Young Innovators to Benefit from Venture Capital Programme

first_imgThe venture capital programme, being developed by the Government, will provide the opportunity for local technology experts to access funding to develop their innovative ideas into sustainable business ventures.State Minister in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, said that there are a number of creative young people, who will not be able to access loans from traditional lending institutions because “they simply don’t have the collateral to access funds.”Through the venture capital fund facility, they will be able to use their innovative ideas as collateral for funding.“The target group that we want to attract is youngsters, some of them are in high schools, some in tertiary institutions…the Government, through our Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), has begun work on developing a venture capital ecosystem that will provide the institutional framework to facilitate private funding of venture capital,” he stated.Mr. Robinson informed that a consultant has been engaged for the initiative, and “by the end of the year or next year, the programme will be launched”.The Minister, who was addressing the recent opening of International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) conference in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, said the Government continues to give priority to Information Communication Technology (ICT) as a key plank in the development process.ICT, he said, is “a vital area that will shape our future development, and allow for significant economic growth. We have a vision for Jamaica being a knowledge-based society, and in order to get there, the Government is engaged in a number of important initiatives to move our country in that direction.”Venture capitalis financial capital provided to early stage, high potential and high risk start-up companies. The venture capital fund makes money by owning equity in the companies, in which the investment is made.The Jamaica Venture Capital Programme will provide a conducive system, focused on facilitating the legal and structural imperatives, capacity building of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and fund managers, and the establishment of a Venture Capital Park.The programme will also give focus to the establishment of an initial private sector-managed fund, with a target of $1 billion for investment in high potential SMEs.It is agreed that the availability of venture capital through the provision of long- term equity financing to new ventures and new entrepreneurs with good ideas, can contribute to the creation of jobs and greater economic growth.Contact: Garfield Anguslast_img read more

Senate Passes Legislation To Absolve Certain National Heroes From Criminal Liability

first_img The Senate, on Friday (February 9), passed the National Heroes and Other Freedom Fighters (Absolution from Criminal Liability in Respect of Specified Events) Act, 2017, with five amendments, during its sitting at Gordon House.The Bill, which seeks to clear certain National Heroes including the Right Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey, George William Gordon, Paul Bogle and Samuel Sharpe, and their supporters of criminal charges arising from their involvement in the fight against slavery, was passed in the House of Representatives last October.Friday’s debate was piloted by Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister and Leader of Government Business in the Upper House, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, who reiterated the Government’s stance of the need for the Act to come into effect to facilitate the restoration of the dignity and integrity of those deemed to have suffered much for Jamaica’s long-term good.“We may not have been (at) Tacky’s rebellion in 1760, one of the most significant fights for freedom in Jamaica’s history…an uprising where hundreds of enslaved persons revolted against unspeakable conditions in which they live. We may not have been around when Samuel Sharpe took a stand in leading the Baptist war in 1831 to 1832, also known as the Christmas Rebellion.“We were not around when Paul Bogle and George William Gordon were executed…(or) when Marcus Mosiah Garvey was tried, sentenced and convicted for contempt of court in 1929,… but we are here today. Today we will play our part and right (the) many wrongs,” she said.Senator Johnson Smith said the Bill’s passage in February was timely in light of its observance as Black History and Reggae Month. She also noted that the legislation’s passage in the Lower House last October coincided with the commemoration of Heritage Month.Government members supporting the Bill during their contribution to the debate included: Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., Don Wehby, Kerensia Morrison, and Kavan Gayle. Story Highlights The Senate, on Friday (February 9), passed the National Heroes and Other Freedom Fighters (Absolution from Criminal Liability in Respect of Specified Events) Act, 2017, with five amendments, during its sitting at Gordon House. “We were not around when Paul Bogle and George William Gordon were executed…(or) when Marcus Mosiah Garvey was tried, sentenced and convicted for contempt of court in 1929,… but we are here today. Today we will play our part and right (the) many wrongs,” The Bill, which seeks to clear certain National Heroes including the Right Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey, George William Gordon, Paul Bogle and Samuel Sharpe, and their supporters of criminal charges arising from their involvement in the fight against slavery, was passed in the House of Representatives last October.last_img read more

