, Afghanistan and the Middle East underscore the need for the establishment of a new stable world older, Mr. Steinmeier, who is also Deputy Federal Chancellor, said.Likewise, the disarmament movement would gain momentum if a “global responsibility partnership” were to be created, he added.Germany believes in dialogue and reconciliation, but “this does not mean dialogue for the sake of discussion without any results. Nor does reconciliation of interests imply we are prepared to abandon our own principles,” the Minister said.But he reminded delegates of other pressing matters, such as the fight against hunger and poverty. “The pledges we made at the turn of the millennium must not remain a mere piece of paper,” he said, referring to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline.To accelerate progress towards these Goals, Germany will boost its poverty reduction and global fairness efforts, raising its Official Development Assistance (ODA) by $1.2 billion in the coming budget alone, Mr. Steinmeier declared.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underscored that the United Nations and the European Union (EU) share a responsibility to show that multilateralism works, that it delivers results and can address current and future crises.“As organizations, the United Nations and the European Union embody a belief in the power of multilateralism,” Mr. Ban told a seminar on UN-EU cooperation in crisis management and security.However, “if we are not effective, or are seen as compromised, competing visions based on more traditional balance of power concepts could take hold. Unilateral action could increase,” he cautioned. read more

October 8, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Canada Bond yields for Monday as of 4 p.m. (previous day in brackets):One-month: 0.71Three-month: 0.725Six-month: 0.925One-year: 1.155Two-year: 1.317Five-year: 1.65210-year: 2.06130-year: 2.471Interest rates:Prime rate: 2.95%Overnight lending rate: 0.75%

October 6, 2019 | | Post a Comment

“I am taking the unusual step of appointing Mr. Vieira de Mello, presently the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights, for this short-term assignment in Iraq, in view of his unique experience in serving the United Nations in post-conflict situations in the past,” Mr. Annan wrote in his letter to the President of the UN General Assembly. The Secretary-General added that the Security Council has entrusted the United Nations with “a vital role in providing humanitarian relief, assisting the reconstruction of Iraq and the establishment of national and local institutions of governance.” Mr. Vieira de Mello, a 55-year-old Brazilian, has had a long and distinguished UN career stretching over 30 years. Before being appointed the human rights post in 2002, he was the UN Transitional Administrator in East Timor and prior to that briefly held the position of Special Representative in Kosovo. He has extensive Headquarters and field experience in humanitarian and peacekeeping operations, including in Bangladesh, Sudan, Cyprus, Mozambique, Peru and Lebanon. During Mr. Vieira de Mello’s absence, his deputy, Bertie Ramcharan, will serve as Officer-in-Charge of the Geneva-based Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The nomination follows the Security Council’s adoption last week of a resolution that includes among the Special Representative’s duties “working intensively with the Authority (the United States and its partners), the people of Iraq, and others concerned to advance efforts to restore and establish national and local institutions for representative governance, including by working together to facilitate a process leading to an internationally recognized, representative government of Iraq.” read more

October 2, 2019 | | Post a Comment

“These elections are extremely important,” the Secretary-General’s Executive Representative in Sierra Leone, Jens Anders Toyberg-Frandzen, said in an interview with the UN News Centre. “I think the whole world is looking at Sierra Leone at the moment.” Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen added that while Sierra Leone was observing its third election cycle since the end of hostilities, the present election cycle – which includes four elections, namely presidential, parliamentary, local council and mayoral, to be held on 17 November – would be the first one run entirely by the Government. “They have full ownership and they will also be held fully accountable for this,” the UN envoy continued, stating that the vote would be “a turning point in manifesting that Sierra Leone has graduated from a post-conflict country to one that is now on a path to development.” For 11 years, Sierra Leone was torn by a vicious civil war after the rebel Revolutionary United Front intervened in an attempt to overthrow the country’s then-President Joseph Momoh. The conflict, which lasted from 1991 to 2002, was often punctuated by acts of extreme brutality as marauding bands of armed youths terrorized the countryside, conscripting child soldiers and used the amputation of limbs as an intimidation method against civilians.Asked if he had any concerns about whether tomorrow’s vote could degenerate into violence, Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen noted that there had been “very few incidences of anything” throughout the country and that all the political parties were rallying peacefully. Nevertheless, he suggested that one would be “naïve” not to assume that the risk did not exist. “When you have elections in a country like Sierra Leone, with the history that Sierra Leone has had, there are always areas that you keep an eye on,” Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen stated. “There are areas that are more prone to discontent than others. But I think that the preparations made so far by the national stakeholders are very good and pretty robust.”In a statement issued by his spokesperson yesterday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also encouraged the Sierra Leone electorate to ensure that the vote transpired peacefully. Describing the vote as a momentous occasion, Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen echoed Ban Ki-moon’s words and called on Sierra Leoneans “to feel free to vote for what you believe in and enjoy the day.”“I wish the people of Sierra Leone a wonderful election. This is something that we’ve been talking about for so long that I really hope this translates into a joyous day with clear results and that the country moves on into a new era of development,” he said.Tomorrow’s elections will be the country’s third since the end of its civil war, and the second since the withdrawal of the peacekeeping operation known as UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) in December 2005 – that mission was replaced by various other UN offices, most recently the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office (UNIPSIL), which focuses on political and development activities. read more

