13 10 19

first_imgTORONTO (660 NEWS) – The Prime Minister has answered questions about Alberta’s energy problems.Justin Trudeau was in studio with Breakfast Television in Toronto where he was asked about what he is doing to help Alberta.Trudeau said he continues to work with the province and the oil and gas industry to help Albertans that are struggling right now.“Yes, we are looking at income supports as well, but the real core of the problem is that there is no access to markets other than the United States for Canadian oil from the oilsands,” said Trudeau.He said that is why the federal government purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline.He also laid blame on previous regimes for not getting these projects done.“This is a problem that has gone on for years. For ten years the Conservatives in Ottawa marginalized indigenous voices, ignored the environmental responsibilities, and therefore couldn’t get things built.”The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project hasn’t been built by the Liberal party either, but Trudeau said the work being done right now will ensure that this project will go forward.“We’ve moved significantly on that,” said Trudeau. “The federal court of appeals came back and said ‘you need to do more on indigenous consultations, more on the environment. We are on the right track, but you need to do more.’ We are following their blueprint because we understand these things need to be done in the right way.”last_img read more

8 10 19

CALGARY — For the biggest pay hikes in Canada, look no further than the oilpatch.The energy sector continues to lead the country in both actual and projected salary increases, according to survey released Monday by global consulting firm Mercer.The average base salary increase across the country is expected to be 3% next year, the same as in 2014.But in the energy sector, the pay bump is forecast at 3.7% in 2015 after an actual 3.9% increase this year.Mercer has conducted its Canada Compensation Planning Survey for more than two decades, compiling responses from nearly 700 organizations across Canada.For the past five years, the trends have been stable both at a national level and amongst different industries, Mercer’s Allison Griffiths said in an interview.“Companies just, in general, are feeling more stable and more confident about their outlooks,” she said.When the energy sector is removed from the mix, the national average projected salary increase drops to 2.9%. That effect is more pronounced in energy-rich Alberta and Saskatchewan.On the other end of the spectrum, the transportation, equipment, consumer goods and retail/wholesale industries are expected to see the smallest salary increases at around 2.6 or 2.7%.“All different factors come into play here when we’re talking about salary increases. It’s the economy… or who are the big companies within the region and what are they doing? Cost of living comes into it, competition for labour,” said Griffiths.“Retail in general is typically one of the industries that their profits and their margins are very tight, so they’re typically very conservative with their salary increases.”While base salary is an important component in attracting and retaining talent, it’s important to make sure employees understand in other ways that they’re valued, she said.“Unless you have good communication and you’re really able to explain things to employees in a meaningful way, things get lost in translation and the engagement aspect of it can get diminished,” she said.“It’s actually about how it’s delivered and thanking your employees for their hard work and things like that.”Another important aspect is making sure employees are aware of opportunities for advancement within their organization. With the economic outlook stabilizing, companies are becoming more focused on putting so-called “career frameworks” in place.Demographics also has a lot to do with it, said Griffiths.“The younger generation definitely wants to know more and wants more transparency around their career potential.”The Canadian Press read more

8 10 19

He says every member of the SLFP and the UPFA in Parliament should oppose the proposed 20th Amendment and the Amendment to the provincial council elections law brought with a view to postponing the forthcoming provincial council elections and to extend the terms of the existing provincial councils without an election.“The SLFP/UPFA group in parliament can deprive the government of the two thirds majority needed to pass this Amendment. Because this 20th Amendment impinges on the people’s sovereignty and the franchise, it will require a referendum as well. We will be petitioning the Supreme Court in this regard. But the SLFP/UPFA parliamentarians acting together can block this in the legislature. They are duty bound to do so to safeguard the rights of the people. If the need is to hold all the PC elections on the same day, the government can bring forward the elections to all Provincial Councils to 2017, instead of postponing the elections till 2019,” he added. (Colombo Gazette) Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says the Government has gazetted the 20th Amendment to the Constitution with a view to postponing elections to the provincial councils.Rajapaksa said that the Sabaragamuwa, North Central and Eastern Provinces were to stand dissolved in a few weeks time, in early October. “The proposed postponement of the PC elections comes in the context where the local Government elections which were due in March 2015 have also been indefinitely postponed. This is the latest in a long list of outrages against democracy perpetrated by this government which came into power through a conspiracy aided by interested foreign parties on 8 January 2015,” he said. The former President said that if passed into law, the 20th Amendment would allow not only the postponement of all PC elections, but also the extension of the terms of all existing PCs up to September 2019 in a direct violation of the franchise and the sovereignty of the people. read more

