Supreme Court ruling corks BC vintners hopes for free trade of Canadian

first_imgVANCOUVER – The Supreme Court of Canada ruling upholding interprovincial trade laws may have other implications for trade, including for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, says a lawyer who represented some British Columbia wineries at the trial.Shea Coulson said the unanimous decision issued Thursday in Ottawa is “going to shape our federation in many ways that we don’t yet know.”The ruling upholds Section 121 of the Constitution Act, 1867 which says anything grown or produced in one province should be “admitted free” into any other province.The decision restores a $240 fine and fees issued to New Brunswick resident Gerard Comeau under that province’s Liquor Control Act for being in possession of a large amount of alcohol he bought outside the province and was trying to bring home.In confirming the penalty, the Supreme Court supports provincial legislation that Coulson said has a higher purpose of controlling liquor supplies and protecting health and safety.He said it is important to distinguish between the finding against Comeau and the court’s comments about the constitution in general.The decision is “progressive” Coulson said, because its wording liberalizes safeguards “against the kind of protectionist behaviour that we have been seeing lately in B.C. and Alberta in their (pipeline) disputes.”Coulson said the high court has created a test that will help determine if a province is creating a trade barrier that is a tariff or similar to one.“If the primary purpose of the law is to create a trade barrier, or to punish another province or to protect a local industry, then that would not be permissible,” he said of his interpretation of the ruling.“I think Trans Mountain was in their mind because at paragraph 111 of the judgment … they explicitly say that punishing another province is probably not okay,” he said, adding he has never seen such wording in previous decisions.Attorney General David Eby said he read the ruling with interest for the way it might affect not only B.C. wine producers, but also the province’s pipeline dispute with Alberta.“It just confirms our analysis of their bill as being completely unlawful and unconstitutional,” Eby said, of Alberta’s proposed legislation that would allow its government to limit the flow of fuel leaving its province.“The court specifically noted that provinces are not allowed to impose tariffs, or rules like tariffs, to punish other provinces. That’s exactly what we’ve been saying in response to Alberta’s proposed legislation, that it is unconstitutional, that they are not allowed to use their oil resources to punish other provinces.”But the Supreme Court of Canada’s examination of Section 121 appeared to shy away from venturing into federal jurisdiction such as pipeline regulations.“While this Court has in previous decisions proceeded on the basis that federal laws may engage (Section) 121 …, no federal law is properly at issue in the present appeal and so the question need not be resolved here,” the judgment said.The court said the application of Section 121 may be different according to whether it is provincial or federal legislation that is involved “because what may amount to a tariff or customs duty under a provincial regulatory statute may not have that character at all under a federal regulatory statute.”Coulson said he believes the decision has positive implications for the five B.C. wineries he represented in the court.He said it aims to limit a province from offering more favourable treatment to local businesses at the expense of any outside its boundaries. As an example, he pointed to Ontario’s refusal to allow B.C. wineries to sell directly to Ontario consumers, while Ontario vintners don’t face the same limits.“The judgment explicitly says protecting your local industry can be a strong indicator that you are creating a trade barrier that is impermissible,” said Coulson.However, the president and chief executive officer of the British Columbia Wine Institute, which represents all B.C. wineries, called the decision a disappointment.Miles Prodan said the institute had hoped the high court would instead clear the way for B.C. wineries to begin shipping their products directly to consumers in other provinces.“We are going to have to continue to work with the provinces and the federal government to come up with a solution. We can’t rely on the court to impose that,” said Prodan, in an interview Thursday from Kelowna, B.C.Coulson questioned the institute’s expectation of a court-imposed resolution to interprovincial trade difficulties, saying the justices could not make significant policy decisions on matters that should be resolved by politicians.John Nater, Conservative Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Interprovincial Trade and the Sharing Economy, echoed the call for a political response.“Given the Supreme Court’s decision, it is now more important than ever for Prime Minister Trudeau to renegotiate the Liberals’ inadequate Canadian Free Trade Agreement,” Nater said in a news release.last_img read more