October 2, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Then-redshirt-sophomore running back Bri’onte Dunn (25) carries the ball during the 2014 OSU Spring Game on at Ohio Stadium.Credit: Lantern file photoFormer Ohio State running back Bri’onte Dunn has been charged with domestic violence and assault stemming from an incident involving his girlfriend last month. He has a warrant out for his arrest.The altercation took place on July 17 and he was promptly dismissed by coach Urban Meyer the next day.Two days after his dismissal, July 20, the 911 call from Dunn’s girlfriend surfaced where she described being hit early in the morning on the 17th. She also said in the 911 call that this wasn’t the first altercation between the two.The charges of domestic violence and assault are first-degree misdemeanors. The maximum penalty for each charge is six months in jail or $1,000 fine.This incident took place in Columbus, but Dunn’s address in the case summary is listed in Alliance, Ohio.Meyer said last week at Big Ten Media Days that there was “no chance” Dunn would be allowed to rejoin the team. read more

September 24, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgDespite escalating trade wars keeping commodity prices in check as well as increased regulatory challenges across the continent generally, Standard Bank’s mining team anticipates that 2019 will see miners continue to cautiously pursue emerging pockets of opportunity across the continent. Over the last 18 months, the focus in the mining sector has been on debt reduction and balance sheet repair. The results of this consolidation have been largely successful, with a few miners paying dividends for the first time in some years. As such, “efficiency improvements and portfolio and asset optimisation are expected to continue into 2019 as companies remain committed to moving down the cost curve in response to the 2013 to 2015 downturn,” says Mark Buncombe, Head of Mining & Metals at Standard Bank Group.The year 2019 is expected to see a renewed focus on mergers and acquisitions. The positive reception afforded the Barrick-Randgold merger in late 2018, for example, has encouraged other management teams to look more seriously at mergers and acquisitions as an option. Optimism levels across the continent will ultimately, however, mirror the regulatory environment, “with more investment expected where policy makers have actively encouraged investment,” says Buncombe. Ghana in 2018 was a case in point, “showing us that once policy makers build a business and investment-friendly legislative environment the market responds very quickly,” observes Buncombe.In South Africa, the finalisation of the Mining Charter and the shelving of controversial amendments to the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, for example, is expected to similarly accelerate corporate activity and the commitment of capital to the local mining sector in 2019. Other increasingly favourable legislative environments on the continent include; Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique and Ghana.A supportive regulatory environment is, however, only one part of the story. Despite ongoing currency volatility and uncertain global macro and commodities outlooks, other options to maximise value and drive growth and investment are available for miners in Africa’s more favorable legislative environments.These broader opportunities are expected to drive a diversification in financing practices in Africa’s mining industry. For example, in addition to corporate facilities, “Africa’s miners are increasingly seeking to optimise cost, liquidity and working capital requirements using additional products like asset financing, invoice discounting and inventory financing,” says Buncombe.This year is also likely to see miners, “increasingly look to their bankers to meet the financing needs of their clients’ broader supply and partner networks,” says Buncombe. This will require bankers to develop a much broader, detailed and altogether much more sophisticated view of value chain financing – including; financing the broader supplier, infrastructure, beneficiation and social ecosystems in which mines operate. This is also expected to extend to governments’ indigenisation efforts as, “locally-owned players tend to be more prevalent in the ecosystem,” he adds.Access to cheap and reliable power is expected to remain a key success factor for mining companies in Africa, driving continued investment in captive power generation capacity. As the cost of solar power comes down and new storage technologies make solar more viable as a source of power for the mining industry in Africa, “we have seen several clients invest in or consider investing in solar power plants to replace more expensive diesel generators or unreliable grid power,” says Buncombe. “This will have the additional benefit of improving miners’ environmental footprint while broadening investment beyond the mining sector,” he says.Despite global macro uncertainty and slowed growth in China, 2018 saw an increase in Chinese mining activity on the continent. Whilst there has been a lot of debate around capital availability for Chinese firms, “the evidence seems to suggest that this activity will not slow down this year,” predicts Buncombe.A more upbeat view of the South African market is supported by an increased global appetite for bulks, especially coal, chrome and manganese, as well as the fact that after almost a decade of cost cutting, miners now have ready cash to invest. The availability of equity cash, combined with a policy environment much more favourably disposed to the public-private partnerships that South Africa will need to establish if it is to benefit from the cyclical upturn in bulks, is not only likely to see an increase in production but will also see new investment in South Africa’s bulk export infrastructure. “This is likely to drive capital formation, jobs and growth beyond the mining sector,” says Buncombe.Given more favourable legislation in a number of African jurisdictions, sustained Chinese interest in the continent, the improved balance sheets of many African miners, an increased global appetite for bulks and the broader range of ecosystem-financing options available to miners, “we remain cautiously optimistic that Africa’s mining sector offers real opportunity for expansion in 2019 despite the challenging global macro environment and uncertain commodity prices,” says Buncombe.last_img read more

