Minister to Press Ottawa for Adequate Funding For Equalization

first_imgFINANCE–Minister to Press Ottawa for Adequate Funding ForEqualization “We have several key issues that we want the federal governmentto address,” said Mr. Christie, “including enhancements to theequalization program, the federal commitment to additional healthcare and census relief. These are all factors that couldseriously impact not just this year’s budget, but future budgetsas well. We need to hear from Ottawa so we can make proper budgetdecisions and to continue providing essential services to NovaScotians.” Mr. Christie said the federal government has reported surplusesin the tens of billions of dollars over the past several years,and therefore has the fiscal capacity to address the provinces’concerns over equalization. “Nova Scotia has worked hard to present balanced budgets whileinvesting in health care, education and maintaining a competitiveeconomy,” said Mr. Christie. “Without some recognition by Ottawaof the potential impact of nationwide pressures, it will bedifficult for us to meet our obligations.” He added thatgovernment is already investigating ways to reduce spending tomeet the province’s financial challenges. The census issue alone could have a significant negative impacton those provinces receiving equalization, including Nova Scotia.Statistics Canada recently released final census figures, thatshowed Nova Scotia’s population is growing at a slower thanexpected pace. A lower population base could mean less equalization money infederal transfers for most provinces. The total negative impacton the provinces could be close to $390 million. The ministersaid the specific dollar impact on Nova Scotia wouldn’t be clearfor months. “Two things all political parties in Nova Scotia say they agreeon is a balanced budget, and making minority government work. Webelieve all parties should pressure Ottawa for an adequatelyfunded equalization program,” said Mr. Christie. Nova Scotia Finance Minister Peter Christie is heading to Ottawathis week to impress on the federal government the need toadequately fund the equalization program, ensuring the samequality of services to all Canadians. Mr. Christie and his provincial and territorial counterparts aremeeting with federal Finance Minister John Manley on Friday, Oct.center_img For several months now, the provinces have been pushing the federal government to make changes to the equalization formula.last_img read more

Original petitioner unhappy with flawed NRC doubts capability of software used

first_imgGuwahati: The Assam Public Works (APW), the original petitioner in the Supreme Court which led to the updation of the National Register of Citizens six years ago, called the final NRC a “flawed document” as its prayer for re-verification of draft NRC was rejected by the apex court. The NGO also wondered whether the software used in the updation exercise was capable to handle so much data and if it was examined by any third party Information Technology expert, APW president Aabhijeet Sharma said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “The Final NRC has made it obvious that the problem of illegal immigration will never be resolved in Assam. Had it been completed flawlessly, it would have been a golden chapter in Assam’s history,” Sharma told reporters after the final NRC was released, excluding names of over 19 lakh applicants. The APW, as the primary petitioner, had submitted five memoranda in the Supreme Court requesting re-verification of the draft NRC but they were rejected, he said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “The 27 per cent re-verification done by him (NRC State Coordinator Prateek Hajela) is a mystery. No one knows whether or not it was 100 per cent flawless,” Sharma said. He also expressed “strong doubt” on the software used as names of many doubtful voters had entered the draft NRC. “Was it due to the flaws of the software that members of 39 families of ‘D’ (doubtful) voters of Morigaon district are included in the draft NRC as mentioned by the then district dommissioner?” the APW president asked. In 2009, the APW filed a petition in the Supreme Court praying that names of 41 lakh foreigners be deleted from the electoral rolls of Assam and the NRC updated. In response to the petition, the Centre told the apex court that the 1951 NRC was being updated. The Supreme Court in 2013 took up the APW petition and directed both the Central and state governments to begin the process for updating the NRC and the actual work began two years later.last_img read more

Elegance Meets Entertainment in Rabats Trendy Lounge

By Zoubida SenoussiRabat- Nestled in the heart of the legendary and emblematic Tour Hassan Palace, Rabat welcomes a new contemporary venue called The Trendy Lounge.The Trendy Lounge opened its doors on March 29, and has already distinguished itself with its cozy atmosphere and artsy-chic decor, offering the promise of luxury, refinement, and the guarantee of a unique experience. Tour Hassan Palace appeals to lovers of elegance and is already one of the most coveted addresses in Rabat. The lounge is an attractive scene for family gatherings, hanging out with coworkers, and enjoying fun times with friends. he lounge features a variety of gastronomic options; it offers delicacies such as Spanish tapas, sushi, spring rolls, and many kinds of wines and other delights from across the globe. Even the pickiest of customers now have a place that can meet all of their criteria and standards.A prestigious five-star hotel, Hassan Tour Palace opened in 1912, combining the authenticity of Moorish architecture with Moroccan arabesque luxury and elegance. The hotel manages to provide modern comforts while preserving its historical and cultural splendor.The Tour Hassan Palace has been frequented by many local and international personalities, such as David Bowie, Elizabeth Taylor, Claudia Cardinale, Omar Sharif, Lenny Kravitz, and Clint Eastwood–to name a few.Situated in Morocco’s capital, the Trendy Lounge offers visitors an ideal spot to kick back with friends and family after enjoying some of Morocco’s most important historical attractions. This new hotspot is one of the many evening locales that prove that Rabat still has much to contribute to the nation’s nightlife, despite the city’s relatively calm atmosphere in comparison to bigger international hubs like Marrakech or Casablanca. read more

Fairbanks North Star Borough to removed CBD ads on buses

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — A Fairbanks North Star Borough official says ads for a cannabinoid commonly called CBD were mistakenly posted on public buses.The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the local store’s ads are being removed.Borough transportation director Glenn Miller says the ads from Aurora Apothecary should not have been accepted . He says the borough rejects potentially controversial advertisements.Miller says no one has complained about the CBD ads.CBD is credited with easing multiple health problems — a claim lacking scientific evidence. CBD is a non-intoxicating cannabis extract, unlike tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the marijuana chemical that gets people high.Kemp Lankford, who owns Aurora Apothecary, says the borough returned his money. But he adds he’s disappointed and believes many people misunderstand CBD, which is derived from industrial hemp.___Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.comThe Associated Press read more