Australia: Foundation Installation for Perth Wave …

first_img My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Carnegie Wave Energy, February 18, 2014 zoom The offshore foundation installation for the Perth Wave Energy Project off Garden Island, is now complete, Carnegie Wave Energy informed.The subsea drilling and installation of all pile type foundations were successfully completed with the third and final pile completed over the weekend. The installation vessel will be demobilising from the site this week clearing the way for offshore pipeline lay to commence.Carnegie Project Engineer Neil de Tisi said: “The relationship developed between Carnegie and Fugro Seacore Pty Ltd has been integral to the successful installation of the foundations. I’m pleased we were able to work together to find solutions to the inevitable challenges that one encounters with these sorts of offshore activities and to successfully complete the installation of all foundations.” Print  Closelast_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img HALIFAX COUNTY: Old Guysborough Road The Old Guysborough Road, between Pratt and Whitney Drive andGoff’s Road, will be closed to all traffic until further noticedue to an airplane crash at Halifax International Airport on Oct.14. Motorists are being re-routed via Oldham Road in Enfield. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 111 There will be periods of one-lane closures on Highway 111 at MicMac Boulevard until Friday, Oct. 29 to allow for interchangemodifications and repaving. DIGBY COUNTY: Gates Bridge The Gates Bridge, located near the intersection of Sissiboo Roadand Gates Lane, will have a 10-tonne weight restriction untilbridge repairs are completed in 2005. Heavy vehicles are advised to use Trunk 1 and cross the SissibooRiver at Weymouth. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-752-7907 Fax: 902-752-7908 Local Area Office: 902-798-2369 Fax: 902-798-2927 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Hardscratch Road Hardscratch Road, between the Yarmouth Town Line and GreenvilleRoad, will have lane closures until Saturday, Oct. 23. Road crewswill be carrying out ditching, culvert installation and repaving. Motorists may experience delays and are advised to use analternate route if possible. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local area office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-625-4050 Fax: 902-625-0763 Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19, north of River Denys Mountain Road to north of SandyGillis Bridge, will have occasional lane closures for repavinguntil Sunday, Oct. 31. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.Traffic controllers will be in place. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Blasting will take place on Highway 103, between exits 4 and 5,between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. until Tuesday, Nov. 30. Botheastbound and westbound motorists may experience short delays.Motorists on Trunk 3 near Exit 4 may also experience delays.Traffic controllers will be in place. Work takes place from 7a.m. to 7 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103, Exit 5 (HammondsPlains Road) From 6 p.m. today, Oct. 22, to 5 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 25, trafficwill be rerouted off Highway 103 at Exit 5 (Hammonds PlainsRoad), while the existing bridge is removed. Traffic will be directed to exit the highway at the eastbound andwestbound off-ramps, cross Hammonds Plains Road and re-enterHighway 103 via the on-ramps. Work will take place over the weekend. Traffic is expected toreturn to normal on Monday, Oct. 25, but motorists are advised touse caution while becoming familiar with the temporary routechange. Work at Exit 5 will continue until the end of January 2005. Local area office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Furlong Bridge The Furlong Bridge on Trunk 2 near Southampton will be closeduntil Sunday, Oct. 31, while the bridge is replaced. Traffic will be rerouted to a temporary two-lane panel bridgeparallel to the existing bridge. Local area office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Highway 125 The shoulder lanes on the four-lane section of Highway 125 nearSydney River will be closed 24 hours a day until Wednesday, Dec.15, while the highway and the Sydney River Bridge are widened andthe Coxheath Road Bridge is replaced. Work in the area willcontinue until June 2005. Traffic control will consist of traffic drums and concretebarriers. A detour is available via Route 305. Local area office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2517 RICHMOND COUNTY: Port Royal Bridge The Port Royal Bridge will be closed for repairs from Monday,Oct. 25 to Wednesday, Nov. 3. Motorists are asked to detour viaMacEachern Road, which is adjacent to the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Trunk 4 Three kilometres of Trunk 4 will have periodic lane closures nearMiddle Cape until Wednesday, Nov. 10, for repaving. Work willtake place west of Breac Brook Bridge to the top of the hill inMiddle Cape, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Traffic control willconsist of a pilot vehicle. Motorists can expect delays and are advised to use alternateroutes where possible. Local area office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local area office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7042 Local area office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 PICTOU COUNTY: Joudrey Bridge The Joudrey Bridge in River John will be closed to all trafficuntil Sunday, Oct. 31, while the bridge is replaced. Motorists are advised to detour to Mountain Road and LouisvilleRoad. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Trunk 16, between Boylston and Guysborough, will haveintermittent lane closures for repaving until Sunday, Oct. 31. Work will take place from daylight to dark, Monday to Friday,with some weekend work. Local area office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-742-6000 Local Area Office: 902-798-2369 Fax: 902-798-2927 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 2 A section of Trunk 2 at Shad Brook will be closed for road workuntil Sunday, Oct. 31. A single-lane detour around the work will be constructed andtraffic will be controlled by traffic lights. The maximum widthon the detour structure is 3.1 metres. Local area office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local area office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 KINGS COUNTY: Simpson Bridge Simpson Bridge on Gaspereau River Road is closed for majorrepairs. A detour is available. Traffic control consists ofsigns. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 There will be one-lane closures on Highway 101, between theEllershouse underpass and the Wentworth Road overpass untilSaturday, Oct. 30. Motorists may experience delays and may take an alternate routevia Trunk 1, between Exit 4 and Exit 5. Traffic control willconsist of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. The speed limit at the St. Croix interchange at Exit 4 is reducedto 80 km/h until further notice. