Personalized Plates For Motorcycles Now Available

first_imgMotorcycles sporting personalized plates will soon be travelling on Nova Scotia roads. “Over the past several years, we’ve had many requests to expand the personalized plate program to include motorcycles,” Barry Barnet, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, said today, June 15. “Today, motorcyclists now have the option to purchase personalized plates.” In 1989, the Registry of Motor Vehicles allowed customers to purchase a personalized plate for buses, campers, passenger or light commercial vehicles. The new personalized motorcycle plates will be similar to regular motorcycle plates and will have the words Nova Scotia at the top. The size of all motorcycle plates, including the personalized versions, has also been reduced from eight by five inches (20 by 12.5 centimetres) to seven by four inches (17.78 by 10.16 centimetres) to better fit some manufactured licence plate brackets and to align with those issued in other jurisdictions. “We are very pleased that motorcycles can now have personalized plates,” said Bob Hiltz, general manager of Privateers Harley Davidson. “There is a demand for personalized plates and for smaller plate brackets. Our customers will be pleased to see these changes.” Personalized motorcyclist plate applications are available from Access Nova Scotia centres and Registry of Motor Vehicle offices. Applicants must include their desired two- to six-character slogans. The registration fee for a personalized motorcycle plate is $86.25 per year. The plates are made to order and customers can expect to receive their plate four to six weeks after placing their order.last_img read more

Azam Khans name put on UP govts online list of land mafias

first_imgRampur (UP): Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan’s name has been put on an online list of land mafias by the district administration here following FIRs registered against him, drawing strong protest from his party which raised the issue in UP Legislative Council alleging that he is being framed in “fake” cases.The state BJP government dismissed the SP’s allegations, asserting it is treating everyone the same and the action is not driven by any political vendetta. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”The name of the Rampur MP has been put on the list of anti land mafia portal of the state government on Thursday after FIRs were lodged against him on land-grabbing charges,” Additional District Magistrate (Administration) JP Gupta told PTI. “The listing was done by SDM Sadar,” he said. The former Uttar Pradesh minister was named in the FIRs lodged in connection with alleged forcible acquisition of land for Mohammad Ali Jauhar University, of which he is the founder and Chancellor. Also Read – 14-yr-old girl raped, strangled to death in UP’s ShamliDistrict Magistrate A K Singh said that the “farmers had claimed that Azam Khan had acquired their land for Jauhar University through coercion”. “The name of those who have acquired someone’s land with alleged criminal acts and continue to have possession over it are included in the list on the portal,” the DM pointed out. The Samajwadi Party, however, alleged that the move was a conspiracy by the Rampur District Magistrate to defame Khan and the university. SP president Akhilesh Yadav has constituted a 21-member committee, led by leader of opposition in the Legislative Council Ahmad Hasan, to “probe” “fake cases” lodged against Khan in Rampur. Proceedings in the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council were disrupted on Friday as Samajwadi Party members protested the registration of cases against Khan, terming them as “fake”. As soon as the House assembled at 11.00 am, Leader of the Opposition Ahmad Hasan raised the issue. He said, “Nearly a dozen cases have been registered against senior SP leader Azam Khan. The most painful thing is that he has taken land for building a university and not for any personal gains. In which direction is the government going? Azam Khan is a land mafia?”last_img read more

APTN host McKenzie a trailblazer

first_imgAPTN National NewsYou normally see APTN’s Cheryl McKenzie in front of a camera talking about the big issues of the day.On Thursday she took part in Ryerson University’s Indigenous women’s trailblazers lecture series.This year’s lecture series will feature a line-up of Indigenous women leaders in their field, from politicians to CEOs.McKenzie is the host and producer of APTN’s InFocus.McKenzie spoke to a group of about 100 people on the topic of broadcasting and the importance of getting Aboriginal stories out there.last_img

Toronto waterfront board moving forward with plan for new hightech neighbourhood

first_imgTORONTO – An additional US$40 million has been secured for a plan to build a new high-tech neighbourhood at Toronto’s waterfront.Waterfront Toronto said on Tuesday that its board voted to move forward in creating the plan with Sidewalk Labs, which is owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet.Sidewalk Labs said the funding comes as the two sides signed a legal agreement on the plan. The company was chosen by Waterfront Toronto last October to present its ideas for a brand new area of the city.The high-tech district will be in the Quayside development, along Toronto’s eastern waterfront.According to a press release, Sidewalk Labs initially committed US$50 million to the planning phase. Sidewalk Labs spokesman Dan Levitan said another US$40 million had been committed on Tuesday.Levitan said the next steps for the planning includes holding a series of public consultations and noted that a draft plan will be released in early 2019 for another round of approvals.A proposal for the project says the high-tech community would centre on sustainability and affordability.Waterfront Toronto said the only commitment for the project at this time is creating a plan for Quayside.last_img read more