Shanghai Expo offers invaluable ideas for tackling todays challenges – Ban

31 October 2010The 2010 World Expo may be coming to a close but the ideas it has provided over the past six months are “invaluable” to tackling some of today’s biggest challenges, including rapid urbanization, climate change and sustainable development, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in Shanghai on Sunday. More than 70 million people from dozens of countries visited the Expo, the first to be organized by a city in a developing country. Mr. Ban said its theme – “Better City, Better Life” – was very timely, noting that more than half of the world’s people currently live in cities, and that percentage will continue to grow.“Thanks to this Expo, millions of people learned about possibilities for making our cities healthier and safer – cities that better integrate nature and technology, cities that offer their citizens cleaner air and water, and better lives all around,” he stated at the Expo’s Summit Forum.It offers “hope for tackling the growing challenges of our age of urbanization,” he added. The Secretary-General noted that cities remain powerful draws for jobs and economic opportunity, with people flocking to them in hopes of finding a better life. At the same time, today’s cities are under enormous pressure, becoming less and less able to cope with the growing number of people moving into them. Billions of people live in life-threatening conditions, he said, trapped in slums from which they cannot hope to escape, lacking basic amenities from fresh water and sanitation to basic shelter.“The Shanghai Expo has given us invaluable ideas for tackling these challenges,” stated Mr. Ban. “We have seen innovations in construction and new uses of natural resources. We have been reminded of what architects and builders can do to cut energy and water use. We more fully appreciate the importance of mass transit systems. And we understand that special attention must be given to the unique problems of the world’s slums.”He expressed hope that, in all this, China will be an “urban pioneer,” noting that the country is already a frontrunner in addressing the urban slum challenge and in embracing green technologies, renewable energy sources and green business models. Mr. Ban arrived in Shanghai yesterday, and met with the Foreign Minister of China, Yang Jiechi, with whom he discussed a number of issues, including further expanding China-UN cooperation, climate change, non-proliferation, as well as the situations in the Korean peninsula, Myanmar and Sudan. They plan to continue their discussion in the capital, Beijing, in the coming days.From Shanghai, the Secretary-General traveled to Nanjing, where he received an honorary doctorate from one of the world’s oldest centres of learning. “By honouring me, you are recognizing the critical role of the UN in shaping our modern world, a world that increasingly looks to China,” he told the gathering at Nanjing University. Noting that the world’s most populous country is its fastest growing economy, Mr. Ban said that the big question is how to ensure that this growth is sustainable.“You have become the world’s largest manufacturer and exporter. But you are also the world’s greatest emitter of greenhouse gases, the price of feeding the consumption habits of people in developed countries,” he said.Also, while China is the fastest growing market for cars in the world, it lays claim to seven of the world’s ten most polluted cities. Ten years of close regulation have seen the country’s forests start to recover, but its paper mills and furniture makers contribute to the loss of forests in Russia, Indonesia and Brazil.At the same time, China is not only fighting poverty, but it is beginning to fight the side-effects of prosperity – climate change and environmental degradation, said Mr. Ban.China has set a target of controlling biodiversity loss by 2020, backed by state funds. Its biodiversity action plan designates 35 priority conservation areas, covering 23 per cent of the country. Also, it invested over $34 billion last year in the low-carbon economy, more than any other nation. Three of the top 10 global wind turbine makers are in China and the country commands half the global solar market. “These facts tell me that China is serious about sustainable development,” said the Secretary-General. “Let China be the country to show the way ahead. Let China show the world how to live comfortably, in harmony with the environment and leaving none of its citizens behind.”China is the last leg of the Secretary-General’s four-nation Asian tour, which also included visits to Thailand, Cambodia and Viet Nam. read more

North Korea tension Volleyball spotted in nuclear test site

Digitalglobe/Getty Images(BBC) US experts who analyse satellite images from North Korea say they have seen unusual activity at the country’s nuclear test site: volleyball games.The images were taken on Sunday by a commercial satellite amid speculation that Pyongyang was preparing for its sixth nuclear test at a time of growing tensions with the US.The pictures were released by 38 North, a North Korea monitoring project at Johns Hopkins University, in Maryland.The analysts gave two possible reasons for the unexpected activity at the Punggye-ri test site: either preparations had been put on “stand-by”, or this was part of a “deception plan” by the government.“Regardless,” they said in a report, “the Punggye-ri nuclear test site appears able to conduct a sixth nuclear test at any time once the order is received from Pyongyang.”The status of the test site remained unclear, experts Joseph S. Bermudez Jr, Jack Liu and Frank Pabian said.“Possible explanations for the most recent developments are [that] the site and associated preparations for a sixth nuclear test have transitioned to a ‘stand-by’ status, with personnel being allowed some down-time for recreation.“[Or that] Pyongyang has initiated a tactical pause in activity at the test site as part of an overall deception plan, delaying the sixth nuclear test until a time when a detonation would achieve the greatest political advantage.”Digitalglobe/Getty ImagesThe images showed indications of some minor dumping from mine carts, which could indicate tunnelling work, but no active pumping of water out of the tunnel system used for nuclear testing, they added.There had been speculation that leader Kim Jong-un could order a nuclear test to coincide with celebrations to mark the 105th anniversary of the birth of North Korea’s founding president, Kim Il-sung, last Saturday.Tensions have escalated recently, with Pyongyang warning Washington not to take provocative action in the region, saying it is “ready to hit back with nuclear attacks”.The US, for its part, says that the “era of strategic patience” with the country is over.The Punggye-ri site is located in a mountainous region in the north-east. North Korea says it has already conducted five successful nuclear tests – in 2006, 2009, 2013 and in January and September 2016.But questions remain over how advanced the country’s nuclear programme is.Pyongyang has claimed to have miniaturised nuclear warheads for use on missiles, though experts have cast doubt on that given the lack of evidence.Meanwhile, the country has conducted a series of ballistic missile launches in recent months in defiance of UN sanctions. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNorth Korea preparing more missile launches, says SouthSeptember 4, 2017In “World”North Korea state media warns of nuclear strike if provokedApril 11, 2017In “World”Trump: Time to remove ‘blindfolds’; U.N. must ready new North Korea sanctionsApril 24, 2017In “World” read more