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103, Exit 4 (Hubley) The existing bridge at Exit 4 (Hubley) has been removed and workhas begun on its replacement. Motorists crossing Highway 103 onTrunk 3 are asked to detour, with caution, over a temporarystructure. Efforts will be made to minimize delays at peaktravelling times. The work at Exit 4 will continue until the end of January 2005. PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road in Pictou County is closeduntil further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detouris available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. Local area office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local area office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 HANTS COUNTY: Station Road Bridge The Station Road Bridge in Scotch Village will be closed forrepairs until Friday, Oct. 29. Motorists are advised to use an alternate route via Vaughan Road. COLCHESTER/HALIFAX COUNTIES: Route 224 Route 224, from the intersection of Route 277 at Gay’s River tothe Elderbank Road, about six kilometres, will have intermittentlane closures due to repaving. Traffic control will consist of apilot vehicle. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. andwill be complete by Friday, Nov. 5. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Coxheath Road Coxheath Road will have occasional daytime lane closures untilWednesday, Dec. 15, while the Coxheath Road Bridge is replaced.New interchange ramps will also be constructed. Work willcontinue until June 2005. Traffic control persons will be inplace. A detour is available via Route 4 and Blacketts Lake Road. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local area office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local area office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-424-5080 Fax: 902-424-0696 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 There will be periods of one-lane closures on Highway 104 fromTrunk 4, extending 6 kilometres westerly until Monday, Nov. 1,while the highway is repaved. Traffic control will consist offlagpersons and a pilot vehicle. Work will be carried out between 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday toSaturday. Local area office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2518 Local area office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 HALIFAX COUNTY: Route 333 There will be one-lane closures on Route 333, from Brookside Roadsouth to Burkes Road, until Tuesday, Nov. 30. Crews will bepatching and repaving the road. Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons, signsand cones. Motorists may experience delays and are advised to usean alternate route. Local area office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2517 NEW WORK SHELBURNE COUNTY: Port Clyde Bridge The Port Clyde Bridge on Route 309, located 3.4 kilometres southof Highway 103, will have a 12-tonne weight restriction until thebridge is replaced. Heavy vehicles are advised to use the Clyde River Bridge onHighway 103. INVERNESS COUNTY: Route 395 Route 395, north of West Lake Ainslie Road to Trout Brook Bridge,will have lane closures until Sunday, Oct. 31, for repaving andbridge work. Work will take place between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.weekdays. Traffic controllers will be in place. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Route 337 Two sections of Route 337 will have intermittent lane closuresuntil Sunday, Oct. 31. One section starts at the intersection of Route 337 and MarshRoad at Livingstone Cove and goes seven kilometres west. Theother section starts at Cribbons Point Road and goes 2.4kilometres to South Lakevale Road. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Traffic control willconsist of a pilot vehicle. Local Area Office: 902-679-6122 Fax: 902-679-6187 INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105, west of River Denys Mountain Road and extending fourkilometres east, will have one-lane closures for repaving untilSunday, Oct. 31. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.weekdays. Traffic controllers will be in place. SHELBURNE COUNTY: Shelburne Bridge The Shelburne Bridge on Trunk 3 will be closed to all trafficuntil Friday, Nov. 19, while the bridge is repaired. Motorists are advised to use a detour that follows Ohio Road tothe Welshtown Bridge and Welshtown Road. Local area office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 104, Port Hastings Rotary The Port Hastings Rotary on Highway 104 will have lane closuresuntil Sunday, Oct. 31. Road crews will be repaving between 7 p.m.and 7 a.m. weekdays. Traffic controllers will be in place. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Two sections of Highway 102 will have periods of one-laneclosures until Sunday, Oct. 31. Section one is about eight kilometres south on Highway 102 fromExit 2 (Kearney Lake) to Ralston Avenue, off Bayers Road. Section two is about three kilometres north on Highway 102 fromRalston Avenue to Exit 1A (Highway 103). The closures may take place 24 hours a day except between 7 a.m.and 9 a.m. on inbound lanes, and between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. onoutbound lanes. Motorists may experience delays and are advised to use analternate route. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 7 Trunk 7 will have intermittent one-lane closures until Sunday,Oct. 31. The closures will be in effect from 1.3 kilometres westof Liscomb River to the MacKinley Point Loop Road at Spanish ShipBay. Work will take place from daylight to dark, Monday to Friday,with some weekend work. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 VICTORIA COUNTY: Trunk 30 (Cabot Trail) Trunk 30 (Cabot Trail) will have lane closures from the YankeeLine Road intersection to 1.5 kilometres west of Upper MiddleRiver Bridge until Sunday, Oct. 31, for repaving. The closures will take place between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. andtraffic controllers will be in place. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Indian Point Bridge There will be one-lane closures on the Indian Point Bridge nearMahone Bay, from Monday, Oct. 25 to Friday, Oct. 29, while thebridge is replaced. The bridge will also be closed to loads widerthan 3.5 metres (11 feet). CONTINUING WORK ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 There will be one-lane closures on Highway 104 on the West RiverBridge in Antigonish, near the intersection of Church Street andthe highway, until Tuesday, Nov. 30. Road crews will be carryingout joint replacement work and repaving. Traffic control persons will be in place and motorists are askedto use caution while travelling in the area. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Route 305 Route 305/Seaview Drive, will have occasional lane closures untilSunday, Oct. 31, while the Leitches Creek Bridge is replaced.Work will take place weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.Traffic controllers will be in place when necessary. -30-last_img read more