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MR says Lalith and Anusha followed instructions given by him

He also said that the mode of distribution did not enable the beneficiaries to be selected on political grounds. (Colombo Gazette) They have each been sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment, a fine of Rs. two million and either the payment of Rs 50 million in compensation to the TRC or a further two years of rigorous imprisonment. Rajapaksa says he had given instructions that sil redi be distributed to devotees observing sil on Poya days long before the declaration of the presidential election.“The purpose of the President’s Special Development Fund which had an annual budget of Rs. 1,000 million and was started in 2012, was to fill the gaps left by other ministries and to meet requests made directly to the President. The Coordinating Secretary for Religious Affairs of the Presidential Secretariat Ven. Watinapaha Somananda Thera was in charge of implementing the sil redi project. At the latter’s request, the Economic Affairs Ministry carried out a survey through Samurdhi Niladharis to identify the requirements of sil redi at temples countrywide. The suppliers were instructed to hand over the sil redi to a main temple in each Divisional Secretariat area from where they would be distributed to other temples. This was a project implemented countrywide, involving 11,021 temples. This was aid supplied to the temples, not to voters. No time frame was imposed on the temples to carry out the distribution. They could have been distributed either immediately or even a year later at the discretion of the Chief Incumbent of the temple,” Rajapaksa said. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today asserted that former Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga and the former Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) Anusha Pelpita had followed instructions given to them.The former Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga and the former Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) Anusha Pelpita were declared guilty by the High Court under Section 386 of the Penal Code of ‘dishonestly misappropriating’ a sum of Rs. 600 million belonging to the TRC by remitting the said sum to a bank account of the Presidential Secretariat to be used for the purpose of distributing sil redi during the last Presidential elections. “To say that this conviction and sentence has shocked the country would be an understatement. The judgement itself states that neither Lalith Weeratunga nor Anusha Pelpita had appropriated for their personal use any of the money used to purchase sil redi. From my point of view, they only carried out legitimate instructions issued to them by the President of the country. The verbal instructions given by me in this regard have been recorded in the form of minutes placed by Mr Weeratunga on correspondence with officials of the Presidential Secretariat. On 20 March 2014, Mr Weeratunga wrote a minute to the Senior Assistant Secretary of the Presidential Secretariat outlining eight projects that I had ordered funded through the President’s Special Development Fund during the year 2014. The sixth item on this list was providing ‘material aid’ to the devotees observing sil at temples on Poya days,” he said. read more

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Haiti Security Council deplores oppositions rejection of peacemaking plans

In a press statement read by Council President Ambassador Wang Guangya of China, both the Aristide Government and the opposition were called on to accept and implement the provisions of the Plan of Action of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Organization of American States (OAS).”Implementation of the plan offers the best opportunity to restore confidence and dialogue and for Haitians to resolve differences peacefully, democratically and constitutionally,” the President said.Council members also called on the Government and the armed rebels to respect human rights and stop using violence to advance political goals.”Those responsible for human rights violations should be held accountable,” Mr. Wang said.Calling attention to the “serious humanitarian situation in Haiti,” Council members called on all sides to facilitate the distribution of food and medicine and to respect UN personnel involved in the delivery of relief aid. The presidential statement came after Under-Secretary-General Kieran Prendergast briefed the Council in a closed-door session.According to the text of his remarks, released to the press, Mr. Prendergast noted that President Aristide had accepted in principle the CARICOM-OAS plan, which also had the endorsement of France. “President Aristide did so on condition that he would serve out his current term in office, which concludes in 2006,” he observed.The UN continues to support CARICOM and the OAS and was “encouraged by the interest and diplomatic initiatives of important Member States,” Mr. Prendergast said.Recalling past UN bids to assist Haiti, however, he said, “We all need to recognize that the help we have tried to give has not had the desired effect.””The events of February have shown us that Haiti requires a long-term, sustained and broad engagement by the international community,” he added.At the same time, Mr. Prendergast acknowledged that “there are limitations to what the assistance of the international community can accomplish.” “Fundamentally, it is the Haitian people who must chart a path out of the current impasse and Haitians who must learn to conduct their affairs in a fundamentally different way,” he said. “Stability, prosperity and good governance require them to show an ability to compromise and share power.” read more