Chernobyl UN switches assistance efforts to focus on economic selfreliance

Cihan Sultanoglu, UNDP’s Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, told reporters today that “we are already seeing grounds for optimism” about the ability of people living in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus to take control of their economic destiny.“UNDP is trying to change the legacy of Chernobyl from one of despair and hopelessness to one of hope and prosperity and health,” she said.Ms. Sultanoglu said that for too long, relief efforts in the three countries worst affected by the April 1986 disaster had led to a culture of dependency that also fostered apathy and fatalism.Some five million people live in areas deemed by contaminated by radioactive waste from the reactor, and unemployment remains high, investors still largely shun the affected region and many young people move elsewhere in search of jobs and opportunities.Yet since 2004 UNDP has taken the lead in promoting efforts to encourage the communities to devise and then implement their own ideas for projects to help in recovery.Ms. Sultanoglu said the agency’s focus on socio-economic development meant a shift in emphasis from emergency and disaster relief to rehabilitation and sustainable development in which local communities set their own priorities and UNDP helps fund and support them.“We see our role at the United Nations as assisting national governments to create new jobs, to promote investments, support small and medium businesses and to rebuild a sense of self-reliance among the communities affected by the accident.”Already UNDP is involved in projects that have provided microcredit to small businesses in Russia, helped over 170 Ukrainian villages with job-creation schemes and formed part of a consortium in Belarus to promote sustainable development.Tomorrow the General Assembly is expected to consider a resolution that would proclaim the period until 2016 as a “decade of recovery and sustainable development” for territories in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine affected by the accident, and to help those communities make “a return to normal life.”The Chernobyl accident, in which explosions destroyed the core of one of the site’s reactors, forced more than 330,000 people to leave their homes, infected over 5,000 children with cancer and left millions of people across the former Soviet Union and the rest of Europe deeply worried about their health and livelihoods. 19 November 2007More than two decades after the world’s worst nuclear accident occurred in Chernobyl, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) says it is working to end the “culture of dependency” that had emerged among people living near the site and to promote greater economic self-reliance and prosperity. read more

Shooting incident prompts UN emergency relief flights to abort mission in Angola

Spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva said the planes were carrying 17 tonnes of maize to Kuito when one pilot saw an explosion in the air, which he identified as a missile. The incident occurred 20 nautical miles from Kuito, which WFP says has only six days worth of food left to feed an increasing number of internally displaced persons.The spokesman said only one of the aircraft, which were forced to return to Catumbela, bore WFP markings. However, this flight has been occurring on a daily basis. This is the second such incident reported by WFP in recent weeks.