Former Premiers To Head 2008 Anniversary Celebrations

first_imgCecil Clarke, Speaker of the House of Assembly, today, April 13, announced former premiers Russell MacLellan and John Hamm will co-chair the organizing committee for Nova Scotia’s 250 anniversary celebrations of Canada’s first democracy. “Next year’s anniversary marks an important milestone for our country and a proud first for Nova Scotia,” said the Speaker. “I am delighted that our organizing committee will be led by two prominent Nova Scotians who bring credibility and accountability to our anniversary celebrations.” Government House leader Michael Baker formally established the Democracy 250 Committee through a bill introduced in the legislature today. The bill immediately received all-party support. Mr. Clarke said, “Planning has already begun, but there’s a tremendous amount of work to be done in order to ensure as many Nova Scotians, from as many communities as possible, participate in anniversary events and celebrate this great moment in our province’s history.” He said the Democracy 250 Committee has already identified a number of key objectives to guide anniversary planning, including celebrating our history and institutions; educating Canadians about the importance of democracy and voting; honouring our veterans and military men and women for upholding our freedoms, and recognizing good citizenship. Schools, local heritage sites and legions will be focal points for community celebrations. “As the first representative government outside of Westminster and within Canada, Nova Scotia can lay claim to one of our country’s most important firsts,” Mr. MacLellan said. “I’m extremely pleased to be a part of the team that will help plan the events to celebrate this great Canadian milestone.” Fellow co-chair, Mr. Hamm, said the committee will focus a great deal of its efforts on educating our students about why they should vote. “A key objective of the Democracy 250 Committee is to celebrate democracy and to highlight how, 250 years later, it has positively influenced our lives and shaped our national identity,” Mr. Hamm said. “Hopefully, our anniversary celebrations will help convey to Nova Scotians, particularly young Nova Scotians, why every eligible voter should cast their ballot.” The Speaker said all three political parties support Nova Scotia’s 250th anniversary celebrations and have agreed to name a caucus member to sit on the organizing committee.last_img read more

How to Avoid Bear Encounters

first_imgHibernation has ended and young bears straying from their mothers may enter neighbourhoods, so Nova Scotians should know how to respond. “Hundreds of nuisance bear reports come in to our department each year and we want Nova Scotians to know they can help reduce the problem of bear encounters by following certain precautions,” said Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources. “Bears are an important species in our province but all wildlife should be treated with respect and caution to avoid danger so we urge people to check the DNR website for things they can, and should, do.” To prevent bear incidents and learn what to do when a bear is seen, visit . The department’s wildlife specialists say food odours or accessible food can attract bears. Bears will search far and wide for food, following odours into backyards. They are attracted to garbage, compost, green bins, pet food, and bird feeders. Keeping garbage inside or storing it in bear-proof containers, and keeping barbecue grills free of grease and food particles can prevent bear encounters. Campers and hikers also should take precautions to avoid attracting bears. Bear encounters can pose risks to people and property, and can also harm the animal. Bear sightings in residential communities and near homes should be reported to the Department of Natural Resources. Trained staff will determine the appropriate action. During business hours, call a local Natural Resources office. A list of office contact numbers is available at . After hours and on weekends and holidays, call toll free, 1-800-565-2224.last_img read more