September 22, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgINDIA HAS HIRED a group of monkey impersonators to scare the real marauding animals away from parliament and other key buildings in the nation’s capital, officials said today.The “very talented” group of men has taken to wearing monkey masks, imitating their whoops and barks and hiding behind trees to ward off the aggressive animals, the head of the Delhi municipality told AFP.Groups of monkeys, which are revered in the majority Hindu nation, roam freely around Delhi’s streets where they trash gardens, offices and even attack people in their search for food.Concerns about the monkey population were raised in parliament where India’s government was asked what it was doing to combat the problem.An Indian minister said 40 trained men had in fact been hired to protect the raucous house, itself accused of monkey-like behaviour, from the animal intruders.“Various efforts are being made to tackle the monkey and dog menace inside and around the parliament house,” Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said in a written reply to a lawmaker’s question.“The measures include scaring the monkeys away by trained persons who disguise themselves as langurs (long tailed monkeys).”“The New Delhi Municipal Corporation has hired 40 young persons for this purpose,” Naidu added.“Very talented” monkey impersonatorsThe NDMC, the body tasked with providing civic services, said the men were “very talented” and had been trained to “closely copy” the noises and actions of the more aggressive langurs to scare away the smaller rhesus macaques.“They often wear a mask on their faces, hide behind the trees and make these noises to scare away the simians,” NDMC chairman Jalaj Srivastava told AFP.Monkey catchers and their trained langurs used to be hired by wealthy home owners, politicians and business people to patrol the streets to keep wild monkeys at bay.But the government cracked down on the business last year after a court ruled that keeping monkeys in captivity was cruel.With its lush lawns and gardens, monkeys are drawn to the streets around parliament, which is also home to top bureaucrats, business leaders and foreign embassies.- © AFP, 2014last_img read more