North Ruimveldt taxi driver robbed carjacked by gunman

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDog food vendor shot by lone gunman, as female colleagues robbedSeptember 25, 2018In “Crime”Pensioner robbed after withdrawing money from city bankMay 12, 2016In “latest news”Taxi driver badly beaten, robbed in SophiaJune 9, 2016In “Crime” A North Ruimveldt, Georgetown man is now in a distraught state after he was held up by a lone gunman and robbed of his motor car on Saturday night.Reports are Michael Jacobs stopped at East Street, Georgetown about 23:20h and was talking on his cellular phone when the lone gunman pounced on him.INews was told that the hijacker pointed a gun at him and demanded his vehicle, PSS 3274. The gunman also took two cells phones along with $2000. He then told Jacobs to leave the key in the ignition and exit the car, and the taxi driver complied. The gunman subsequently made good his escape in the car.The Mazda motor car was discovered stripped of its mirrors and battery around 10:30h on Sunday in Meadow Brook Gardens, Greater Georgetown.The Police are currently hunting for the gunman as investigations continue. read more

iPhone 5 predicted to be just 79mm thick

first_imgAt Apple, design is everything. Not only does the company want the best looking devices on the market, they also like to be ahead of competitors by having the thinnest gadgets, or by shipping displays with a resolution far above anything that has gone before.So, when there’s an opportunity to reduce the thickness of the next iPhone by 0.44mm, you’d expect Apple to take it. According to Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at KGI Securities, that’s exactly what Apple is going to do for the iPhone 5 by using a different touchscreen solution.The almost half a millimeter saving would be made possible by a switch to an in-cell touch panel. By embedding the touch sensor in the actual LCD display, it removes the need for separate sensor layer. In turn, you get a reduction of thickness by as much as 0.44mm because not only is that extra layer gone, but you can bond the cover glass directly to the LCD.If we take the iPhone 4S as a base, it is 9.3mm thick. Replace the touchscreen for an in-cell solution and that drops to 8.86mm. That is of course assuming there’s no other component inside the iPhone casing that requires the extra 0.44mm of height.Such a saving would not beat the Droid Razr with its 7.1mm thickness (although that doesn’t include the Razr’s hump), but it could be just one of several thickness savings in the iPhone 5. Kuo also suggests Apple will employ a metal back and thinner battery in order to save on thickness. The end result is a phone predicted to be just 7.9mm thick.Including a thinner battery may set alarm bells ringing about battery life, but if Apple includes a larger display, the iPhone 5 would probably end up with a larger, yet thinner battery inside due to the extra width and height afforded by a larger screen. Again, that’s assuming Apple is happy to increase the overall size of the phone a bit.One final benefit of this new touchscreen is a significant reduction in manufacturing time for the phone. The existing 12-16 days could be reduced to 3-5 days because only 3 bonding stages are required instead of the iPhone 4s’ 6 stages.Whatever surprises the iPhone 5 holds, Apple must surely be putting the final touches to its design. The next iPhone is expected to launch this Fall, or be announced as early as WWDC in June.via AppleInsiderlast_img read more

Odsonne Edouard reveals Edinson Cavanis mentorship

first_imgCeltic striker Odsonne Edouard has revealed Edinson Cavani took him under his wing during the pair’s time together at Paris Saint-Germain.Edouard has been in impressive form so far this campaign with scoring 12 goals in 26 appearances for Celtic across all competitions and he’s keen to play at the highest level.“When I was at PSG, he gave me advice every day. Whether it was about my positional sense, my finishing, even my speed, he spoke to me a lot.” Edouard said, according to Evening Times.“This gave me a massive amount of belief in myself that a great striker like him took time out to speak to me.”“He basically was responsible for me being a striker and he gave me confidence.“I was also there with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but he was different. I was a kid and that was it. He didn’t speak the same language as me so it was not easy to communicate.”Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.“Occasionally, he gave me a few instructions through signs, but there wasn’t a lot of exchanges between us.”Meanwhile, Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie insists the team will take the title challenge of Kilmarnock serious when the pair meet this weekend.“We’ll treat Kilmarnock with respect because they are where they are on merit – this isn’t a fluke,” said Christie.“They’ve played some good football and they’re always such a hard team to come up against, which I’m sure will be the case again this weekend.”“But the incentive is clear enough for us – win and we’ll be in first place and that’s where we want to be. A lot has been said about the number of games we’re being asked to play at the moment but we just need to win as many of them as possible and, hopefully, by the time we get to the winter break, we’ll be top of the league.”last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Buds AirPod alternatives with wireless charging arrive March 8 for

first_img 64 Photos Samsung Galaxy Buds charge right off the back of the… Samsung Event Mobile World Congress 2019 Sound by AKG: Samsung’s acquisition of Harman means AKG branding on these earbuds. We’ll see how they sound, but these are technically Samsung’s first wireless Qi audio devices that are AKG-tuned. Samsung also promises better audio quality through amplified dual microphones. There’s an outer and inner mike per bud, and they help filter out noise during calls.Bluetooth 5, and improved connections to multiple devices: These earphones should have greater range thanks to Bluetooth 5, which isn’t in AirPods yet. Samsung also promises a new between-device connection feature called Connection Shift, which will swap between a watch and phone faster. According to Samsung, this will even work on non-Samsung Jason Hiner/CNET One-tap Bixby (or Google Assistant, or Alexa): Bixby is on by default so you can control your phone via the Galaxy Buds, but yes, you can have it use Google Assistant instead, or whatever voice assistant you choose on the phone to be the default. Bixby (or another assistant) can be commanded by a tap, like in previous Gear Icon X earbuds. Among the things Bixby can do, if you’re curious: make calls, send texts, check battery, advance to the next song. Bixby coaching, a previous fitness-focused feature, is gone. Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10E: Every camera lens and curve New Galaxy S10 phones bring it Galaxy Fold is the most exciting phone we’ve seen in years Every camera lens and curve on the new Galaxy S10 phones What’s the difference in all the S10 models? Galaxy Buds with wireless charging arrive March 8 for $130 Post a comment 0 Mobile Accessories Tagscenter_img Buds charge on the phone. Jason Hiner/CNET Samsung’s new Galaxy S10 phones have brand-new wireless earbuds, and they charge right off the back of the phone. Are they Samsung’s answer to Apple’s AirPods? Well, kind of. But also, they’re an evolution of Samsung’s existing fitness earbuds, too.Apple wasn’t the first company to make wireless earbuds. In fact, Samsung beat Apple to the punch several years ago with the Gear Icon X fitness earbuds, which had onboard fitness tracking and music storage. Samsung’s newest wireless buds are more colorful, focus on music fidelity instead of fitness and aim for an AirPods-undercutting price of $130, arriving March 8. (Converted, that’s about £100 or AU$180.) Here’s what you need to know about Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds from our early look. Wireless charging, through the phone: These earbuds’ coolest trick is that their contactless charge-enabled case works with Samsung’s new Wireless PowerShare charging on the back of the Galaxy S10 phones. Drop them on your phone, and they’ll charge up, at the equivalent of 5W (a rough estimate of a fully dead case to fully charged would be an hour). The case can also charge via and yellow. Jason Hiner/CNET Smaller than previous Samsung earbud cases: Samsung says the Galaxy Buds are 30 percent smaller overall than the Gear Icon X earbuds. According to Samsung, dropping onboard music playback from the Gear Icon X helped shrink these new Buds. (The Buds in their case still end up being a bigger package overall than AirPods.)   Five to 6 hours of battery life in buds, an extra 7 hours in the case: Samsung estimates these will last for 5 hours of talk time, or 6 hours of music. That beats AirPods, which get about 2 hours of talk time and 5 hours of music. The case should contain the equivalent of another full charge plus an hour or so. Now playing: Watch this: More from Samsung Tap controls: There are tap-sensitive spots on the Buds to use as controls, too, but stay tuned for specifics.You can use just one earbud: Like an AirPod.Color choice: Black, white or yellow. Samsung doesn’t have any coral-pink Buds, but the yellow ones do seem pretty striking. At least there’s a choice in color.Free for Galaxy S10 preorders: Samsung’s tossing in Galaxy Buds with early preorders of the S10 phones before March 8. It’s not a bad extra to have, and probably beats previous bonuses like a Gear VR headset for utility. 1:27 Samsung Share your voicelast_img read more