Liberals drop contentious antiabortion test for summer jobs funding

first_imgOTTAWA — Contentious wording in Ottawa’s summer jobs program that tied pro-abortion beliefs to funding eligibility is being dropped after a backlash to what was styled last year as a values test.Instead, the federal Liberals have re-tooled the 2019 version of the Canada Summer Jobs program to require applicants to declare they don’t work to infringe on any Canadian’s legal rights.Wording on the application for the 2018 version of the program required groups to say neither their core mandate nor the jobs being funded actively worked to undermine constitutional, human and reproductive rights.Labour Minister Patty Hajdu says the change — made after informal consultations over the past few months — should clear up concerns from faith-based groups who expressed outrage over this past year’s requirements.“They felt this was about their values and beliefs and not about the jobs and the performances of the students in particular roles and we took that to heart,” Hajdu said in an interview.“We’ve been working on making sure we do what we intended to do, which is to stand up for the rights of Canadians…but that we also work closely with faith-based groups and others so that they can see how they themselves would fit into this program.”Additional changes have been made to the program’s eligibility criteria to disqualify any project or summer job that tries to restrict access a woman’s ability to access sexual or reproductive health services. Other disqualifying traits include jobs that restrict the exercise of human rights or that discriminate based on sex, religion, race or ethnic origin.“This is a program about quality jobs for kids, so we shouldn’t be asking kids in any circumstance to do work that would put them into a position to have to undermine or restrict the rights of others,” Hajdu said.“That’s not the kind of job experience we would want young people to have, especially for, often times, their first (job).”The change is one of several made to the popular program to be outlined today to MPs. Employers can begin to apply later this month.The Liberals are opening the program to any young person age 15 to 30, no longer requiring them to be students in order to have their position qualify for funding.Widening eligibility is a step towards a revamp of the summer jobs program that a government-struck expert panel called for last year.The panel’s final report recommended the Liberals expand eligibility for the Canada Summer Jobs program to include those who are not in post-secondary studies and make funding accessible throughout the year and not just during the summer months.Available positions will also be posted on a newly released mobile app that lets users search through the federal government’s job bank.At the end of the summer, employers and employees will be required to fill out a survey so the government can get better feedback about their experiences to help fine-tune the program going forward. Hajdu said employers will also be required to follow mentorship plans for their workers as part of efforts to ensure only “quality” jobs are funded.The data collected won’t be used to screen out employers in subsequent funding years, but to evaluate the program overall, Hajdu said.“This is a really great jobs program for kids, they make some money, they get that experience, but we want to make sure it is actually resulting in quality experience,” she said.— Follow @jpress on Twitter.Jordan Press, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Katy Perry Named As UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

first_imgAt a special event today at UNICEF Headquarters, global pop superstar Katy Perry was appointed UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador, with a special focus on engaging young people in the agency’s work to improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children and adolescents.“Katy Perry is already a champion for children, and we look forward to hearing her ‘roar’ on behalf of UNICEF,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “We are delighted that she is joining us as UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador and lending her remarkable voice to amplify the voices of children and young people around the world.”As a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Katy will work to engage young people in speaking out about the issues they believe are most important in their own lives and enlisting them more directly in coming up with solutions to those challenges. She will focus her outreach especially on children and adolescents who are most vulnerable, including those living in severe poverty, affected by violence, abuse, and neglect, and in emergency and conflict situations.“I believe young people have the power to change their own lives, with our help,” said Katy. “I am honoured to join UNICEF as a Goodwill Ambassador, and committed to doing everything I can to help children and adolescents who come from such different backgrounds but want the same thing: a brighter future.”Earlier this year, Katy visited Madagascar, one of the poorest countries in the world, as part of a UNICEF mission, bringing much-needed attention to the situation of children there.In October, Katy joined in UNICEF’s celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child, lending her hit song “Roar” to the soundtrack of a new PSA to inspire girls and help them become tomorrow’s champions.Most recently, she has called on her massive social media following to support UNICEF’s emergency relief efforts for children, including those affected by Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines in early November.The international star was joined by Lake and Hannah Godefa, a UNICEF National Ambassador for Ethiopia, who moderated a question and answer session as part of Katy’s official welcome to UNICEF.As a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, the 29-year-old singer joins an impressive list that also includes Amitabh Bachchan, David Beckham, Harry Belafonte, Orlando Bloom, Jackie Chan, Mia Farrow, Danny Glover, Angelique Kidjo, Liam Neeson, Leo Messi, Sir Roger Moore, Vanessa Redgrave and Susan Sarandon.Oscar winning icon Audrey Hepburn drew worldwide attention to the role of UNICEF Goodwill ambassador, following in the footsteps of actor and comedian Danny Kaye, who pioneered the concept of the Goodwill Ambassador, serving from 1954 until his death in 1987.last_img read more

Cree artist Carter unveils To Dream the Bear

first_imgAPTN National NewsHe expressed himself through stone and canvas.Jason Carter is an up and coming contemporary Aboriginal artist who is celebrated for both his paintings and carvings.Now the Cree artists is launching his latest work, “To Dream the Bear,” at his own art gallery.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has this story.last_img