September 21, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Share17 Tweet Email2 By Christina Finn Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The contenders for the Fine Gael leadership, ranked from most to least likely He who wields the knife rarely wears the crown… 60 Comments THE RUMOUR MILL is well and truly in overdrive as to who will be the next Fine Gael leader.Since last week (which has been dubbed one of the worst the government has faced since taking office) pressure has been mounting on Enda Kenny to outline a timeline for his departure as party leader.A handful of backbench TDs have called for Kenny to stand aside in recent days – or at least to inform the party of his plans. He is expected to give some further detail later this evening at the party’s parliamentary party meeting.The Taoiseach himself has previously said he will not lead the party into another general election.Sources within the party said there was panic last week over the Maurice McCabe and Tusla scandal. There was a genuine fear a snap election could be around the corner, one TD said.Some Fine Gael TDs are anxious to see a change in leadership sooner rather than later – particularly in light of Fianna Fáil’s recent opinion poll success.So far, a number of ministers have ruled themselves in and out of the race.Here, we give you the six most likely successors to Enda Kenny… Housing Minister Simon Coveney with Taoiseach Enda Kenny at last year’s Fine Gael think-in in Kildare. Source: Eamonn FarrellSimon CoveneyHe’s the minister responsible for dealing with the homelessness crisis, the Irish Water debacle, and housing. Not exactly the easiest of portfolios.Since Enda Kenny’s leadership became an issue, his name has always been on the short list.Until recently, he has featured as the second favourite to Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar, who topped a Sunday Independent opinion poll on the likely next leader of Fine Gael last weekend with 27% support among the general public, compared to Coveney’s 23%.Varadkar also came out tops in a Claire Byrne Live poll this week. However, a poll of Irish Independent readers on Monday showed a distinctly different result – with 40% stating they thought Simon Coveney should be the next Taoiseach.Figures within his own party and, interestingly, many on the opposition benches, are quick to say they don’t doubt Coveney’s work ethic and dedication to the job – and while he’s often described as a “workhorse”, his critics say he might lack the charisma to be the next leader.His supporters contend that the Cork TD’s management of his brief compensates for any perceived lack of star power. Notably, Coveney was commended on how he dealt with pushback from Fianna Fáil on his rental strategy in December.Analysing more recent events, his stance during RTÉ’s Week in Politics that he would not push the Taoiseach out of office was seen by the more traditional, grass-roots members of the party as being the “respectful” way to deal with Enda Kenny.While Varadkar and his supporters have denied orchestrating any sort of strategy, Coveney said his fellow minister wanted to “push things” in relation to the departure of the Taoiseach.Let’s not forget, Kenny holds the record as the longest-serving member of Dáil Eireann and is still hugely respected in the party. His backing will be invaluable to whichever candidate he supports in the race. The two men have been working closely on the homelessness issue recently, and it’s understood they’ve struck up a good working relationship.Coveney’s time as Agriculture minister can’t be discounted either – it will have done him no harm with older voters and farmers, a traditional Fine Gael support base.Chances: Substantial. Following events of the last week, he could yet win Kenny’s backing as an alternative to Varadkar.  Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesLeo VaradkarIf money talks, then the Dublin West TD has a serious chance to be the next leader of Fine Gael.Bets on Leo Varadkar becoming the next Fine Gael leader were suspended by Paddy Power on Sunday after a rush from punters to place money on the Minister for Social Protection. Varadkar has long been regarded to be Enda’s successor, and he’s been on the campaign trail for some time now: the Dublin TD has travelled the length and breadth of the country opening up social welfare offices (even in Coveney’s own back yard of Carrigaline).However, whisperings that he may have been behind moves to force the Taoiseach into setting out a timeline to step aside may have put his ascension to the top job in jeopardy. He also disregarded party chairman Martin Heydon’s plea to TDs to stop commenting on the leadership issue last weekend – putting out a statement on Saturday night urging the Taoiseach to address the leadership situation.Varadkar’s plain-speaking style means he is well liked by the public. However some backbenchers think his off-message remarks have no place in the office of An Taoiseach, and could prove damaging.One TD pointed to Varadkar’s less-than-helpful remarks about Fianna Fáil and water charges during the government formation talks, which, it was feared, could have brought the whole process toppling down after over 60-odd days of negotiations.He’s held three ministries – Transport, Health and now Social Protection. Decent experience, sure – but the health portfolio, as it has for so many, proved difficult. Hospital waiting lists and trolley numbers were just as much an issue for Varadkar as they are now for Simon Harris.According to last weekend’s Sunday Independent poll on the issue of the Fine Gael leadership, Varadkar came out on top with 27%. Perhaps significantly, his lead is wider among Fine Gael supporters, who back him over Coveney by 37% to 28%.Chances: His popularity among the wider public could swing the party behind him. We predict Leo could have a fight on his hands.  Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe Source: RollingNews.iePaschal DonohoeThe Dublin TD has ruled himself out, but there’s talk that big government players like Finance Minister Michael Noonan are trying to convince him to throw his hat in the ring.The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform is rated highly within the party and is liked by many. Like Varadkar, Donohoe also served as Minister for Transport – and wasn’t shy of a good photoshoot. Source: Brian LawlessThe Minister’s been in the firing line when it comes to public pay in recent months. He had to concede the Garda pay deal after the pre-Christmas Labour Court decision, and he faces quite a few challenges ahead with the bus drivers, teachers and nurses.Donohoe is a capable media performer and senior members in the party see him as safe pair of hands.Chances: Slim, although, you never know, he could come up on the outside.  Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton TD Source: Sam BoalRichard BrutonHe’s no stranger to leadership heaves, having organised one already against Kenny in 2010 when the party was in opposition.That attempt collapsed, dismally. But has his desire for leadership been bubbling under the surface for the past seven years?The Education Minister has plenty of experience, having held numerous roles – most recently the high profile Jobs portfolio.His profile on the Fine Gael website says he is happiest when he is in the kitchen cooking chicken balti and listening to Leonard Cohen. Whether he would be willing to sacrifice this for a Taoiseach’s busy schedule remains to be seen.Chances: Slim again, but he has a thirst for the leadership that has not yet been quenched.  Minister for Health Simon Harris Source: Sam BoalSimon HarrisThe Health Minister has been in the spotlight recently in the wake of the broadcast of an RTÉ documentary depicting the daily lives of those living on hospital waiting lists.Harris, who represents Wicklow, said he would hold hospital managers to account over waiting list times and told his party colleagues at a meeting earlier this month that the party could not stand over what was happening in the health system.His leadership ambitions may not have been taken seriously until recently – but he’s very much in the mix after messages from a Fine Gael Whatsapp group were leaked at the weekend.It was claimed in the Whatsapp group that Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald is backing him for a tilt at the leadership. That’s not surprising. In a former life, before he was a politician, Harris worked in Fitzgerald’s office. So, it is safe to say they are close.There is no doubt he is ambitious. At the age of 30, he has already managed to get a seat at the Cabinet table. He may well put his name forward for the leadership, but it might not be his time, just yet.Chances: Maybe next time. Frances FitzgeraldFitzgerald has refused to rule out becoming Fine Gael’s first female leader. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesAppointed Tánaiste by Enda Kenny following the last general election, the Justice Minister has moved down the ranks in the leadership contest in recent weeks.While she may have featured higher in the past, she’s one of the line ministers responsible for dealing with the fallout from the latest Garda whistleblower controversy – as a result, some potential backers may be reluctant to throw their support her way this time around.Chances: Not great, considering recent events in government. Read: ‘Distracting and destabilising’: Leo Varadkar says ‘everyone is waiting’ on a decision from Enda >Read: How does Fine Gael go about electing a new leader? >center_img Life comes at you pretty fast. First pic 12:30pm, second pic 3:10pm— Gavan Reilly (@gavreilly) February 19, 2017 Source: Gavan Reilly/Twitter Wednesday 22 Feb 2017, 12:07 AM 32,283 Views Short URL Feb 22nd 2017, 12:07 AM last_img read more