Pebble FACA case against EPA to go forward

first_imgThe Pebble Limited Partnership’s lawsuit against the EPA, alleging violations of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, will go forward. That’s according to a ruling Thursday by Anchorage federal court Judge H. Russel Holland.Download Audio:Judge Holland denied the EPA’s motion to dismiss the case, which was argued last week in Anchorage court.Mike Heatwole is a spokesperson for Pebble:“With today’s ruling, the judge has essentially said that Pebble has raised plausible claims about how the EPA has handled and utilized input from anti-mining groups in all of the work regarding the Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment. It represents a pretty significant victory for us that allows our case to advance,” said Heatwole.Pebble’s opponents were quick to say Thursday that they were disappointed with the ruling. Among them is United Tribes of Bristol Bay director Alannah Hurley, who acknowledged the setback, but says it’s important to keep the ruling, and the case, in perspective:“This case is about a federal advisory process protocol. It in no way changes the scientific fact that if the Pebble Mine is developed, it will harm the last great salmon fishery on the face of the planet. It doesn’t change the fact that the EPA has the authority to take this action to protect this fishery, and has had, and will continue to have, the full support of our region to do so,” said Hurley.While the FACA case moves forward, Judge Holland has ordered the EPA to halt all work on the Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment and the preemptive dredge and fill restrictions it had intended to finalize earlier this year. Judge Holland’s temporary injunction, requested by Pebble, will remain in place:“So it basically prevents the EPA from advancing it’s preemptive veto against the project.” said Pebble’s Heatwole. “The next phase for us is discovery, and as we’ve long asserted, we believe there’s quite a bit more information out there as to what was going on behind the scenes with the EPA’s actions against Pebble.”Both Pebble and the mine’s opponents said the FACA case will likely play out over at least the next year.In a separate, the third filed by Pebble against the EPA, Pebble is suing for more agency documents and emails it says the EPA is not turning over as per requests made under the Freedom of Information Act.last_img read more

Lawmakers Legislature likely to vacate controversial downtown office

first_imgThe Legislature is likely to back out of its controversial and costly lease of new legislative offices in downtown Anchorage, according to a couple of Republican lawmakers.Download AudioLess than a year after moving into a new leased building with 30 offices, an auditorium, and several conference rooms, the Legislature appears increasingly likely to take a cheaper alternative. (KTUU / Austin Baird)The Legislative Council, a committee that handles business affairs for the branch and is composed of members of the House and Senate, will gather Saturday for a vote inside the leased Fourth Avenue building that for many has become a symbol of excessive government spending at a time when policy makers are grappling with a multi-billion dollar shortfall.Staying in the six-story building, which re-opened in January after extensive renovations, would cost the state $47.8 million over the next decade, according to a report commissioned by the council’s current chair, Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak.A decision to enter into a 10-year lease agreement with developer Mark Pfeffer was brokered under Stevens’ predecessor, Rep. Mike Hawker, R-Anchorage.The bill for occupying vacant space in the Atwood Building over the same period of time, in comparison, is about $6.6 million, the report states. That building is blocks from the new legislative offices and already houses many state employees, including the governor’s main office outside of the State Capitol.Senate President Kevin Meyer, a member of the council, said his “personal view” is that the numbers speak for themselves: “We will be able to save money by doing that, and that’s what we all want to do during these times,” the Anchorage Republican said in a recent interview. “The numbers I’ve seen would indicate that it’s probably the best move.”“I have a feeling that it’s dead. I think we’ll move out,” said Rep. Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage. “The whole thing is a hot potato.”Democrats have long advocated taking a different and cheaper solution to offseason legislative work spaces, including a push unveiled Monday for each legislator to get $1,500 per month for an office in their district.“It’s time for the Republican leadership to admit their mistake and seriously consider alternatives,” House Minority Leader Chris Tuck, D-Anchorage, wrote in a news release.Gov. Bill Walker’s spokesperson, Katie Marquette, said in a statement Tuesday that the governor “would certainly welcome legislators into existing state-owned space like the Atwood building, but he respects that the Legislature is a separate branch of government, and the decision is ultimately up to lawmakers.”While rent comparisons clearly indicate cost savings from trading spaces, legal impacts of breaking the lease remain ambiguous. Republicans wary of reneging on the deal have expressed concern that Pfeffer would file a lawsuit seeking damages.Another concern is that the Atwood Building would not have space for committee meetings that occur regularly outside of the 90-day lawmaking session, Pruitt said.If the upcoming session drags into overtime, as policymakers weigh controversial tax proposals and budget cuts, the lack of an exclusive office would leave homesick Southcentral lawmakers without an obvious place to hold meetings away from the Capitol.The council’s hearing begins at 9 a.m. Saturday in the auditorium at the legislative offices. A portion of the meeting may be closed to the public.Copyright © 2015, KTUU-TV – Republished with permissionlast_img read more