APTN political panel all about the scandals – Part 1

first_imgAPTN National NewsThere’s no shortage of things to talk about on Parliament Hill.There’s the Senate scandal.The prime minister’s former chief of staff.Over at Aboriginal Affairs questions about how the department investigated claims that it was spying on First Nations child advocate Cindy Blackstock.APTN’s Jorge Barrera with this week’s political panel.For Part 2 click here.last_img

HC raps Haasan for Hindu extremist remark grants anticipatory bail

first_imgMadurai: The Madras High Court rapped actor-politician Kamal Haasan for his Hindu extremist remark on Monday, observing that identifying a criminal with a religion, caste or race would definitely sow the seeds of hatred among people.Granting anticipatory bail to Haasan in a case filed over his controversial remark made at a recent poll rally, Justice R Pugalendhi of the Madurai bench of the high court also said hate speeches had become a common affair of late. Haasan, the founder of the Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM), apprehended arrest in the case filed against him over his remark made at Aravakurichi that the first extremist of independent India was a Hindu, a reference to Nathuram Godse who shot dead Mahatma Gandhi. The case has been filed on a complaint by the Hindu Munnani. The remark had triggered a controversy with the BJP, the ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu and several Hindu outfits condemning Haasan. Cases have been filed against him in Tamil Nadu and New Delhi. Finding fault with Haasan for raising the issue in his campaign speech, the judge said a spark could light a lamp as well as destroy a forest. “What was required for the audience, in the election meeting, was constructive solutions for uplifting the common man and not creating hatred,” the judge said in his order.last_img read more

Commercial real estate market climbs across Canada ReMax

TORONTO — Demand for commercial properties remained strong in major Canadian markets in the first half of the year and is expected to continue well into 2013, according to a new study released Wednesday by the realtor group Re/Max.The Re/Max Commercial Investor Report found that almost all markets saw an increase in commercial sales and dollar volume over the six-month period ended June 30.The report highlights trends in nine Canadian centres — Greater Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg, London, Ont., Greater Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax-Dartmouth.The upbeat report on commercial real estate came just days after a report from the Canadian Real Estate Association pointed to a more lacklustre residential market.CREA said that while September residential sales were up 2.5% from August, they were down 15.1% from a year ago and likely to remain below 2011 levels through the fourth quarter. It cited both tighter mortgage lending rules and an uncertain economy.“While some first-time home buyers may no longer qualify for mortgage financing under the new rules, it is likely that many others are stepping back and reassessing how much house they can realistically afford, which is one of the things new mortgage rules were designed to do,” CREA said.[np-related]Re/Max said both Canadian and foreign investors were behind the push in commercial real estate, snapping-up apartment buildings and small strip malls “given continuing low interest rates and a generally bullish tone for the Canadian economy.”Private investors, in particular, have gained a serious foothold in recent years, spurring demand for entry-level properties such as multi-unit residential, suburban and urban retail storefronts, and smaller office buildings, the report said.“Canada’s commercial market has quickly shaken off the signs of recessionary sluggishness and roared back to life, with 2012 building on impressive gains reported in 2011,”  said Gurinder Sandhu, executive vice-president and regional director, Re/Max Ontario-Atlantic Canada.Sandhu said that low interest rates, lacklustre returns on GICs and volatility in the stock market had renewed demand for commercial real estate at a time when sellers are holding on to their investments.“With little product available in the market, upward pressure on pricing is expected to continue for the remainder of the year and into 2013,” he said.The reported found no shortage of investors, either large or small, in the commercial market. “Multiple offers were noted in six of the nine markets examined, including all major markets in the east, Winnipeg and Edmonton.”“Given the appetite for tangible investments with long-term revenue streams and potential for appreciation, commercial real estate has been gaining favour and is expected to be a top-performer well into the new year,” said Elton Ash, regional executive vice-president, Western Canada.Re/Max said economic factors are at play in markets, with strong economies in Alberta and Saskatchewan boosting sales there and the $25-billion military shipbuilding contract awarded to Halifax Shipyard seen as major catalyst in the Halifax-Dartmouth area.“A shortage of industrial product exists throughout Western Canada, as well as in Ottawa and Halifax-Dartmouth, while the market returns to more balanced conditions in southern Ontario following a period of moderate oversupply,” it said.Meanwhile, U.S. and multi-national retailers moving into the Canada market  are fuelling “robust activity” in the retail segment from coast to coast.“American brands such as Nordstrom, Target, J. Crew, Marshalls and numerous others have created a flurry of activity that is changing the Canadian real estate landscape,” Re/Max said.Re/Max is among Canada’s leading real estate organizations, with nearly 18,900 sales associates at  more than 720 independently-owned and operated offices in Canada.The Canadian Press read more