3 10 19

B.C. hikes welfare, disability rates, hires for ICBC, Hydro, BC Housing VICTORIA – British Columbia Premier John Horgan is making good on his campaign pledge to hike income assistance and disability rates by $100 a month.The policy takes effect Sept. 20 and will be the first time the welfare rate has increased in a decade.“Raising the rates is only the beginning,” Horgan said in a statement Thursday. “Our government is committed to bring forward a comprehensive poverty-reduction plan to lift children and families out of poverty.”The rate hike means a single person on income assistance will be eligible for up to $710 per month, while someone on disability support can receive up to $1,133.The increase will catapult B.C. from last to third place in the country when it comes to assistance rates, Horgan added.Stephen Portman of the Together Against Poverty Society said he welcomed news of the rate hike as “a breath of fresh air.”“While much more is needed to stem entrenched poverty and inequity at a systemic level, this change is an important signal that poverty reduction is a priority,” he said in a statement.Portman called for further changes, such as improved medical and dental benefits, to help ease the burden on some of B.C.’s most vulnerable.The previous Liberal government froze income assistance for 10 years, but made a U-turn in last month’s throne speech by promising a $100 jump in monthly rates, adopting a key promise from the NDP’s election platform.The revamped throne speech failed to garner enough support to keep the Liberals in power.The NDP were sworn into government this week holding a minority of seats in the legislature but supported by the Green party’s three elected members, who hold the balance of power in the wake of the May 9 election. It’s the first time the NDP have been in power in B.C. since 2001.Horgan also moved quickly to put a New Democratic Party stamp on the province’s Crown corporations and government organizations by announcing four high-profile appointments.Joy MacPhail, who is the former NDP finance minister, deputy premier and health minister, is the new chair of the Insurance Corp. of B.C., while one of its director’s seats will be filled by Cathy McLay, chief financial officer and executive vice-president of TransLink.Kenneth Peterson, former chief executive officer of BC Hydro subsidiary Powerex Corp., is the new chairman of BC Hydro, replacing Brad Bennett, who was a key player in former premier Christy Clark’s re-election campaign.Cassie Doyle, a deputy minister with both the federal and provincial governments, is the new chair of the BC Housing Management Commission, which develops, manages and administers subsidized housing in the province.Horgan said the appointees were chosen for their proven ability to deliver effective leadership that would benefit the public.“Each of them will face significant challenges because of the choices made by the previous government,” Horgan said in a statement.The Liberals were not immediately available to comment.Former NDP premier Mike Harcourt approved of Horgan’s choices, describing Ken Peterson as “hugely experienced” and Joy MacPhail as a tough-minded and effective minister.Horgan worked under Harcourt in the early 1990s, the first time the B.C. New Democrats formed government after 16 years as Opposition. Harcourt described Horgan as one of his “key troubleshooters,” and said the key to staying focused and not disappointing supporters is to set priorities.“There are unlimited demands for limited funds,” he said.“You budget. You say you’ve got so much money and you set priorities you say we’ll not get everything done at once but over one or two terms.”— By Geordon Omand in Vancouver by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 20, 2017 2:52 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 20, 2017 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

2 10 19

The initial target was to walk the equivalent of a trip across Canada, but the end result covered more than four times that.The Great Canadian Challenge was an initiative launched by Brock Health Management and Wellness in the spring to have University employees track their distance walking, running or cycling through the months of May and June.“Our goal was to cross Canada for a total distance of 6,521 km and I thought it would be a bonus if we could make it back again for a total of 13,042 km,” said Kathryn Walker, Manager Health Management and Wellness.But when the results were tallied, around 80 employees who signed up for the challenge recorded a total of 25,499.32 km.A draw was held for everyone who entered the challenge and Sharon Janzen from the Map Library was the winner of a $20 Campus Store gift card. read more