New iPhone nears as gadget makers begin to unveil their holiday lineups

NEW YORK, N.Y. – After weeks of speculation, anticipation and a dose of hype, Apple is widely expected to announce a new smartphone at an event in San Francisco on Wednesday.Apple isn’t saying anything about the topic of the event, but the email invitation it sent to reporters contains a shadow in the shape of a “5” — a nod to the iPhone 5. It is being held in San Francisco at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, where Apple has held many product launches.The new model is expected to work with fourth-generation, or 4G, cellular networks. That capability is something Samsung’s Galaxy S III and many other iPhone rivals already have. A bigger iPhone screen is also possible. The new model will likely go on sale in a week or two.Apple Inc. also plans to update its phone software this fall and will ditch Google Inc.’s mapping service for its own, as a rivalry between the two companies intensifies.In a related development, Google said Tuesday that it is releasing a new YouTube app for the iPhone and the iPad. The changes come amid the expiration of a five-year licensing agreement that had established YouTube as one of the built-in applications in Apple’s mobile devices.Still unknown is whether Apple will announce a smaller version of its iPad on Wednesday.Apple dominates the market for tablet computers, shipping seven out of every 10 tablets worldwide in the second quarter, according to research firm IHS iSuppli. Rivals have been trying to compete by producing smaller, cheaper models —such as Amazon’s Kindle Fire. A mini iPad would challenge those relative newcomers.Sales of Apple’s iPhones are still strong, though the company lost the lead in smartphones to Samsung this year. Samsung Electronics Co. benefited from having its Galaxy S III out in the U.S. in June, while Apple was still selling an iPhone model it released last October. A new iPhone will allow Apple to recapture the attention and the revenue.Amid expectations of a new iPhone, Amazon, Nokia and Motorola all tried to generate interest in their products last week, hoping that a head start on the buzz will translate into stronger sales. Makers of consumer electronics are refreshing their products for the holiday shopping season.Amazon announced four new Kindle Fire models and a new line of stand-alone e-readers, while Nokia and Motorola unveiled five new smartphones between them.Nokia and Microsoft, in particular, are trying to generate interest in a new Windows operating system out next month. The two phones announced by Nokia are among the first to run Windows Phone 8.Here’s a look at what to expect in the coming months:— REKINDLING THE Inc.’s 7-inch (17.8-centimetre) Kindle Fire is one of the smaller tablets with decent sales. On Friday, it will sell an updated version with a faster processor, more memory and longer battery life. It will also cut the price to $159, from $199, making it far cheaper than the iPad, which starts at $399 for the 2011 version still on sale. (The most recent ones start at $499.)Amazon is also releasing higher-end models under the Kindle Fire HD line. A 7-inch (17.8-centimetre) one will go for $199, while an 8.9-inch (22.6-centimetre) one will go for $299. There’s also a $499 model that can use the 4G cellular networks that phone companies have been building. A data plan will cost an extra $50 a year. The smaller HD model will start shipping Friday, while the larger ones will be available Nov. 20.Amazon also refreshed its line of stand-alone e-readers, offering the Paperwhite, with its own light source. Tablets such as the iPad and the Fire don’t work as well in bright light because they are lit from the back. Amazon says the light on the Paperwhite is directed down at the display.Barnes and Noble Inc., which makes the 7-inch (17.8-centimetre) Nook Tablet, may have an update this fall as well.Toys R Us, meanwhile, said Monday that it is making a 7-inch (17.8-centimetre) tablet aimed at children. The Tabeo will go on sale Oct. 21 for $149.99.— MOTOROLA’S RETURNThough it’s a pioneer in the cellphone industry, Motorola hasn’t had a hit since the Razr phone came out in 2004. Under new owner Google Inc., Motorola Mobility is trying to change that.Last week, Motorola announced three new smartphones bearing the Razr name. The $99 Droid Razr M will be in Verizon Wireless stores this Thursday, the day after Apple’s announcement.Motorola will have two high-end models, the Razr HD and Razr Maxx HD, later this year. It’s emphasizing long battery life — up to 21 hours of talk time for the Maxx HD, or 10 hours of video streaming.These are the first major products from Motorola since Google bought the company for $12.4 billion in May. Google, meanwhile, continues to sell a 7-inch (17.8-centimetre) Android tablet, the Nexus 7, made in partnership with AsusTek Computer Inc.— CALLING ON WINDOWSMicrosoft Corp. will release a new version of the Windows operating system on Oct. 26, one that’s designed to work on both traditional computers and tablet devices. A new version of the Windows Phone system is coming out, too.Once-dominant phone maker Nokia Corp. has been struggling in the shadow of Apple and Android, and it’s counting on the new Windows system for a revival. Last week, Nokia and Microsoft unveiled two new devices under Nokia’s Lumia brand — the 820 and the 920.Nokia CEO Stephen Elop says the new phones will go on sale in the fourth quarter in “select markets.” He didn’t say what they would cost or which U.S. carriers would have them. Investors were disappointed, and Nokia’s stock fell 16 per cent on the day of the announcement.Samsung, which surpassed Nokia as the world’s largest maker of mobile phones in 2011 and overtook Apple in smartphones this year, showed off a Windows 8 phone late last month. It didn’t announce an availability date either.— SURFACEMicrosoft plans its own tablet computer, too. It’s new territory for Microsoft, which typically leaves it to others to make devices using its software. Now, it will be competing against its partners.The Surface tablet will come in two versions, both with 10.6-inch (26.9-centimetre) screens, slightly larger than the iPad’s. One model will run on phone-style chips, just like the iPad, and will be sold for a similar price. A heavier, more expensive version will run on Intel chips and be capable of running standard Windows applications. The Surface will go on sale on Oct. 26.— NEW BLACKBERRYSA year ago Research In Motion Ltd. disclosed that it was working on a next-generation phone system for the BlackBerry, which now looks ancient next to the iPhone and Android devices. It was supposed to be out in time for this year’s holiday season. That won’t happen.In June RIM pushed the release of BlackBerry 10 devices into early next year, saying it wasn’t ready. That means RIM will not only compete with the new iPhone and Android devices out this fall, but it will also have to contend with the new Windows devices. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Sep 12, 2012 1:25 am MDT New iPhone nears as gadget makers begin to unveil their holiday lineups read more