September 21, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Listen on iPhone/iPad The Explainer: Why is there so much controversy over the Public Services Card? It’s a saga that has been rumbling on for years – but what exactly is it all about? Friday 13 Sep 2019, 5:30 PM IN 2011, THE Public Services Card (PSC) was introduced in the form of a pilot scheme for some social welfare recipients.The idea was simple: Streamline the delivery of multiple services such as social welfare by confirming the user’s identity on a simple card.But in recent years, it has become nothing but a headache for government. Criticism grew over the use of the card for more services than originally intended, sparking concerns it was quickly becoming a de-facto national ID card backed by a database of citizens’ biometric data, accessible by dozens of agencies.It has come to a head after the Data Protection Commissioner ruled in a landmark investigation that there was no lawful basis for anyone to be required to get a PSC for anything other than social welfare payments and benefits.So where did it go wrong with the card? Was this inevitable or could it have been avoided? And why exactly is it so controversial? Joining presenter Sinéad O’Carroll on The Explainer this week are’s reporter Sean Murray, who has been following the controversy closely, and solicitor Simon McGarr, director of Data Compliance Europe and a persistent campaigner for more clarity on the government’s use of the PSC as well as the associated data.They explore the development of the PSC over the past decade, how the cracks started to appear in the scheme, and why the public should be mindful of how their data is being used. 11,557 Views 43 Comments Short URLcenter_img Share16 Tweet Email2 By Nicky Ryan Listen on Android Source: The Explainer/SoundCloudFind a full list of where the podcast is available here.This episode was put together by presenter Sinéad O’Carroll, producer Aoife Barry, assistant producer and technical operator Nicky Ryan, and executive producer Christine Bohan. Design by Palash Somani. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Fri 5:31 PM last_img read more