24 09 19

first_imgBHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) has been on the lookout for a safer way of changing tyres at its Saraji coal mine in Queensland, Australia, and it thinks it has found a solution in the form of Hedweld’s Trilift® TH15000 Workshop Tyre Handler.Across the mining industry, there have been many incidents, injuries and even fatalities when people handle heavy vehicle earth moving tyres, BMA says.With tyre assemblies weighing up to 15 t, the team at BMA’s Saraji mine looked at ways to reduce the potential exposure and risk to tyre fitters when working in and around tyres.Jarrod Layton, Superintendent Mods & Ops Projects in the Saraji Engineering team, said prior to a recent tyre replacement, a commitment was made to the site leadership team to challenge the existing mind set around tyre handlers for heavy earth moving equipment.“A key part of this project was changing our way of thinking around tyre handling. We spent a lot of time engaging our teams and looking for opportunities to increase not only the safety and productivity of our processes, but also the culture that surrounds these types of activities,” Layton said.“The team investigated a range of options and consulted the market, where they found Hedweld’s TH 15000 Tyre Handler – a device which removes tyre fitters from the direct line of fire and safely secures the tyre in place during changes,” BMA said. “The device also features a jib arm to support the weight of the rattle gun that is required to remove the wheel nuts.”Using Bluetooth technology, the device is remote controlled to give the operator improved visibility when aligning the device with the tyre and removes the need for any manual handling of the product, according to BMA.“As the size of mining equipment grows, traditional methods for handling tyres become more hazardous and time consuming,” Layton said.“Traditionally, tyres are moved by equipment such as loaders and forklifts and requires at least two fitters to operate. These items however, have limitations due to their size, manoeuvrability and safety. A number of incidents occur within the mining industry every year involving tyre handling.”The device also allows all bays in the workshop to be better used, as well as reducing the number of people required for tyre handling. In turn, this allows for a higher availability of the wheeled tyre fleets, BMA says.Layton said: “While the safety and productivity benefits are clear, the cultural change has also been fantastic to see. The workforce can see that we’re investing in making their jobs safer and easier to do every day – they see that we’re willing to invest and try new equipment and train them in order to deliver safer results.”Hedweld said the Trilift TH15000 Workshop Tyre Handler has been designed to provide a maintenance tool for the safe removal and installation of tyres from a range of earthmoving and plant equipment. It has been developed to be used in a workshop environment and its compact design poses minimal impact on the normal operations of a mining workshop, according to the company.“This fully self-contained diesel/hydraulic powered, remote controlled unit will handle tyres and rims up to 15,000 kg. In addition the TH15000 can handle tyres ranging in size from 27.00 R49 to 59/80 R63,” Hedweld says.last_img read more

22 09 19

first_imgSinn Féin town councillor in Carrickmacross Matt Carthy, who was given a copy of the letter by the student, made representations to SUSI.I cannot believe that I had to write to SUSI to explain to them that €46,661 is in fact lower than €54,240.Carthy was quick to say that while the letter may appear to be a funny occurrence, it is no laughing matter.“On the face of it, the letter this student received is a funny mistake. However, that hides the fact that the students in this family; and the many others that are put through hoops due to administrative errors, are in great financial difficulty while they await payment of their grant. “Quite simply it is not good enough for any government agency to make mistakes of this nature,“While occurrences like this are rarer than they had been twelve months ago the truth is that they shouldn’t be happening at all.”SUSI had not responded to a request for comment.Read: Students were “put through the mill” by SUSIRead: 59,000 new grant applications received by SUSI ahead of deadline THE BODY WHICH awards grants to students rejected a claim from a student, despite the application being well below the income threshold.SUSI sent the unnamed student a letter this week saying that their application had been denied because the family income was over the €54,240 threshold. That is despite saying that the income is €46,661, some €7,629 below the threshold.The letter, which is signed by a manager at the awarding body, which has already endured a torrid time with awarding grants since being established last year.last_img read more