Families of Nazanin ZaghariRatcliffe and Matthew Hedges call on Boris Johnson to

A spokesman said: “Foreign Office staff and Ministers work hard to secure the best possible outcome in these cases. “We provide our assistance consistently to all those we support. “We regularly review the consular support we offer to British nationals overseas to learn from feedback and to continue to improve.” The Foreign Office should have a legal duty to protect British nationals abroad, families of imprisoned citizens including Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Matthew Hedges have told the new Prime Minister.In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, the newly founded British Rights Abroad Group has called for beefed up consular protection laws to help thousands of British citizens languishing in prisons overseas.The group was set up by five families whose loved ones were arbitrarily detained by foreign regimes, including Richard Ratcliffe, whose wife, Nazanin, has been held in Iran for three years on dubious espionage charges. Their ambition to enshrine consular assistance in law would mean the Foreign Office is compelled to intervene when a British national is imprisoned overseas.Such involvement would range from visiting the detained person to arranging legal representation if necessary, or confronting the authorities about any mistreatment. Currently, British officials only offer consular assistance on a discretionary basis and in an “inconsistent” manner, the group claims.“It should not be the choice of the Foreign Secretary to act to protect a British Citizen abroad but rather the obligation,” they said. The letter, a version of which has been sent to Downing Street, makes a direct challenge to Boris Johnson to “correct past mistakes” as he begins his first full week in office. The group has asked the new Prime Minister to meet with them to discuss “what he can do to guarantee the right to consular protection in UK law”.Their letter, which claims 2,000 British citizens are currently being arbitrarily held overseas, continues: “The British Government and institutions are inconsistent in their action towards defending British citizens’ rights abroad. “Many of them remain vulnerable to the unlawful and inhumane treatment suffered in other states, both friends and foes. This cannot continue.”Along with Mr Ratcliffe, it is signed by relatives of Matthew Hedges, the academic who last year spent seven months detained in the UAE; Andragachew Tsege, a dual-nationality British-Ethiopian who spent years in an African jail; Billy Irving, one of the so-called Chennai Six jailed in India; and Jagtar Singh Johal, a Scottish sikh who is still being held by Indian authorities.Mr Ratcliffe told the Telegraph it took a “long time” for the Government to firstly acknowledge his wife’s plight and then to confront Iran about it. He said: “You and I have got more rights if we fall over on the pavement than we have if we are held a prisoner abroad and that just feels wrong. Mr Johnson infamously suggested during his time as Foreign Secretary that Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been training journalists in Iran, a claim her family furiously deny.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Show more “You need your Government’s protection when you’re most vulnerable – which means when you’re subject to torture or subject to completely unfair imprisonment.” He added: “There is definitely a protection gap. We in our family hope that other people don’t have to go through what we are going through.”His views were echoed by Daniela Tejada, Mr Hedges’s wife, who believes he could have been released earlier if consular protection was provided at the start of his case. She said: “I think it would have, at the very least, ensured he wasn’t mistreated and tortured for so many months. “Our struggle doesn’t end the moment our loved one is released, it is merely the beginning of it because they are scarred by the trauma of their experience.“That is what we are trying to avoid at a fundamental level.”Mr Hedges has revealed he is suffering from PTSD after being falsely accused of spying for MI6 and spending months in solitary confinement in a windowless cell.A petition has also been started by the group to promote their campaign.The Foreign Office dealt with around 22,500 new consular cases in 2018-19 and supported a further 8,000 from previous years. read more

Venetia underground project funding committed

first_imgThe De Beers Group of Companies recently confirmed that it will invest approximately R20 billion ($2 billion) to build its new underground mine beneath the currently operating open pit Venetia mine in Limpopo Province. When completed, the new underground mine will extend the life of Venetia until 2042 and replace the open pit as South Africa’s largest diamond mine. The announcement follows the receipt of the final outstanding regulatory clearances earlier this month.The development and build phase of the underground mine is expected to create 1,000 jobs over the next nine years while open pit mining operations continue. Underground operations will begin production in 2021, yielding approximately 96 million carats during the life of the mine, and securing more than 3,000 jobs. The project will employ semi-skilled and skilled workers, drawn primarily from the region and trained for the project; mostly acquiring technical skills that will enhance the country’s technical skill resource base. The bulk of all equipment and services will be sourced in South Africa. Philippe Mellier, CEO of the De Beers Group commented, “Our investment in Venetia enables us to provide greater certainty around long-term supply for our sightholders, particularly those with manufacturing operations in South Africa. Our sightholders have significant investments in the local cutting industry and this new underground mine will provide a large and predictable supply of rough diamonds for decades to come.”Mellier continued, “It is fitting that De Beers is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. From our founding in Kimberley in 1888 to today’s announcement at Venetia, South Africa has always been the ancestral heart of De Beers. It is gratifying that today’s announcement means that De Beers will remain South Africa’s leading diamond company until at least our 150th anniversary.” Barend Petersen, Chairman of De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) commented, “We see this significant capital investment as another concrete example of our commitment to the South African mining industry, an industry on which the South African economy was built following the discovery of diamonds in 1866. Almost 150 years later, the country is a diverse economy, while mining remains an integral part of the aspiration to build a more prosperous and equitable South Africa.”Phillip Barton, CEO of DBCM stated, “The De Beers Venetia Underground project team have been assessing the safest and most economic options to extend the mining operations at Venetia Mine, and unlock the extensive ore reserves beneath the open pit. Venetia will play a major role in the future of De Beers and we have therefore been preparing for years to meet tight deadlines and high standards so that Venetia Underground is ready to begin producing South African diamonds by 2021.” The Venetia Mine underground project was approved in 2012 by the De Beers and Anglo American Boards. Environmental authorisation was granted in July 2012, and the Environmental Management Plan was approved by the Department of Mineral Resources in October 2012.last_img read more