September 20, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMicrosoft Woodstock: un nouveau service de musique en ligneLa firme de Redmond a peut-être échoué à concurrencer l’iPod avec son baladeur Zune mais ne compte pas laisser iTunes dominer le marché de la musique. Avec Woodstock, elle veut proposer une alternative au logiciel d’Apple…Quoi de mieux pour un service de musique que de prendre le nom du plus fameux festival de rock ayant jamais eu lieu ? C’est le pari de Microsoft à propos de Woodstock, qui s’affirme comme le remplaçant de Zune. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ce dernier avait pâti de l’échec du baladeur Zune, un concurrent de l’iPod made in Microsoft mais qui n’a jamais décollé. S’il était resté en place, le software n’était plus à la page et c’est donc le tout nouveau Woodstock qui va avoir la lourde tâche de concurrencer iTunes.Il devrait être présenté lors du salon E3 de Los Angeles, la messe annuel des jeux vidéos.Accessible depuis un navigateur Internet, Woodstock ne nécessiterait pas l’installation d’un plug-in et serait compatible Windows 8, Xbox, Android, iOS et probablement aussi Windows Phone. Il sera aussi intégré à Facebook afin de proposer des fonctions de partage et de création de listes de lecture en commun, relaye Zdnet. Enfin, il pourrait, comme iTunes, bénéficier d’un système d’identification des morceaux afin de permettre aux utilisateurs de disposer de leur musique personnelle. Il devrait être lancé à l’automne dans la foulée de la sortie de Windows 8. Le 30 avril 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

September 20, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Cool Gifts for ‘Final Fantasy’ LoversGEEK PICK: Final Fantasy 15 Pocket Edition HD Stay on target I thought Final Fantasy XV was great, but I’d be the first to admit that Chapter 13 was a chore. Its narrow corridors, uninteresting puzzles, clumsy stealth sections, and survival-horror vibe were at odds with the rest of the game. Square-Enix promised to adjust this portion after receiving negative user feedback. After months of waiting, the update has finally arrived.Update 1.06 and 1.07 clock in at a hefty 5.6GB. The changes brought to Chapter 13 account for the update’s beefy file size. The original version of Chapter 13 was purposely designed to be a departure from the rest of the game. However, the development team recognized that it wasn’t what the majority of players wanted to experience.“The direction of Chapter 13’s content was a deliberate decision made by the development team,” said the game’s director, Hajime Tabata, in February. “That said, the amount of stress inflicted on the player while running through this chapter was greater than we had anticipated. We believe resolving this issue will naturally lead to a better gameplay experience.”On top of altering Chapter 13, update 1.07 also fixes a number of bugs. Update 1.06 prepares the game for the upcoming Episode Gladiolus expansion that drops on March 28. Thanks to this expansion, we’ll finally know where Gladio ran off to during the middle of the game.Here is the list of all the Final Fantasy XV 1.06 and 1.07 updates:Version 1.07Various bug fixesVersion 1.06Addition of Chapter 13, Verse 2 (alternate route featuring Gladiolus)Enhancement of Arcana spells (Alterna, Holy, Death)Announcement of winning snapshots from first photo contest (viewable at Takka’s Pit Stop in Hammerhead)Temporary conclusion of Timed Quests (will resume at a later date)Addition of two pieces from “Episode Gladiolus” downloadable content to music player tracklistAddition of compatibility with “Episode Gladiolus” downloadable contentVarious gameplay enhancementsVarious bug fixesUpdated saves will not work on former versions of the gamelast_img read more