22 09 19

first_imgSKY ARTS HAS announced that it will invest €230,000 in the arts in Ireland with the next Sky Arts Ignition application.The winning applicant will receive the funding to fund a new project, to be co-developed between the two organisations and any contributing artists.In a statement this evening, Sky Arts said it would also provide marketing and new media support  to the winning organisation to bring the project to the widest possible audience.This will be the third project in the Sky Arts Ignition series, and will be open exclusively to Irish arts organisations this round.“It’s a fantastic way for us to help support Ireland’s cultural vibrancy,” said James Hunt, Director of Sky Arts. “We’ve been fortunate enough to work with some wonderful UK institutions as part of Sky Arts Ignition. I’m excited to see what new partnership we can forge in Ireland to deliver a thrilling new project.”Applications will be accepted from today via the Sky Arts Ignition series website, www.sky.com/skyartsignition, where full guidelines for entries can also be found.  The deadline for applications is 2 April 2013.last_img read more

14 09 19

first_imgVice Mayor Tim Navarre moved to have the resolution amended to have each council member’s name and signature attached to the approved resolution. The amendment passed. The Kenai Peninsula Borough is one of three municipalities in the state granted intervenor status on the project, the other two being Valdez and the Mat-Su Borough. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享At their meeting on Wednesday the Kenai City Council unanimously approved a resolution supporting Nikiski as the prefered site for the proposed LNG plant and marine terminal. The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation, the state-led project team, selected Nikiski as the prefered site for the LNG facility, and stated to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commision “multiple reasons why it believes Port Mackenzie is not a viable option.” Kenai Mayor Brian Gabriel sponsored the resolution: “I brought this forward to align with the similar resolution that the borough assembly passed. FERC will be making a decision in February, so I think it’s important that we make the point that we do support this in our community.” Councilmember Bob Molloy: “Nikiski being the location of the project was decided some time ago. This supports the project being in Nikiski, which I believe is good for the community.”  FERC is scheduled to release its draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the project in February of 2019. The draft EIS will include the site location for the project.last_img read more