Bulgaria defended IHFEHF Womens Challenge Trophy 2014

Bulgaria handball ← Previous Story GOAL FOR MADNESS IN SKOPJE: Alex Dujshebaev BOMB! Next Story → KIELCE IS OUT: “Lions” beat Polish champions for TOP 8! Bulgaria successfully defended their “IHF/EHF WOMEN’S CHALLENGE TROPHY” title they won two years ago in Gabrovo, after beating Israel 34:23 at the 2014 edition of the tournament in Greek city of Larissa. The final was clearly a one-sided match, with Bulgaria dominating the game from the very first moment. Tournament’s MVP Elizabeth Omoregie (born in Bulgaria, by Nigerian father and Bulgarian mother) was the leading force in Bulgaria’s attack with ten goals over an Israeli squad that was obviously tired, following Saturday’s thriller against Greece.For the record, Bulgaria started the match with a 5:0 run in the first eight minutes and by the 20th minute they increased the difference to eight goals (10:2). Israel never really recovered and had to settle with second place in the final ranking.QUOTESShlomo Hoffman (Israel Coach): “Congratulations to Bulgaria, they were the best team of the tournament and they deserved to win the trophy. I wish them all the best in future tournaments. “I am at the helm of the coaching staff for the last six months. What we are missing as a team is more players who can stand on a higher level. At the moment I have only 7-8 first- choice players to my disposal and in a tournament with five matches in as many days, at some point fatigue will affect us. We need more tournaments, more friendly matches. Of course we feel happy with second place. “I would like to thank the organisers for their hospotality. It was a fantastic tournament”.Rebecka Ezrahi (MVP Israel): “It was a very difficult game for us. We did the best we could do. We are not used in playing five games in five days. We started training as a team only six months ago and some players even joined us a couple of months ago.”NO MONEY FOR HANDBALL IN BULGARIARositsa Bakazhieva (Bulgaria Coach): “Our playing style was much diferrent than that of our opponents. We expected to win the trophy. All my girls are of a high caliber and the reserved players have nothing to be jealous of the starters. As a result we maintain an up- tempo for most of the game. “Unfortunately we do not receive any funding at all by the government and tournaments like these allow us to play internationally.“Handball has been played in Bulgaria for the last 50 years, but the last three years there are no money available for our preparation, that’s why we didn’t play any international matches in the last twelve months. “The men’s team faced the same problems like us, but they won the Intercontinental trophy and received funding from the sporting authorities.”Elizabeth Omoregie (Tournament MVP – Bulgaria): “I am very happy with what we achieved as a team today as well as for the individual prizes I won. We showed the handball world that Bulgaria can play good handball. Despite the poor preparation, caused by financial problems, Builgaria performed pretty well.” read more

Hazards move to Madrid not inevitable Murphy

first_imgFormer Liverpool player Danny Murphy insists that Eden Hazard’s potential move from Chelsea to Real Madrid.The former England midfielder believes that Hazard is enjoying life in London and doesn’t see him leaving the club anytime soon.The Belgium captain has gone on to become one of the finest attacking players on the planet during his time at Stamford Bridge.He has been linked with a move to Real Madrid all summer to replace the already departed Cristiano Ronaldo, who moved to Italy to sign for Juventus earlier this summer.Murphy isn’t convinced the 27-year-old swapping west London for Madrid, with a transfer possible until August 31, is a sure-fire thing though.“I don’t think it’s inevitable that Hazard will end up at Real Madrid,” Murphy told bwin.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“I think he’s very comfortable in London and he has handled the situation very professionally this summer.”“Hazard always speaks highly of Chelsea and I think he has the potential to get even better, to score more goals and to provide more assists.”“He is Chelsea’s world-class player in an attacking sense and the club will need him firing if they’re to get back into the top four this season.”Reports in the Spanish press say Real Madrid will make one last move for Hazard before the transfer window closes on August 31.Los Blancos have already seen their initial approach for the player rejected this summer by Chelsea.last_img read more