FTV Fashion Calendar launched in Bengaluru

first_imgA picture from the launch of FTV Calendar in Bengaluru.PR Handout RelatedPrateik Babbar in Rajinikanth’s Darbar: From Trí Nguyễn to Neil Nitin, here is how Murugadoss presented villainsKamal Haasan’s Indian 2 to change hands; will Sun Pictures take over Shankar’s project?KGF 2: Prashanth Neel-Ravi Basrur begin the music composition for Yash-starrer Kamar Film Factory has launched FTV Fashion Calendar in a grand event held in Bengaluru, on Monday evening, 15 April.After Hyderabad, FTV unveiled its calendar in Bengalutu in the event held at Shangri-La hotel, which saw the attendance of prominent personalities from fashion and Kannada film industry.The event was followed by a fashion Show presented by Bengaluru based models in two sequences, show.”We are coming up with a fashion of International standards for people of India. It’s a tour for all metropolitan cities. Fashion and style meets the choice of Indian fashion industry, this tour is first of its kind in India,” Kamar, head of Fashion TV India, said.About Fashion TV: Since its inception in 1997, Fashion TV has been setting the highest standards for excellence in fashion and lifestyle broadcasting.The only TV equivalent to fashion print media appealing to everyone interested in fashion, style, beauty and trends, Fashion TV understands and caters to its audience by providing original, unbiased and informative programming not available on other networks. A strong image and exceptional awareness of Fashion TV’s brand projects a unique, cosmopolitan and a modern style allowing for influential partnerships with many global brands.center_img A picture from the launch of FTV Calendar.PR Handoutlast_img read more

Samsung heir suspect in SKorea corruption scandal

first_imgSamsung Group’s heir-apparent Lee Jae-Yong answering a question during a parliamentary probe into a scandal engulfing President Park Geun-Hye at the National Assembly in Seoul. AFP file photoSamsung heir Lee Jae-Yong has become a criminal suspect in a widening probe into the corruption and influence-peddling scandal engulfing impeached South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, prosecutors said Wednesday.Lee, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics and the son of the Samsung Group chairman Lee Kun-Hee, would be quizzed as a “suspect” in connection to bribery, prosecutors said.“We have decided to question Lee tomorrow morning… as a suspect,” Lee Kyu-Chul, spokesman for the team of special prosecutors investigating the scandal, told reporters.The affair centres on Park’s secret confidante Choi Soon-Sil, who is accused of using her ties to Park to coerce top firms into “donating” tens of millions of dollars to two non-profit foundations which Choi then used as her personal ATMs.Samsung was the biggest contributor to the foundations. It is also accused of separately giving millions of euros to Choi to bankroll her daughter’s equestrian training in Germany in a bid to curry favour.Prosecutors have for months questioned Lee and other senior Samsung officials. The officials reportedly argued that although they were coerced to offer money, they sought no favours in return and thus the payments were not a bribe.Spokesman Lee said prosecutors “left open the possibility” of formally arresting the Samsung scion later.Prosecutors are investigating whether Samsung bribed Choi in order to win state approval for a controversial merger which it sought in 2015.The merger of two Samsung group units—Cheil Industries and Samsung C&T—was seen as a crucial step towards ensuring a smooth third-generation power transfer to Lee Jae-Yong.It was criticised by many, who said it wilfully undervalued Samsung C&T’s stocks. But the National Pension Service (NPS) — a major Samsung shareholder—voted in favour of the deal and it eventually went through.Prosecutors have raided multiple Samsung offices as well as the NPS in connection with the scandal. The fund—the world’s third largest pension fund—is overseen by the welfare ministry.A former welfare minister was arrested last month for allegedly pressuring NPS officials to vote in favour of the Samsung deal.Park, who stands accused of colluding with Choi to extract money from the firms, was impeached by parliament last month but denies any criminal wrongdoing.The Constitutional Court is currently reviewing the validity of her impeachment.Choi is on trial for charges including coercion and abuse of power.last_img read more

PM Sheikh Hasina returns home

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina. File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina returned home on Saturday morning wrapping up her 12-day tri-nation tour to Japan, Saudi Arabia and Finland, reports UNB.A special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the PM and her entourage landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 10:55am.Sheikh Hasina left Finnish capital Helsinki for Doha at 7:05pm (local time) on Friday by a flight of Qatar Airways concluding her five-day visit to Finland.Bangladesh ambassador to Sweden, Norway and Finland Md Nazmul Islam saw the prime minister off at the airport. The flight landed at Hamad International Airport at 12:50am (local time).After making a two-hour stopover in Doha, the capital city of Qatar, Sheikh Hasina left for Dhaka at 2:00am (local time) by the special flight of Biman.She went to Helsinki on 3 June on a five-day visit, the final destination of her tri-nation visit.During her stay in Finland, Sheikh Hasina had a meeting with Finnish president Sauli Niinisto on 4 June and joined a community reception accorded to her by All European Awami League on 5 June.On 28 May, the prime minister left Dhaka for Tokyo, the first destination of her tri-nation visit.During her four-day stay in Japan, the two countries signed the 40th ODA deal involving $ 2.5 billion after a bilateral meeting between Sheikh Hasina and her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.Besides, Sheikh Hasina attended the Nikkei International Conference on ‘The Future of Asia’ as a keynote speaker, joined a community reception accorded to her and attended a breakfast roundtable meeting with Japanese business leaders.Family members of the Japanese Holey Artisan victims and JICA president Shinichi Kitaoka also separately met Sheikh Hasina there.On 31 May, the prime minister left Japan for Jeddah on a three-day official visit to Saudi Arabia to attend the 14th OIC Summit 2019 held in Makkah.During her stay in Saudi Arabia, she attended the 14th session of the OIC’s Islamic Summit, performed Umrah and offered Ziarat at the Rawza Mubarak of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (sm) in Medina.last_img read more