September 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica, cable television, cease transmission, subscribers Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, April 24 (JIS): Subscriber television (cable) operators are to cease transmission of 19 unlicensed channels in their packages by May 31 this year, or face sanctions.The directive was issued by the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica (BCJ) today (April 24), at a press conference at its headquarters in New Kingston.It represents the first phase of enforcement measures being undertaken by the Commission in relation to copyright regulations. The channels to be affected include nine from the Encore suite of channels, five from the Showtime group of channels, four from the Starz group, as well as the channel known as the ‘Movie Channel Extra’.Chairman of the BCJ, Professor Hopeton Dunn, said this action had become necessary as the distribution of unlicenced channels by local cable companies “has been elevated to a contentious international trade issue.”He noted that cable television operators in Jamaica are required to comply with local and international copyright laws and regulations, but have in fact, been operating in breach of these requirements for many years, particularly in relation to the channels and programmes they sell to subscribers. This, he said, is in spite of many measures that have been taken by the Commission to secure compliance.Professor Dunn pointed out that with approximately 98 unauthorised channels being transmitted, additional enforcement measures are required for the orderly, phased elimination of unlicenced cable channel operations in Jamaica. In this initial phase of the compliance regime, the Chairman noted that cable operators have been directed to remove the 19 channels and to provide their subscribers with notice of discontinuation and an explanation of the reasons for doing so. “Cable operators must also make whatever arrangements become necessary, based on the terms of contracts with subscribers, including refunds and channel substitution, where applicable and appropriate,” he said.Cable operators have also been directed, with immediate effect, to cease the promotion of any unlicenced channel to members of the public, as these will constitute false advertising and a violation of the Commission’s directive.The Commission’s decision is as a result of intensive meetings and discussions with all stakeholders over the past six months. This included local cable operators, international channel owners, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, among other Government departments.“Our focus has been on ensuring that our cable operators obtain legitimate content for distribution in Jamaica and on arriving at a strategy for the orderly and phased elimination of unlicenced cable channels operating in Jamaica,” Professor Dunn said.The Commission Chairman, said it regrets the inconvenience that these copyright compliance actions will cause Jamaicans, and asked for understanding of “these necessary regulatory changes in order to bring Jamaica into compliance with our international commitments and in order that subscribers are being sold cable channels which are legal in Jamaica”.“The Broadcasting Commission has, and must continue to enforce the rules governing broadcasting, and in particular, the requirements for compliance with the Copyright Act,” he said.“The public is being assured that we will remain vigilant in relation to the fair and balanced implementation of these compliance requirements and that we will maintain the ongoing dialogue that we have been having with all the stakeholders in order to ensure that there are settled arrangements and where possible, the crafting of new approaches for a more durable arrangement in relation to the cable sector,” Professor Dunn said.The full list of channels to be discontinued in Jamaica are: Encore Black; Encore Family; Encore Love; Encore Suspense; Encore WAM; Encore Classic; . Encore Drama; Encore Mystery; Encore Movie Plex; Showtime East; Showtime West; Showtime TOO; Showtime 2; Showtime Showcase; Starz Comedy; Starz West; Starz Kids and Family; Starz Multiplex; and The Movie Channel Xtra.last_img read more

September 14, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMore on this topic Spanfeller Media to Launch Active Lifestyle Site Q&A: Jim Spanfeller Wants “Entwined” Consumers Spanfeller Media Launches Second Website The Daily Meal Hires JP Kyrillos as President Spanfeller Media Group Launches TV Series How The Daily Meal Got 5 Million Uniques in 19 MonthsJust In The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry DivePowered by Both sites rely on a fast and deep content strategy, with both in-house writers and a growing group of outside contributors rapidly producing content to achieve scale. Spanfeller Media Group, publisher of The Daily Meal and The Active Times, raised another $5 million in a series C funding round. The round was led by iNovia Capital, which joins existing investors VantagePoint, SoftBank, Tribeca, Lerer and RRE, bringing the total VC raised to $12.5 million since the company launched in 2010.SMG plans to use the money to launch new verticals, hire more staff and fund a new data center. “We will be adding staff in the technology, sales and editorial areas and will be building our a new data center for the company,” says CEO and founder Jim Spanfeller. The company’s first site, The Daily Meal, now attracts 7 million monthly uniques. Second site The Active Times, which launched in June 2012 and targets adventure sports and active lifestyle enthusiasts, averages about 1 million monthly uniques. last_img read more

September 3, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgObaidul QuaderRoad transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader said on Sunday the repatriation of Rohingya people will begin immediately after the formation of the joint working group, reports UNB.“The work is on to form the working group,” he said while distributing relief materials among Rohingyas at Balukhali Rohingya camp in Ukhia of Cox’s Bazar.Noting that some 750,000 Myanmar nationals have already entered Bangladesh, the minister said the government’s capacity has been proven over mobilising the global opinion for the repatriation of Rohingyas with dignity.The Bangladesh-Myanmar joint working group is supposed to be formed by 14 December next in line with the ‘Arrangement on Return of Displaced Persons from Rakhine State’ signed between the two countries on 23 November last.According to the arrangement, a joint working group will be set up to oversee all the aspects of return within three weeks of signing of this arrangement.Awami League MPs Asheq Ullah Rafiq (Cox’s Bazar-2) and Shamsul Hoque Chowdhury (Chittagong-12), AL Organising Secretary Enamul Haque Shamim, AL Cox’s Bazar District President Advocate Sirajul Mostafa were, among others, present, according to a PID handout.last_img read more