POUND For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Sweat. Support. Rock. Casting for Recovery on the Kenai Peninsula, and Studio 49 will be making noise for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. POUND is the world’s first cardio jam session inspired by the infectious, energizing and sweat-dripping fun of playing the drums. Dutcher: “Even if you don’t a lot of rhythm, which I don’t, it makes you feel like you do.”  Wendi Dutcher, with Casting for Recovery has partnered with Studio 49 to host the second annual Pound for Pink event: “In honor of breast cancer awareness month we are hosting a fun exercise class. Even if you aren’t super athletic it’s still a lot of fun.” Pound for Pink will be on Sunday, October 28, at 2pm, at Kenai Middle School. All proceeds for the event go to benefit the Casting for Recovery breast cancer retreat.last_img read more

State Purchases Development Rights for Parcel near NS Mayport

first_imgThe state of Florida will purchase the development rights for a 5.85-acre parcel west of Naval Station Mayport to protect the installation from incompatible development.The state will pay $630,000 for the parcel along the St. Johns River and acquire the development rights from the Jacksonville Port Authority. The deal does not prohibit residential or commercial development, reported News4Jax.“There are height restrictions, there are lighting restrictions,” said Rocky McPherson, vice president of military and defense programs at Enterprise Florida. “They can build things that are compatible with the Navy’s use of that base.”The purchase comes as the state works to ensure its military installations are well positioned in a future BRAC round.“We don’t know what is going to happen in ’17. That’s really speculative,” McPherson said. “But we don’t want to have a development that’s impinging upon the ability of the base to do its mission. And then when people start looking at bases and say, ‘that’s a problem,’ we want to avoid that.”The funds for the transaction come from a nearly $7.5 million fund the state Legislature added to the budget in 2014 for non-conservation purchases outside military bases. The state currently is negotiating the purchase of land or development rights for parcels adjacent to MacDill Air Force Base and Naval Support Activity Panama City, according to the story.The state has identified an additional 64 sites neighboring bases that could eventually be targeted in similar deals. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Wilmington Pop Warner Holding Drawing For New England Patriots AllPro VIP Tailgate Package

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Pop Warner is holding a drawing for a New England Patriots All-Pro VIP Tailgate Package, which includes a pair of tickets to EACH 2018 regular season home game along with parking and the pre and post-game celebrity tailgate. For package details, visit cost $100 each. Only 250 will be sold. Winner will be drawn on Sunday, August 26. (Need not be present to win.) Contact Wilmington Pop Warner at to purchase your ticket(s).Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWin 2 VIP Tickets To EVERY Patriots Home Game This Season By Supporting Wilmington Pop WarnerIn “Community”NEMLEC Foundation To Hold Raffle Drawing For Patriots TicketsIn “Community”NEMLEC Police Foundation Raises $9,500 Through All Pro VIP Season Ticket DrawingIn “Community”last_img read more

Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle Lays Out 2018 Policy Agenda

first_imgLeaders of a Beautiful Struggle (LBS), a Baltimore based grassroots think-tank, believes local and state lawmakers need a public policy agenda that places the interests of Black Baltimoreans at the center of a process that connects the challenges city residents face.This week, the organization is working on its public policy agenda for the Maryland General Assembly as well as Baltimore City Hall.  LBS recently hosted its fourth annual Black Legislative Agenda day, drawing a packed house of concerned residents to discuss priority items for State lawmakers in advance of the General Assembly’s 2018 session which begins Jan. 10.Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle presided over the group’s annual Black Legislative Agenda Day at Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Northeast Baltimore. Dayvon Love (at podium) is director of Public Policy for LBS. Adam Jackson CEO of LBS and Brion “Lady Brion” Gill, the group’s cultural curator are seated behind Love. (Courtesy Photo)Ray Kelly, local advocate for police reform, said it was important to keeping pressure on lawmakers to ensure transparency in public safety.“It was important to keep a focus on the consent decree and the legislative barriers that are obstacles to fully implementing mandates to reforming the Baltimore Police Department like the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights (LEOBR),” Kelly said. “Our focus remains consistent. In 2018 we will be in full advocacy for City control of the BPD, issues with LEOBR, such as investigatory prowess for the Civilian Review Board (CRB), voting Civilians on the Police disciplinary trial boards and other issues, changing the Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA) that protects police disciplinary records from being publicized.”Khalilah Harris, deputy director of the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for African Americans during the Obama administration, spoke about schools as part of a holistic community agenda during the Black Legislative Agenda Day.“Black families need to be directly engaged in how to improve the lives of their children and be empowered with the tools and information about what it actually looks like for their children to live their best lives and contribute to society,” Harris said. “I haven’t heard a plan from the Mayor’s office and we even have a governor talking about locking people up again, but no real plan for what excellence looks like in education, economic development for affordable housing, transportation and jobs, jobs, jobs.”Harris further said, “Until that happens, it’s going to require the community to take matters into our hands and look for solutions within the community if the city leadership is not going to do it. Schools function on their own when the communities where they are located are starved for resources.”Dayvon Love, LBS director of Public Policy, is working on coordinating the concerns raised at the Legislative Agenda Day and working collaboratively with grassroots organizations to develop a focused agenda.“We will be at the center of the fight to make sure that the approach to public safety doesn’t focus on more incarceration as the ideal. One of the other issues is going to be expansion of expungement,” said Love. “The coalition of organizations will also aim to ensure 30 percent of the funding from possible marijuana legalization comes back to African American communities.”Love said LBS will serve as a catalyst to form an educational coalition that will push for the return of 70 percent of Baltimore’s education dollars to Black-led community-based organizations.  The Baltimore Algebra Project also advocates for community control of education funding and sent a letter stating this position to policy makers this past summer.“We ask that they adopt a rigorous racial equity framework and allocate 70 percent of education funding to communities that know how to connect with and interact with students in our city,” Love said.Both Kelly and Harris agree that participants who attended LBS’ Black Legislative Day will need to roll up their sleeves and get to work to move the legislative process toward the changes needed reflect the African American community.“We have knowledge of experience and are aware of the necessary policy changes to implement real change, but we only have a window of about for years, so we will be aggressive and resolute,” Kelly said.“This agenda is going to hold elected officials accountable – and not only elected officials, we are ready to hold ourselves accountable. We all have skin to put in this game if we are serious about community uplift,” said Harris.last_img read more