Mark colour of boxes being transported Mamata

first_imgItahar/Buniyadpur (WB): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday asked the people to keep vigil about transportation of boxes of various colours, in an oblique reference to allegations of a black trunk having been offloaded from the prime minister’s helicopter in Karnataka. Speaking at two rallies in Balurghat constituency, Banerjee attacked the RSS saying that it has imbibed the “shopping mall culture”. “I urge the public to keep their eyes and ears open as during elections boxes of various colours – red, blue and other colours – are coming,” Banerjee said without naming anyone. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata The Congress had on Sunday demanded a probe into the alleged transportation of a “suspicious black trunk” in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s helicopter during his visit to Chitradurga in Karnataka for poll campaign. Modi had addressed an election rally in Chitradurga on April 9. The party also played a video clip purportedly showing that the trunk, after being unloaded from the PM’s helicopter, was carried to a private car that, it alleged, was not a part of the SPG carcade and was taken away. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Taking on the RSS, the Trinamool Congress supremo said, “Those who used to wear khaki shorts have now imbibed the shopping mall culture.” The RSS have shed its 90-year-old dress code and knee-length khaki shorts were replaced by brown trousers. She reiterated her allegation that the Congress is taking assistance of the RSS to help its Jangipur and Baharampur candidates win. While Abhijit Mukherjee, the son of former President Pranab Mukherjee, is the Congress candidate at Jangipur, former West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee president Adhir Chowdhury is the the party’s candidate from Baharampur. Claiming that the BJP was indulging in politics of dividing people on religious lines, Banerjee said she was ready to risk her life but would not allow politics of division. “It (BJP) claims to be champion of Hinduism. Are we not Hindus?” she asked, saying that her parents had taught her to respect all religions and to treat them equally. The firebrand TMC supremo, who is a Brahmin, said she chants Chandi mantra every morning. “The BJP is imposing on us a religion which has no relation to Hinduism or our country. We believe in togetherness of different faiths and languages,” she said. Claiming that the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre has worked against the interest of the general public of the country, she alleged that prices of petroleum products were increased everyday when crude oil rates were low in the international market. “The LPG price has touched Rs 800 per cylinder. If a poor person has to buy gas at such a high price, he will be left with no money to buy food,” she said. Claiming that the NRC in Assam has left lakhs of Hindu and Muslim Bengalis stateless, she asserted that she will not allow it in West Bengal. BJP president Amit Shah has said in various rallies in West Bengal that the saffron party would implement the NRC in the state if voted to power again.last_img read more

8 Historical Facts That Will Distort Your Perception of Time

first_imgHistory is a place inhabited with some pretty weird and bizarre stories. When we study history, whether in school or for our own interest, we tend to focus on one topic at a time. But have you ever stopped to think about how all those events are intertwined on the timeline of world history? Here’s a selection of seemingly unconnected pieces of history repackaged to make you think about them from a different angle.Born in the same year: Queen Elizabeth II and Marilyn MonroePretty in pink. Marilyn Monroe (L) and Queen Elizabeth II (R).The current British head of state, Queen Elizabeth II, is 92-years-old. With more than six decades on the throne, Her Majesty is the longest serving monarch in the history of Britain. It’s a huge achievement.During her 66-year-long reign, the Queen has been served by 13 Prime Ministers, from Winston Churchill to Theresa May. Since her coronation on February 6, 1952, she has also seen the change of 13 U.S. presidents, beginning with President Truman.Princess Elizabeth on the cover of Time magazine, April 1929.One quirky fact about Queen Elizabeth II is that she was born on April 21, 1926, less than two months before American icon Marilyn Monroe, who was born on June 1st the same year.Marilyn Monroe as an infant, c. 1927.When these two famous women were aged 30, they met in London. The occasion was the movie premiere of The Battle of the River Plate in October 1956, the plot of which revolves around a naval battle between the British and Germans early in World War II.The rare photograph which testifies to the meeting of the two women shows Marilyn waiting her turn to shake hands with the Queen.Ferdinand Magellan and Yuri Gagarin were 439 years apartFerdinand MagellanMore than four centuries passed between the first circumnavigation of the planet by boat, and the first time a human orbited Earth in space.Ferdinand Magellan launched his historic three-year-long expedition in September 1519. Traveling east, he led his fleet east across the Atlantic and made the first recorded navigation of the passage from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean that is today called the Straits of Magellan.Of the five ships that set sail from Spain, only the Trinidad completed the trip. Magellan himself was killed after the crew became embroiled in local war in the Philippines. In fact, only a few members of the original crew were still alive at the time the voyage was completed in September 1522.Russian cosmonaut Jurij Gagarin flew to Göteborg with SAS Metropolitan CV-440 during his visit to Sweden, 1964. *** Local Caption *** Pybl: SAS Nytt no 10/1964If there is an achievement in space to measure to this effort, it took place 439 years later. On April 12, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin entered world history as the first human to orbit the planet. His craft Vostok 1, operated by an automatic control system, kept a maximum altitude of 187 miles. Gagarin completed the mission in just 108 minutes.The London Underground opened during the American Civil WarAmerican Civil WarThe London Underground, or the Tube, began its operation on January 10, 1863 when the American Civil War was still raging in full swing. In the beginning, there was only one underground railway line, linking Bishop’s Road (today Paddington) and Farringdon Street. The Metropolitan Railway continued expanding the network from here on.Sketch of a platform on the Baker Street and Waterloo Railway in its first week of opening.That same January, across the pond, Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation which vowed for the freedom to “all persons held as slaves.”Though the Proclamation had a limited effect, it was still of great significance.Abraham LincolnLater that year the Battle of Gettysburg was fought, which within only three days claimed the lives of some 23,000 on the Union side and 20,000 on the Confederate side. As History writes, this battle “is considered the most important engagement of the American Civil War.”Today, life and transport in London cannot be imagined without the London Underground network. As for the Civil War, it continues to occupy a central place in U.S. history.Lincoln died the same year Stetson produced the first western hatPainting depicting Lincoln’s assassination.In 1865, the American Civil War came to a conclusion. It was the year when the 13th Amendment abolished slavery in the U.S., but also when President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C.During these turbulent times, the Ku Klux Klan was also founded, and the New York Stock Exchange began operating the first permanent headquarters near Wall Street in New York.1920s Stetson carlsbad cowboy hat. Photo by -oo0(GoldTrader)0oo- CC BY 3.0All these events heavily influenced society, history, politics, and economy. But there was one other thing that came out in 1865 that is also part of American culture. Cowboy hats.That year, John B. Stetson founded a factory near Philadelphia and began production of his “Boss of the Plains” hat, a wide-brimmed felt hat designed to be waterproof, durable, and stylish. Stetson followed with the front-creased Carlsbad, which is still thought of today as “the” cowboy style.Star Wars came out the same year Elvis Presley diedPhoto by Getty ImagesIn the spring of 1977, George Lucas released a film which nobody, not even Lucas himself, believed would measure any success. The filming of Star Wars was painstaking. Some of the obstacles included rebuilding the set after it was wrecked by a storm while filming Tatooine scenes in Tunisia, delays in creating the special effects footage, and a string of electronic malfunctions.However, the success was instant. Star Wars went on to make millions in the box office and announced the birth of the most popular sci-fi movie franchise in the world.Elvis Presley in a publicity photo for the film The Trouble with Girls, released September 1969.While Star Wars was a huge gain for the entertainment industry that year, a big loss came in the summer when Elvis Presley, the “King of Rock and Roll” died.The last years of Presley’s life were not so remarkable. The legendary singer, one of the highest-selling solo performers of all times, struggled with drug addiction, various health issues, and divorce.Titanic sank the same year we got grocery shopping bagsView of the bow of the RMS Titanic photographed in June 2004.The RMS Titanic, billed as the greatest ship of its day, became famous after it sank on its maiden voyage in April 1912. It was a tragedy that has since never left the public imagination and “fascination” with the disaster.Also in 1912: Walter H. Deubner, owner of a small grocery shop in Minnesota, invented something we still use today. Paper grocery bags.Brown paper grocery bags have been used since the same year Titanic sank.Deubner observed how people who stopped by his shop often struggled to carry too many items. His invention allowed them to pack in up to 75 pounds of goods and carry them with ease.On the day the shopping bag debuted at Deubner’s premises, it sold out by noon. 50 pieces were sold for five cents each. Within three years after patenting the paper bag, Deubner was making millions.It took Deubner took four years to come up with his final design — more time than shipwrights took to build the Titanic. The construction of the ocean liner began on March 31, 1909.Yellowstone was declared a national park before the telephone was patentedYellowstone National Park.Yellowstone National Park was established as the first National Park in the United States, and also in the world, in 1872.This was four years before the U.S. Patent Office issued a patent to Alexander Graham Bell for the world’s First Practical Telephone in 1876.Actor portraying Alexander Graham Bell in a 1926 silent film. Shows Bell’s first telephone transmitter (microphone), invented 1876 and first displayed at the Centennial Exposition, Philadelphia.Bell was originally commissioned by investors to work on another popular machine of the day — the harmonic telegraph. This machine allowed for the wired transmission of more than one message at the same time. However, Bell, who was more confident in a machine that could transmit the voice, persuaded the investors to allow him to dedicate time on that too. Fortunately, he was granted permission.In 1913, Hitler, Trotsky, Stalin, Tito, and Freud all lived in the same cityColor photo lithograph of Vienna, 1900.Adolf Hitler, Leon Trotsky, Joseph Stalin, Josip Broz Tito, and Sigmund Freud — five famous names of the 20th century. Looking back at their place in history, we can easily associate each of them with a distinct world event or period.Hitler is the most well known dictator in modern history. His plans for creating the Lebensraum for his “master race” triggered the most horrendous war in the history of the world. He committed suicide once he realized he was losing World War Two.Leon Trotsky and Lev Kamenev at Brest-Litovsk negotiations.Leon Trotsky was a major political opponent of Joseph Stalin in the early years of Soviet communist rule. As Stalin consolidated his power in the USSR, Trotsky fled to Mexico. But even there he was unsafe and was assassinated in 1940, on the orders of Stalin.Josip Broz Tito, or Marshal Tito, was the golden leader of Yugoslavia, the socialist federation which consisted of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia. The country existed as such from World War II until 1991, 11 years after Tito’s death.And Freud developed groundbreaking theories that mused on human sexuality and psychology.Josip Broz TitoThe lives of these five giants all intersect in Vienna, which at that time was the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, in 1913.Freud’s theories were well established; Hitler was still smarting after his second rejection to join the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts; Trotsky and Stalin were both on the run; and Tito was in the city for the money, working at the Daimler automobile factory.Read another story from us: 25 Years Later – 5 Surprising Facts About Schindler’s ListDid any of them have any idea what their name would mean by the end of the century? It’s weird enough to think that even for a moment they all walked the streets of the same city.last_img read more