2 09 19

first_img Share Updated at 7 p.m. ETWhite House chief of staff John Kelly — a retired Marine general whose own son died in Afghanistan — appeared at the White House press briefing on Thursday, attempting to quell the controversy around a phone call President Trump made to a grieving military widow.Kelly defended Trump’s call to Myeshia Johnson, whose husband was killed along with three other U.S. soldiers in Niger on Oct. 4, and pushed back on criticism that has grown over the course of the week — beginning with a question about why Trump had not responded to the deaths sooner.Trump called Johnson, the wife of Sgt. La David Johnson, on Tuesday. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., was traveling with Johnson at the time and heard the call over speakerphone. In multiple interviews, Wilson criticized the president for telling Johnson that her husband “must have known what he signed up for.”The fallen soldier’s mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, also told the Washington Post, “President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband” with comments they perceived as insensitive.Trump called Wilson’s account of the phone call “totally fabricated.”In the briefing room on Thursday, Kelly did not directly challenge what was said on the phone call, which he was in the room for. He instead took umbrage at Wilson’s decision to publicly share the details and criticize the president.“I just thought the selfless devotion that brings a man or woman to die on the battlefield, I just thought that that might be sacred,” Kelly said. “And when I listened to this woman and what she was saying and what she was doing on TV, the only thing I could do to collect my thoughts was to go and walk among the finest men and women” at Arlington Cemetery.Kelly said that Trump, in talking with Johnson’s widow, “in his way tried to express that opinion that he’s a brave man, a fallen hero.”“He knew what he was getting himself into, because he enlisted,” Kelly said, explaining Trump’s remarks. “There’s no reason to enlist. He enlisted. And he was where he wanted to be, exactly where he wanted to be, with exactly the people he wanted to be with when his life was taken. That was the message. That was the message that was transmitted.”Kelly himself is all too familiar with the somber process that happens when a soldier is lost in battle — both as a commanding officer and as a father. His son Robert, a Marine posthumously promoted to 1st lieutenant, died in Afghanistan in 2010 after stepping on a land mine. Kelly began his remarks by noting that “most Americans don’t know what happens when we lose [ a member of the military] in combat. So let me tell you what happens.”Kelly detailed how a soldier is flown back to the U.S. after being killed and how the families are notified by a casualty officer.“Typically the only phone calls the family receives are the most important phone calls they can imagine, and that is from their buddies. In my case, hours after my son was killed, his friends were calling us from Afghanistan, telling us what a great guy he was. Those are the only phone calls that really matter,” Kelly said. “And yeah, the letters count to a degree, but there’s not much that really can take the edge off what a family member’s going through.”The chief of staff added, “So some presidents have elected to call; all presidents, I believe, have elected to send letters. If you elect to call a family like this, it is about the most difficult thing you could imagine.”Trump first raised the issue of how past presidents have reached out to console military families at a Rose Garden press conference on Monday. When asked by a reporter why he hadn’t commented about the four soldiers who had been ambushed in Niger, Trump said he had written letters but then went on to falsely claim that, “If you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls. A lot of them didn’t make calls.”Both former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush did call and write letters to families, a fact Kelly acknowledged. Kelly said that Obama did not call him when his son was killed — something Kelly underscored wasn’t a criticism. Trump had mentioned in an interview with Fox News Radio on Tuesday that Obama had not called Kelly.“I don’t believe President Bush called in all cases,” Kelly said. “I don’t believe any president, particularly when the casualty rates are very, very, high, that presidents call. But I believe they all write.”Kelly even said he had counseled Trump not to call the military families while in office because “there’s no perfect way to make that phone call” and because “it’s not the phone call that parents, family members, are looking forward to.”“If you’re not in the family, if you’ve never worn the uniform, if you’ve never been in combat, you can’t even imagine how to make that call,” Kelly said. “I think [Trump] very bravely does make those calls. The call in question that he made … were to four family members, the four fallen.”Kelly then said he told Trump what his friend Gen. Joseph Dunford, now the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told him when notifying Kelly that his son had been killed in action.“[Dunford] said, ‘Kell, He was doing exactly what he wanted to do when he was killed. He knew what he was getting into by joining, that 1 percent. He knew what the possibilities were because we’re at war. And when he died’ — in the four cases we’re talking about Niger, in my son’s case in Afghanistan – ‘when he died he was surrounded by the best men on this earth, his friends,’ ” Kelly explained. “That’s what the president tried to say to four families the other day.”Kelly also bemoaned the politicization of many things that he said used to be off-limits.“You know, when I was a kid growing up, a lot of things were sacred in our country,” he said. “Women were sacred, looked upon with great honor. That’s obviously not the case anymore, as we see from recent cases. Life, the dignity of life, was sacred. That’s gone. Religion, that seems to be gone as well. Gold Star families, I think that left in the convention over the summer.”Kelly appeared to be alluding to the sexual assault scandal around Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Trump was accused of sexual assault and harassment by many women during the campaign, which he has denied, and was also caught on tape using vulgar language about groping and kissing women.Gold Star father Khizr Khan criticized then-GOP presidential nominee Trump at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. In response, Trump questioned why Khan’s wife, who stood next to him, did not also address the convention. “Maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say, you tell me,” Trump said in an interview.Khan, in an interview recorded before Kelly’s briefing, said that “every word” was wrong with Trump’s remarks to Johnson’s widow.“He does not have the capacity to understand what it takes to serve this nation in harm’s way,” Khan said of the president, who had multiple deferments from the Vietnam draft. “These men and women went — he, by default, he is their commander in chief, these are his sons and daughters. How dare he disrespect, how dare he utters a word of disrespect, indignity. There should be empathy, there should be support, there should be dignity of not only their sacrifice, but their family’s sacrifice.”Kelly did take a few questions from reporters, but he specified he would call on ones who were a Gold Star parent or sibling or who knew a Gold Star family.The chief of staff was pressed on the investigation into the Niger attacks, which he said was ongoing. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said earlier on Thursday that the military was still gathering information about the Oct. 4 shooting that killed the four soldiers and wounded two others.“We, in the Department of Defense, like to know what we are talking about before we talk and so we do not have all the accurate information yet,” Mattis said. “We will release it as rapidly as we get it.”The defense secretary did offer some details on how French forces intervened after the Americans came under fire.“The French response included armed fighter aircraft, armed helicopter gunships, a medevac [helicopter] that lifted out our wounded,” Mattis told reporters.About a dozen Americans had just finished meeting with villagers in a remote part of Niger when they were ambushed by a much larger force. The Americans are in Niger to train and assist the military but are not part of a combat mission.NPR national security correspondent Greg Myre contributed to this report. last_img read more