Keystone pipeline doesnt carry sins of entire carbon economy Calgary mayor

CALGARY — Calgary’s mayor says both government and the oil industry have dropped the ball when it comes to promoting TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline.Naheed Nenshi recently returned from a world economic forum in Switzerland.He says discussions about the project made it clear to him that Canada has not done a good enough job of winning over global leaders.Nenshi says he has become an advocate of the pipeline because Calgary-based TransCanada’s project is key to his city’s economy.The $7.6-billion pipeline would carry bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands to refineries along the U.S. Gulf Coast.Environmental groups have put enormous pressure on the U.S. government not to approve Keystone.Nenshi says the case in favour of the pipeline is complex and Canada needs to do a better job at promoting it.“I think it’s a terrible shame that this one-metre-in-diameter pipeline is being asked to carry all of the sins of the carbon economy,” Nenshi said. “In fact, I think that some of the protests against the pipeline are deeply misdirected.”The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers says it welcomes Nenshi’s support.“I am very pleased to have the mayor be an advocate for it. He is going to be having important conversations with important people,” said spokesman Travis Davies.But Davies appears to disagree with Nenshi on one point:“I think industry and governments a have been very active in making the case for this project.”The state of Nebraska recently dropped its opposition to Keystone after the governor said he would allow the pipeline to travel through the state along a revised path. The project’s fate is now with the U.S. State Department. read more

Speaker convenes Parliament tomorrow in accordance with old gazette

The Speaker said that after several days of political turmoil Parliament must now perform its role by allowing the elected representatives of the people to reach a determination on the legitimacy of their Government.Jayasuriya also urged the public, especially persons in positions of responsibility to conduct themselves in a calm and dignified manner in order to avoid unnessercery provocation and instability. (Colombo Gazette) Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has convened Parliament tomorrow in accordance with the old gazette issued by President Maithripala Sirisena.Jayasuriya said that since the Supreme Court had issued a stay order on the new gazette issued by the President dissolving Parliament and calling for elections, the earlier gazette convening Parliament on November 14th will now be valid. As a result, the Speaker’s office said that a party leader’s meeting will be held tomorrow at 8.30am following which Parliament will convene at 10am. read more

Applied Linguistics hosting research day

Applied Linguistics is hosting a research day this week for students and faculty to showcase their research.The Department of Applied Linguistics Research Day will include a poster session, snacks and informal discussion. The event is Tuesday, April 12 from 3 to 5 p.m. on the sixth floor of the Plaza building. Everyone is welcome.For more information, contact Veena Dwivedi at or 905-688-5550 x5389.

SecretaryGeneral welcomes release of political detainees in Myanmar

In a statement released through his spokesman, Mr. Annan also expressed hope that more political detainees would be released in the near future.”The Secretary-General reiterates that there is no alternative to the ongoing talks between the Government and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to bring about the democratization and national reconciliation in Myanmar,” the statement said. “He urges the two sides to make further efforts to achieve tangible progress and calls on the international community to continue supporting the dialogue process in Myanmar.”The release of the group, which included Saw Mra Aung, a senior member of the National League for Democracy, eight more members of parliament and four others, took place on 13 and 14 June 2001, shortly after the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy, Razali Ismail, visited the country. read more

CV registration record broken – again

Rolling year total is 378,413, and continues to run at record levels.29,259 registrations for July beats last year’s record. Growth rates of 3.0 per cent for July, 7.1 per cent for the year to July. Heavy vans, 2.6 to 3.5t took 6.2 per cent of July’s increase. Trucks down 3.3 per cent in July, up 1.1 per cent for the year to July.Bus & coaches up 14.9 per cent, but down 5.6 per cent for the year to July.Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive, said: ‘As we expected, the commercial vehicle sector remains very strong, with excellent monthly growth through the year to date. The sector is on target to break the annual record at the year end, with vans setting the pace and today’s interest rate decision is unlikely to affect CV registrations this year.’For full comment and analysis please click on the link below.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