The Augmented Reality Workforce is Coming Heres What You Need to Know

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Jobs for the average worker are becoming obsolete at rate much faster than anticipated. While advances in automation are revolutionizing the way many businesses operate, the humans whose jobs once catered to these tasks are being displaced. Many businesses ushering in this automation have been provided hazy answers as to what will happen to the people who will lose their jobs. The common refrain is that new jobs will take the place of old ones or that people will go back to school to be trained in new areas. None of these solutions, however, have been fully realized or proven at scale. Related: Why Mark Zuckerberg Is Excited About an Augmented Reality FutureGiven this uncertain future, business owners and entrepreneurs may want to explore new approaches of solving this problem to help ease the burden on displaced workers. One such approach may be the use of augmented reality (AR) as an alternative to traditional schooling and careers.In a world where technology and knowledge are advancing so quickly that even educators are having trouble keeping pace, AR has the potential to provide a workplace dynamic that is unlike anything we’ve ever seen, and the results could be a net gain for everybody.AR will help transition displaced workers.In our lifetimes, we’ve seen the nature of work change dramatically. Our parents viewed work as a single employer with a pension and a retirement plan. As job security became less of a guarantee, our peers entered the workforce knowing they’d likely have several different careers by the time they were done. Then came the gig economy with flexible schedules and pay scales. Now, automation is displacing workforces with an imminent threat the likes of the industrial revolution. When it comes to the future of the workplace, AR-powered opportunities may very well represent that next adaptation. Thanks to recent developments in AR, jobs that once required years of training and practice can now be completed without prior knowledge or experience, and workers can do these jobs equipped with as little as their smartphone. Related: How Augmented Reality Will Shape the Future of EcommerceOne worker can have many jobs.Augmented reality can provide workers with digital manuals, complete with 3D renderings that can be superimposed onto the objects they are working on, to follow step-by-step instructions, which can be applied to just about anything: assembling furniture, repairing cars, plumbing, electrical work, pipeline maintenance — even the most complex of tasks. This just-in-time knowledge will allow workers in the new economy to jump between different fields, working with clients and customers in a wide variety of industries. What’s more, someone can learn practical skills on the job while being paid to perform them. This means the investments made in time or money to learn new skills can be reduced to near zero — giving those workers career track potential as they move up to remote support or other roles. In a similar manner, AR can even be used as a powerful tool for training workforces more efficiently — providing opportunities for certifications and diversifying a job portfolio like never before. Related: Want to Stay Ahead of the Competition? Get Virtual.Local services will go global.We’ve seen the world of remote work grow exponentially in the last decade, but the types of work that could be completed remotely have always been fairly limited. AR augmentation will change that, allowing previously local services to compete on a global scale. A plumber in Florida, for example, could be guiding a client directly in Colorado or working with a partnered field agent in Saskatoon.Conversely, this means that existing markets that have always been dominated by local entrepreneurs will see tremendous competition from an AR-focused workforce and an empowered DIY community. But, existing local experts shouldn’t be too fearful: AR will provide opportunities for the veteran worker, too. Experience means the chance to educate remotely, whether guiding on-site technicians through complex situations or offering similar services to walk customers through the DIY basics.Related: Will a Robot Take My Job?Knowledge is no longer a limiting factor.While this may sound like technology that is in the distant future, technologies like these are already being implemented internally by Fortune 500 companies. Caterpillar, for example, is providing AR maintenance solutions that allow skilled work to be completed by a wide range of parties, even customers themselves. This decreases downtime for users who once had to wait for a technician to arrive on site to perform the same list of steps to get them back up and running.Training and education, and in AR’s case location, will cease to be a roadblock that prevents workers from finding employment. Likewise, educational and practical experience become far less relevant from the perspective of an employer. Rather than gambling on prospective hires, job interviews could cut to the heart of the matter in moments: Can the applicant follow the directions correctly and efficiently on the first try? This virtual task economy may provide its own resume by having a digital record and performance reviews of the tasks a worker has performed that can travel with them from job to job.It’s unlikely that augmented reality will become the majority solution for the employment disruption that automation will cause. But, for those who are in need of income in an era where technological advances outstrip traditional training capabilities, or those looking to increase the size and capability of their workforce with minimal investment, one thing’s for sure: the potential for an AR-powered workforce is an opportunity that’s worth exploring. Both for workers and for business owners. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. May 11, 2017 5 min read Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