1 09 19

first_imgIt may turn out that the biggest announcement Sony made over the past couple of years was not the PS4. Instead, it was the announcement of PlayStation Now at CES 2014, a game-streaming service that would have a games library as up-to-date as the PS3, and only require a controller — not a console — to play on smartphones, tablets, game consoles, and even certain TVs.The service is a way to get a type of backwards compatibility onto modern-day machines, but also a way to get video games into the households of people that don’t purchase consoles. Though we know the structure of the service, Sony has only just revealed how it actually works: with completely reinvented PlayStation 3 consoles.Reports suggest that the new hardware consists of eight PlayStation 3 consoles shrunk down and stuffed onto a single motherboard, kept inside a single rack server. Originally, Sony attempted to stuff regular PS3 consoles into data centers; however, that not only took up too much space, but  created power efficiency problems.By creating a new, single motherboard that is the equivalent of eight PS3s, Sony solved both issues. Furthermore, Sony was able to include procedures — which were unfortunately not revealed — that would lessen what may end up being PlayStation Now’s downfall: latency.Sony has not divulged most specifics regarding the new hardware — other than that eight-PS3-per-motherboard equivalency. The company cites a 5Mbps minimum required speed in order to enjoy the streaming service, but owners of another streaming box with a minimum required speed — the cable-streamer Slingbox — would quickly point out that those minimum speeds are never ideal. In order for the Slingbox to work, users must have a minimum speed of 3Mbps. The device does “work,” but at a speed that low, it’ll feel like you’re watching a program without your glasses and also a little drunk.However, a company as savvy and big as Sony would not be launching the service if it didn’t truly believe it was onto something — so there’s a real possibility that Sony could tackle the latency problem this generation, and thus make PlayStation Now a completely viable way to play games. According to the launch timeline slide above, we won’t have to wait very long to find out.last_img read more

19 08 19

first_imgRelated posts:Brazil’s ban on WhatsApp is lifted less than 24 hours after it began Rousseff’s horror movie may only get worse in 2nd half The professor at the heart of Brazil’s market meltdown Brazilian police detain Facebook executive on court order SAO PAULO,Brazil — Millions of Brazilians woke up shocked and cranky Thursday after the popular WhatsApp smartphone messaging application was shut down for two days on a judge’s order.The service is wildly popular in Brazil because it is free, and millions in South America’s largest country are poor.The measure, which is to last until midnight Friday, was roundly denounced by parent company Facebook. It was ordered by a judge after WhatsApp failed to disclose information requested by prosecutors as part of a criminal investigation.Authorities say they cannot disclose details of that probe because it is an ongoing case.WhatsApp is causing headaches for Brazil‘s telecoms companies because it offers a free alternative to the country’s high cell phone rates, especially for youths and the poor.Brazilian service providers received the judge’s order and have no choice but to comply with it, Eduardo Levy, chairman of Brazil‘s association of cellphone service providers, told the G1 website Thursday morning.But at least one of the four major providers has appealed the order, arguing that the suspension affected millions of people out of the blue.“This hurts consumers, and overnight it affected millions of users. There was not even time to issue a statement to customers. They are going to think the problem is with their service provider,” Levy said.The chairman of the state-run National Telecommunications Agency, Joao Rezende, also criticized the suspension, calling it disproportionate.Twitter lit up with messages about the WhatsApp shutdown.Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said “we are working hard to get this block reversed.”“This is a sad day for Brazil,” he said, noting the country’s history of support for an open Internet. “I am stunned that our efforts to protect people’s data would result in such an extreme decision by a single judge to punish every person in Brazil who uses WhatsApp.”He urged the court to “quickly reverse course” and asked Brazilians to echo that call.Zuckerberg also recommended that users turn to Facebook Messenger in the meantime.A São Paulo state court said WhatsApp had been asked several times to cooperate in the criminal investigation, but had repeatedly failed to comply.Instant messaging service Telegram, backed by Russian entrepreneur Pavel Durov, said it had registered some 1.5 million new users in several hours due to the blockage.“1,500,000 and counting, SMS-Gateways overloading. Hang on, your codes are coming! We’ve got all hands on deck to accommodate the crazy load,” it said on Twitter. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