JCHX building one of worlds most advanced mining training centres near Beijing

first_imgRe-affirming its position as one of China’s leading underground contract miners, Beijing-based JCHX Mining Management is expanding its Miyun County mining training centre. In one of the biggest mining simulator deals of 2015, the company will purchase five new CYBERMINE training simulators from ThoroughTec Simulation, a company that continues to expand in the Chinese market.This order is in addition to the two simulators already operating at JCHX’s technologically advanced training centre in Miyun County, just outside Beijing.ThoroughTec says this second investment by JCHX in CYBERMINE simulators “was concluded following a thorough comparative evaluation of available simulator suppliers. Recognising ThoroughTec’s leadership in this market, JCHX once again chose ThoroughTec to design and supply several highly complex, new-generation equipment simulators.”“We are delighted that JCHX has entrusted ThoroughTec with the further expansion of its training facility,” says Larin Allison, Regional Vice President of Asia Pacific at ThoroughTec.“JCHX strives to maintain an efficient and safe workforce,” says Wang Xian Cheng, Chairman and founder of JCHX. “We are committed to achieving these high standards with well-trained, professional personnel. These highly-realistic training simulators and the training centre as a whole will help us achieve this.”In addition to the simulators already being used for operator training – an Atlas Copco 282 drill rig and Normet 1050 shotcrete sprayer – JCHX will be taking delivery of five additional, latest-generation CYBERMINE simulators for training Sandvik LH410 LHD and DS411 bolter operators; as well as Atlas Copco Simba 1354 long hole drill rig, MT2010 dump truck and Cabletec LC bolter operators.ThoroughTec’s Executive VP of Operations, Richard Bellengere notes that, “As far as we know the Cable Reel Bolter simulator we are delivering to train Atlas Copco Cabletec operators, is the first of its kind in the world.”“ThoroughTec is delighted to be developing these popular vehicles for JCHX. Our engineering credentials convinced the company that ThoroughTec had the capability to simulate these complex, state-of-the-art machines. We will no doubt be using our strong relationships with Sandvik and Atlas Copco to ensure they are as accurate as possible,” says Allison.JCHX has ordered two classroom simulator base units to run these interchangeable cabs along with a central database server. The entire CYBERMINE system will be inter-connected to this hub. This enhancement will add significant value to the training centre by connecting the existing simulators with the new units, thereby ensuring consolidated user management and optimal efficiency. It will also enable a ‘total approach’ to workforce optimisation and management in the future. The simulators will be customised for JCHX to include Mandarin language localisation.“I am thrilled that JCHX are investing in our centralised server solutions as it will enable significant future expansion of their systems to include a variety of newly-developed, CYBERMINE training technologies, all of which have been designed to boost training capacity and enhance our core offering,” says Allison.The team at ThoroughTec Simulation has been designing simulator based training systems for over 25 years. During this time the company has grown into one of the world’s leading training simulation organisations.ThoroughTec says its “range of CYBERMINE mining simulators is the broadest in the industry, encompassing all aspects of both surface and underground mining operations for hard and soft rock and capable of replicating a mine’s entire working fleet from load and haul through to the most complex production and ancillary equipment. CYBERMINE mining simulator systems are designed and engineered to make mines safer, more productive and more cost effective.”ThoroughTec’s R&D efforts have been focussed in recent years in providing complete heavy equipment workforce optimisation solutions. It has added Operator Familiarisation Trainers and E-Learning to the CYBERMINE product range, complementing the CYBERMINE Full Mission Simulators and answering the call from the mining industry for optimised heavy equipment workforces who reduce costs per tonne and improve overall mine safety.The picture shows a fourth generation CYBERMINE simulator for the training of Atlas Copco 282 drill rig operators.last_img read more

Petition to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque denied by Turkish Constitutional

first_imgThe Hagia Sophia will remain a museum, after a petition – launched by the Turkish Union of Permanent Vakifs of Historic Monuments and the Environment – was overruled by the Constitutional Court.The Union claimed that reading passages from the Quran and having Muslim prayers in the halls of the church should be allowed, but the Court did not comply with their request.This was the third such attempt made by this non-profit organisation, after their 2004 plea towards the prime minister to change the law so that the Hagia Sophia could open as a mosque, which received no response, and their 2005 petition to the Council of State, which was also rejected.After the Court’s decision was announced, the Union declared that this refusal constitutes a violation towards the freedom of religion. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

55 take an active interest in their pension savings

first_imgMore than half (55%) of respondents take an active and regular interest in their pension savings, according to research by chartered accountant and business adviser Price Bailey.Its Workplace pensions: the members’ perspective report, which surveyed 2,017 pension scheme members, also found that 42% of respondents do not know whether they contribute to a defined benefit (DB) or defined contribution (DC) scheme.The research also found:60% believe it is their employer’s responsibility to ensure employees understand workplace pensions.28% of respondents do not know how long they will need a pension income for after they retire.37% feel they lack the understanding and knowledge to be more actively engaged with their pension.Just over half (53%) of respondents would like to access financial education or advice through the web or interactive tools, and 44% would like one-to-one meetings with specialist financial advisers.88% consider how their pension scheme is managed and run as either fairly or very important.86% of respondents say that the overall investment return of their pension is important, and 43% would avoid investing in businesses that conflicted with their ethical views even if they offered a better investment performance.Tom Freeman, head of pensions at Price Bailey, said: “This research has highlighted what pension scheme members are looking for from trustees and their employers, but also the lack of clarity which they have over how and where their money is being invested, and what the options are when they come to retire.“There is a clear expectation on employers to provide scheme members and employees with the education, information and access to advice in a clear, easily accessible form. This is vital to enable members to make informed decisions about their pension and to plan appropriately for their retirement, before it is too late.”last_img read more