Hong Kong election bill faces likely defeat by lawmakers

first_img Sponsored Stories But under guidelines laid down by China’s central government, voters would only be able to choose from a set of candidates screened by the panel.Pro-democracy leaders have blasted the plan as “fake democracy,” saying the central government is breaking its promise to eventually grant genuine universal suffrage to the city, a special administrative region of China.Hong Kong’s government needs the support of at least two-thirds of the 70 lawmakers, or 47 seats, to win approval when it goes to a vote, which is expected by the end of the week. But lawmakers from pro-democracy parties, who hold 27 seats, have vowed to use their power to veto it. They entered the legislature chamber with mock ballot boxes each marked with an X, signaling their intention to vote against the plan.Outside the legislature, pro-establishment demonstrators played Chinese communist anthems while pro-democracy activists chanted “definitely no to fake democracy.”“I know that this government proposal is a lie,” said pro-democracy protester Brandy Yau. “There’s no chance that we’ll be able to vote for who we really want for our chief executive, so that’s why we have to be against this voting proposal.” Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Comments   Share   5 ways to recognize low testosterone The looming defeat would mark the close of the most tumultuous year in Hong Kong since Beijing took control in 1997 after a century and half of colonial rule. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets last year to protest the central government’s election screening requirement in demonstrations that made world headlines.For 11 weeks, activists camped out on major thoroughfares in three neighborhoods to demand greater electoral freedom but eventually left the streets after exhaustion set in and Hong Kong’s unpopular leader, Leung Chun-ying, refused to offer any concessions.Authorities are bracing for the possibility of violent protests as the vote nears, though that prospect may be overstated given the likelihood of a defeat for the government. Legislature officials have raised the alert level and authorized police to deploy inside the building.A police risk assessment indicated “a likelihood of the Legislative Council complex being stormed by radical groups in the next couple of days,” legislature president Jasper Tsang said Tuesday.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Check your body, save your life Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong election reform proposals that sparked massive street protests last year in the southern Chinese financial center are set to be presented Wednesday to lawmakers, who will likely vote them down.The proposals tabled for a legislature debate would allow the former British colony’s top leader to be chosen by voters through direct elections rather than by a 1,200-member panel of Beijing-friendly elites. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

ETB Brand Ambassador Chernee chats with Style Artist

first_imgETB Brand Ambassador Chern’ee chats with Style ArtistETB Brand Ambassador Chern’ee chats with Style ArtistETB Travel News Ambassador and Contemporary Indigenous artist Chern’ee Sutton recently had a chat with Style Artist about her career so far, her style and her participation in the Toowoomba Grammar School Art Show in march 2019.The pictured painting will be exhibited at the art show and it is named Kali’s Ritjinguthinha which means Butterfly Dreaming in the Kalkadoon language.Long, long ago there lived a caterpillar that was very plain and ordinary looking who had no purpose in life. All the other animals laughed at how ugly and insignificant Kali was as she went through life eating and sleeping and serving no purpose at all but to fill her belly.One night when Kali was trying to go to sleep she wished to have a purpose and meaning in life, she was tired of everyone laughing at her and wanted to be different. When she finally fell asleep the spirit of Mother Nature spoke to her in her dreams. Kali I have heard your cries for help but before I grant you your wish you must promise to do something for me that might put you in danger and cost you your life. Kali still asleep wanting so badly to serve some purpose in life agreed to Mother Nature that she would do anything that was asked of her. Kali said mother nature’s spirit, I want you to be the sign of life for all living creatures so I will grant you the power of change and when you awake in the morning you must start to build a new home for yourself then go to sleep and not awaken until I call you and then you will never be laughed at again.When Kali awoke in the morning she remembered the dream and began to make a new home out of silk and once finished she crawled inside and went to sleep again. Many months passed and in her dreams Kali was tired of waiting but remembered her promise to Mother Nature and so continued to wait. The months turned into years and finally Mother Nature’s spirit again spoke to Kali “awake Kali for now you are the sign of life”.Kali awoke and began to break free from her cocoon and once she had, she was shocked to see that her change was complete and she was now a beautiful butterfly. When all the other animals saw thisnew creature they asked “you are so beautiful with your bright colours but what purpose do you serve”. Kali told them that she was the sign of life for all living things and while they could see her they themselves would live.To this day Kali is the sign of life for all living creatures and if you can’t see her Mother Nature is Chern’ee Suttonclick hereRead more on Chern’ee next weekSource = Chern’ee Sutton ETB Brand Ambassadorlast_img read more