19 08 19

first_imgJuan Santamaría International Airport on Friday inaugurated a $23.5 million expansion featuring four additional gates, a restaurant, a VIP lounge and a pet playground.President Carlos Alvarado attended the ceremony and expressed his commitment to revitalizing the economy in part through projects that attract new airlines and more tourists to Costa Rica.“This airport — which represents the main port of entry and exit of the country — is receiving a total investment of more than $96 million for its modernization and expansion,” Alvarado said, according to a press release from Casa Presidencial.The new building is nicknamed “Victor Block” (Block V) and has two jet-bridge gates and room for two remote gates. Map of SJO’s international terminal, with the latest expansion visible on the far right. (Via Aeris.)Of the $23.5 million investment, $22.5 million was supplied by Aeris Holding, the airport’s operator, while the remaining amount was contributed by the country’s Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC).Juan Santamaría International Airport (IATA code: SJO) handles six of every 10 international tourists who arrive in Costa Rica, according to Minister of Tourism María Amalia Revelo. In 2018, the airport saw a 5.9-percent increase in arriving passengers over 2017, according to Amalia.The expansions come despite Costa Rica’s intention to construct a new international airport in Orotina by 2027. However, Alvarado’s administration has put that plan on pause, according to the daily La Nación, as it focuses on more urgent projects.This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica to improve bad weather safety procedures at San José airport Juan Santamaría International Airport now offers discounted long-term parking Costa Rica airport restricts liquids in carry-ons Guanacaste airport expansion set to begin in Januarylast_img read more