Bill Clintons speech at AIDS conference invaded by protesters

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- One protester challenged him with: ‘When will you commit to decriminalizing sex workers and drug users in the USA?‘When will you commit to ending AIDS 2020 [conference] in San Francisco?‘It’s not safe for sex workers, it’s not safe for drug users. You know that migrants can’t get in.‘Do not support AIDS 2020 San Francisco.’The claim sex workers and drug users do not feel safeAmong those protesting was a black trans woman demanding respect and for their demands to be taken seriously, as well as others chanting of ‘shame on you’. After a couple of minutes, Clinton took his place again behind the microphone and addressed what happened.‘First of all, I’d like to commend the conference on allowing people who come here with a grievance, a concern, the right to be heard. Not everyone can be scheduled on a program. I think it’s important.‘I know San Francisco’s in the United States and I know that a lot of you disagree with our government on a thing or two,’ he deadpanned. ‘Put me down in that category.’San Francisco is a sacred place‘But, you should also know for those of us who care about this issue in the United States, it is a sacred place,’ he said.‘Many people died and all the first battles were fought, and they died some more. And I’ll never forget, in 1984, when a distinguished American diplomat sneeringly referred to my party as the San Francisco Democrats because we wanted to stop the death. So I think when you get there, you’ll be glad they held the conference in San Francisco.’ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Gay Tourism: WTTC doesn’t know what to sayBermuda Tourism and LGBT Discrimination: Governor John Rankins has to decideWhat does ‘Be Gay, Do Crime’ mean?Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Bill Clinton’s closing address at the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam this afternoon was interrupted by protesters. They demanded the decriminalization of sex workers and drug users – and to stop the AIDS 2020 conference from being hosted in San Francisco.As the former President of the United States gave his address to the conference, several protesters walked down the center aisle of hall with red umbrellas. They then heckled him, before allowing the speech to continue. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) This last statement was met with a mixture of applause and some jeers from protestors. Some shouted ‘Shame!’ Clinton then continued with his speech, which largely addressed the ongoing global attempts to beat HIV and AIDS. He said most advances had come about through international partnerships.However, after another couple of minutes, protestors again start chanting, ‘Answer the question! Answer the question!’Clinton responded with, ‘I don’t know what the question is?’ before indicating that their demands – to end the criminalization of sex work worldwide – was out of his power.A westernized viewpointMatthew Hodson, Executive Director of HIV information service Aidsmap, was in the hall and spoke to Gay Star News.Hodson said the decriminalization of sex work has been a common theme at the conference as it would aid efforts to tackle HIV.He said a lot of people at the conference are concerned about the event moving to San Francisco in two years due to President Trump’s Muslim ban and bans on those with criminal records, such as drug users and sex workers.‘These are keen populations in terms of HIV prevention and the HIV prevention response.’Hodson said Clinton handled the protest, ‘As well as he could. It felt like he was sympathetic to the act of protest.‘Many in the hall were sympathetic to the protestors concerns, but also wanted to hear what Clinton had to say.’Hodson noted Clinton’s comments about San Francisco being a ‘sacred’ place, but said, ‘When you’re addressing a conference attended by many from sub-Saharan Africa and other regions devastated by AIDS, portraying San Francisco as the epicenter of AIDS is a very Westernized view.’Watch the video of the speech below.[embedded content]Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