September 3, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech during a joint campaigning event of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Christion Social Union (CSU) in Munich, southern Germany. Photo: AFPEurope “must take its fate into its own hands” faced with a western alliance divided by Brexit and Donald Trump’s presidency, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday.“The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out. I’ve experienced that in the last few days,” Merkel told a crowd at an election rally in Munich, southern Germany.“We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands,” she added.While Germany and Europe would strive to remain on good terms with America and Britain, “we have to fight for our own destiny”, Merkel went on.Special emphasis was needed on warm relations between Berlin and newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron, she said.The chancellor had just returned from a G7 summit which wound up Saturday without a deal between the US and the other six major advanced nations on upholding the 2015 Paris climate accords.Merkel on Saturday labelled the result of the “six against one” discussion “very difficult, not to say very unsatisfactory”.Trump offered a more positive assessment on Twitter Sunday, writing: “Just returned from Europe. Trip was a great success for America. Hard work but big results!”The US president had earlier tweeted that he would reveal whether or not the US would stick to the global emissions deal—which he pledged to jettison on the campaign trail—only next week.On a previous leg of his first trip abroad as president, Trump had repeated past criticism of NATO allies for failing to meet the defensive alliance’s military spending commitment of two percent of GDP.Observers noted that he neglected to publicly endorse the pact’s Article Five, which guarantees that member countries will aid the others they are attacked.The omission was especially striking as he unveiled a memorial to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the US, the only time the mutual defence clause has been triggered.Trump also reportedly described German trade practices as “bad, very bad,” in Brussels talks last week, complaining that Europe’s largest economy sells too many cars to the US.Sunday’s event saw Merkel renew bonds with the Christian Social Union (CSU), Bavarian sister party to her own centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU), ahead of a parliamentary vote in September.Polls show the chancellor, in power since 2005, on course to be re-elected for a fourth term.last_img read more

August 30, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgOctober 21, 2009 This story appears in the November 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Maybe it was inevitable: Avatars already rule the video game world. They’re taking over Facebook profile pages. They even have their own blockbuster movie (“Avatar,” as if we needed to tell you).And now avatars are taking meetings.ProtonMedia , a Pennsylvania software developer, has unleashed a product called Protosphere–a multi-user program that allows you to create what the company calls a “teaming environment.” In other words, you and your co-workers build your own avatars, then gather to have on-screen meetings in private conference rooms, art galleries, auditoriums–whatever virtual environment feels right.Unlike teleconferencing–so last year!–Protosphere gives everyone face time, without having to deal with actual face.”At first glance, people think this is a 3-D videogame with avatars, but that’s only the sexy skin,” says Ron Burns, ProtonMedia’s founder and CEO.Indeed, Protosphere has recently gained serious traction among major companies. Boeing, Chevron and Johnson & Johnson are just a few of those using the program to connect employees in far-flung offices.Or, surprisingly often, to connect employees in the same office–which makes it quite possible that there are people walking around the Johnson & Johnson building who only know one another as avatars.At least they’re accurate: There are hundreds of ways to customize a Protosphere avatar: First choose a head shape, skin and eye color, nose and other facial features, body type and hairstyle. Sport jeans and a tee for a casual networking event, or change into a pantsuit for that important meeting with the boss.Talking is as easy as clicking the speak button–no need to dial a phone or schedule a call. Users can also chat using instant messaging, and comments can be shared publicly or privately. Want someone to know you’re in a hurry? Command your avatar to glance at her watch–that should send the message.A free demo is available at , though each company’s virtual world is custom built. The program ranges from $250 to $1,000 per user.”Protosphere is meant to give context to content,” Burns says, “to humanize the massive layer of data that businesses swim in everyday.”By taking out the humans, of course. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more

August 19, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img TORONTO — Trafalgar’s latest travel agent contest is giving agents the chance to experience the best of England while on its ‘Best of Devon and Cornwall’ tour. The contest, launched today, is available in the latest edition of Travel Professional, Europe edition.During the 8-day itinerary, the lucky winner will visit Bristol, Bath, Dunster, Lynmouth, Plymouth, Exeter and Salisbury. Highlights of the trip include a visit to Royal Windsor, the Roman Baths in Bath, Longleat House in Warminster, picturesque Lacock village, the ancient seaport of Bideford, the gorgeous artists’ colony of St. Ives, the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, and John Constables Salisbury.Agents can read more about Trafalgar in the issue, which will be arriving on agents’ desks today. The issue also features an exclusive interview with Wolf Paunic President, Traflagar Canada, on page 17.To enter to win the trip for two, agents can click here or enter the form below.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truck Share Tags: Contests, Trafalgar Travelweek Group Trafalgar launches new agent contest in Travel Professional, Europe editioncenter_img Thursday, February 8, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted bylast_img read more