19 08 19

first_imgRelated posts:Slothy Sundays: Keeping an eye out Slothy Sunday: The death grip Slothy Sunday: A lazy, sunny afternoon Slothy Sunday: A baby sloth is born Sloths aren’t known for moving fast, but their metabolism is also pretty slow.It can take a sloth up to 30 days to digest one leaf. In order to avoid accidentally poisoning themselves, sloths never eat too many leaves from one tree.This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5% Club. If only 5 percent of our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgOn Sunday, Chavez used an appearance at a military graduation ceremony to accuse Capriles of seeking to foment violence by trying to made inroads in poor neighborhoods, which have long been bastions of support for the leftist president.The Capriles camp accused Chavez, a former paratrooper, of seeking to politicize the armed forces.“The current government wants to confuse political rights with party activities, showing disrespect for soldiers and their families,” Capriles said in a speech broadcast by private television channels Thursday night. “The cult of personality they try to establish in our armed forces makes it lose its bearing, that’s not the mission of a commander in chief.”Chavez, who led bloody but failed 1992 coup attempt, insisted during a news conference on Monday that soldiers “will be the first ones to support the will of the majority, whatever it is.”During the election, soldiers are responsible for keeping order and safeguarding voting equipment and voter rolls. And because the election is expected to be hotly contested, there are fears that tensions could boil over into violence.“Never before in Venezuela’s history is their role going to be so decisive in maintaining calm inside polling stations,” Rocio San Miguel, leader of the independent watchdog Control Ciudadano, said of the nation’s troops. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family ErrorOK ErrorOK Comments   Share   Opposition concerns of potential armed forces meddling in politics were spurred by a close Chavez confidant, Gen. Henry Rangel Silva, who told a newspaper in 2010 that the military would refuse to recognize an election victory by the opposition.“A hypothetical opposition government starting in 2012 would be selling out the country; the armed forces are not going to accept that,” Rangel was quoted as saying at the time by the newspaper Ultimas Noticias.Chavez defended Rangel, who was then a member of the joint chiefs of staff, and later appointed him defense minister.Several senior military officials, including Rangel, have been accused by the United States of assisting drug traffickers and supplying arms to Colombia’s leftist rebels, who also have taken refuge in Venezuelan territory.Chavez rejects the accusations.Capriles said that if he wins election, he will prevent Colombian rebels from seeking refuge in Venezuela.He also made an indirect reference to accusations that some members of the military have been corrupted by criminal organizations.“We cannot permit drug-trafficking, guerrillas and paramilitary groups to infiltrate and use our institutions,” he said. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Venezuela is the departure point for aerial cocaine smuggling to the United States, according to U.S. officials.(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 The vital role family plays in society Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Associated PressCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles urged Venezuela’s armed forces to stay out of politics in a carefully crafted plea Thursday to an institution that has long been molded by President Hugo Chavez.During 13 years in office, Chavez has endeavored to place his political stamp on the military command, promoting trusted officers and also giving former barracks comrades key political posts. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

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first_img by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 17, 2017 1:38 pm PDT Last Updated Dec 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Organizers pleased with response to Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations MONTREAL – Officials are expressing satisfaction with celebrations held to mark Montreal’s 375th anniversary, despite the controversial multi-million dollar cost of lighting up a major Montreal bridge.Alain Gignac, who is in charge of the celebrations, maintains the level of participation in year-long events by Montrealers hasn’t been seen since Expo 67.“It was a time when Canadians, and particularly Montrealers, were the most proud to be part of Montreal, Canada and Quebec,” he recalled in a recent interview.Gignac also noted that the level of satisfaction of people who took part in various activities reached 96 per cent.He called that “magic” considering over 200 different activities were held throughout the year.One of the highlights of the anniversary celebrations was the lighting of the Jacques-Cartier bridge.Gignac says the event drew about 575,000 people. But the official lighting ceremony had to be held twice.The first time it was disrupted by protesting Montreal police officers.It cost almost $40 million to illuminate the bridge that links Montreal with its south shore.The federal agency that runs the bridge kicked in $30 million while $9.5 million came from the other levels of government.At the time, former mayor Denis Coderre defended what he called the city’s new signature, adding that it showed Montreal is a great Metropolis.Preliminary estimates indicate the 375th anniversary festivities will end with a budget surplus of about $7 million out of a total budget of $125 million.A more exhaustive review of the turnout and the economic benefits from all activities will be released next March.The year-long celebrations come to an end Dec. 31 with events planned throughout the day and into the night in Old Montreal.last_img read more

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first_imgCyprus and the UK signed an agreement on Friday for the sale of coastal land at Zygi belonging to the former colonial ruler for €8.6 million.The 350,000-square metre area had been retained by Britain following the island’s independence in 1960 to host short-wave transmitters for the British East Mediterranean Relay Station.The land will be used by the republic as part of its plans to create an energy centre in the area. The planned facilities include a port.The deal was signed by Transport Minister Marios Demetriades and Gareth Wilmot, representing the British ministry of defence.“I believe this day is important because it shows that as a country we have strategic planning as regards port infrastructure,” the minister said afterwards.The port will serve industrial and energy needs. It will cost an estimated €130m, around €160m including landscaping and road works.The agreement, according to Demetriades, ‘shows co-operation between the two countries and through this we can achieve many positive results’.Following the island’s independence, Britain retained two large areas in Limassol and Larnaca, which host military bases, as well as several other locations including Troodos, where it has radar installations, and Ayios Nicolaos in Famagusta, where there is a listening post.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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