Want to win R5000 Then purchase the Ladysmith Gazette newspaper ASAP

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite If you are looking for a job or want to buy / sell items, then check out the vacancies and classifieds pages.Many of our stories are “PRINT ONLY”, so you have to purchase a copy of the Ladysmith Gazette to read these stories, as they will not appear online.So get your copy NOW!Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! The Ladysmith Gazette newspaper is out today, so get your copy as soon as possible.Our front page this week is about a taxi owner who was gunned down at his home in Steadville.On page 2 and 3, we have plenty of hard news stories.Not forgetting our community articles, school news and sport.Also don’t forget that, on page 8, we have our Readership Survey. Fill it in and drop your entry form in any of the boxes which are situated at Spar, CNA, AK’s OK Grocer and at the Ladysmith Gazette offices. You can win a whopping R5000!Each week, the Ladysmith Gazette can be found in stores and on the streets in the early morning.To make it easier for morning commuters to purchase their weekly Gazette, we will be running a special promotion where the paper will be sold for R5 ONLY from our street sellers. No more scrabbling for change or holding up morning traffic; you can buy your favourite weekly newspaper for only one R5 coin.The normal price will apply in stores.last_img read more

Father of missing hiker hopes to continue search in Panama

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rican gov’t and Red Cross suspend search for US hiker believed missing in Corcovado Nat’l Park US man reported missing in Costa Rica’s rugged Corcovado National Park Red Cross officials suspect missing hiker may be inside gold mining tunnels Father continues search for Alaska hiker, believed missing in Costa Rica’s Corcovado National Park Facebook Comments Since 27-year-old Alaskan Cody Dialwent missing after hiking in Costa Rica’s wild Corcovado National Park, his father has traversed the park, repelled down waterfalls and trekked illegal gold mining trails in an attempt to find him. But even after weeks with no sign of his son, Roman Dial, a legendary Alaskan outdoorsman, is not ready to give up.“It just doesn’t seem like he went missing in the park,” Dial told The Tico Times. “I think the other possibility is that somebody has him.”The younger Dial has been missing since July 10 when it is suspected he first entered Corcovado National Park, using trails off-limits to tourists. The young backpacker had been traveling through Mexico and Central America since January. He had significant experience in backcountry hiking.Since his disappearance two Red Cross search teams combed the park and aerial patrols conducted more than 10 hours of flyovers in the region. After the Red Cross ended their rescue mission, Roman Dial continued exploring the park’s canyons with help from friends. None of the searches turned up any sign of the missing hiker.Foul play currently is not being investigated as a cause for Cody Dial’s disappearance, but according to Carlos Rivera, one of the leaders of the Red Cross search-and-rescue team, it has not been ruled out.“There is no indication that foul play was involved, but there is no indication that it wasn’t,” Rivera said. “With so little information to go on we can say that anything is possible.”He could even be in Panama, according to Roman Dial.“I walked back and forth across the park. We had a reward out for his gear and his equipment. We had a private investigator around,” he said. “I don’t think he is in Costa Rica because if he was it seems like something would have turned up.”Using online crowd-funding site GoFundMe, the family is now trying to raise $15,000 to  send a search team to Panama’s Darién Gap, where they believe Cody may have gone after his trip in Corcovado.“That area is known for violence,” Roman Dial said. “It just seems like a place worth looking.”last_img read more

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first_imgPARIS (AP) – In a May 21 story about the abandoned French hamlet of Courbefy being sold at auction to a photographer, the buyer’s name was incorrectly spelled. He goes by one name and that is Ahae.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Comments   Share   Four benefits of having a wireless security system How men can have a healthy 2019 New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories Sponsored Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

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first_img by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Jul 20, 2018 1:08 pm PDT Last Updated Jul 20, 2018 at 1:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Fox News says host Kimberly Guilfoyle is leaving the network, amid reports that she’s about to take on a new role with a super PAC supporting President Donald Trump’s agenda.A Fox spokeswoman confirmed her departure Friday. Guilfoyle has been one of the co-hosts of the network’s afternoon show “The Five” and has been dating Trump’s son Donald Jr. She was considered for White House press secretary last year after Sean Spicer departed the administration.A person familiar with the plans who was not authorized to speak publicly about them said Guilfoyle will be joining America First PAC, which has been promoting Trump’s record.Guilfoyle, a former prosecutor, was married for four years to California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.___Ken Thomas in Washington contributed to this report. Fox News says Guilfoyle leaving; may join Trump super PAClast_img read more