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WellPoints 1st quarter profit drops nearly 8 per cent health insurer raises

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WellPoint’s 1st quarter profit drops nearly 8 per cent; health insurer raises 2012 forecast INDIANAPOLIS – WellPoint Inc. said Wednesday that its first-quarter profit fell nearly 8 per cent as enrolment slipped and expenses rose, but the health insurer raised its earnings forecast for 2012.The Indianapolis company reported net income of $856.5 million, or $2.53 per share, for the three months ended March 31, down from $926.6 million, or $2.44 per share, a year earlier.Excluding investment gains, WellPoint earned $2.34 per share in this year’s first quarter.Operating revenue climbed 3.4 per cent to $15.15 billion from $14.65 billion a year ago.Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected, on average, earnings of $2.27 per share on $15.41 billion in revenue.WellPoint is the second-largest health insurer after UnitedHealth Group Inc. It runs Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in 14 states, including California, New York and Ohio.Total medical membership fell nearly 2 per cent to 33.7 million people compared to the end of last year, as the insurer lost enrolment in plans that provide health insurance to employees of small businesses and large, national accounts.But WellPoint also gained 165,000 people in its Medicare Advantage business as it integrated CareMore Health Group, a Medicare Advantage plan provider acquired last year.Medicare Advantage plans are privately run versions of the government’s Medicare program. Subsidized by the government, the plans offer basic Medicare coverage topped with extras like vision or dental coverage or premiums lower than standard Medicare rates. WellPoint has said growth in its Medicare Advantage business plus a push to become more efficient will help it this year.WellPoint also saw its benefit expense, or what it pays in medical claims, climbed 4.8 per cent to $11.77 billion in the quarter. The insurer said increases in the price for care continue to be the biggest force behind medical cost trends.UnitedHealth also said last week that price increases were the biggest factor behind its rise in medical costs.WellPoint now expects 2012 adjusted earnings of at least $7.65 per share, up from a previous forecast for at least $7.60 per share. But that is still below analysts’ estimates for earnings of $7.72 per share.WellPoint’s stock sank in January after the insurer reported a fourth-quarter performance that missed analyst expectations, as net income dropped 39 per cent. That was mostly due to a $50-million hit from the company’s Medicare Advantage business.In this year’s first quarter, the insurer did not beat expectations or raise its earnings forecast by huge margins, Citi analyst Carl McDonald said in a research note. But he added that his “sense heading into the quarter was that WellPoint just needed to not miss (expectations) in order to get a positive reaction.”Wellpoint shares rose 29 cents to $71.05 in premarket trading on Wednesday. by News Staff Posted Apr 25, 2012 9:09 am MDT read more

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Study Obamacare repealonly would make 30M uninsured

State-by-state increase in the percentage of uninsured. Study: ‘Obamacare’ repeal-only would make 30M uninsured by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Press Posted Dec 7, 2016 6:28 am MDT Last Updated Dec 7, 2016 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Repealing President Barack Obama’s health care law without a replacement risks making nearly 30 million people uninsured, according to a study released Wednesday.Separately, a professional group representing benefit advisers warned congressional leaders of the risk of “significant market disruption” that could cause millions of Americans to lose their health insurance.Republicans dismiss such dire scenarios, saying that they are working on replacement legislation for a President Donald Trump to sign. Nonetheless, the complex two-stage strategy the GOP Congress is contemplating has raised concerns not only among supporters of the law, but also industries like hospitals and insurers.The plan is for Congress to first use a special budget-related procedure to repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, next year. The effective date of that repeal would be delayed by months or even years to give lawmakers time to write replacement legislation.The replacement law would presumably do many of the same things that “Obamacare” does, such as subsidizing coverage and protecting people with health problems. But it would not involve as much federal regulation, and it would eliminate a highly unpopular requirement that most Americans get health insurance or face fines.The new study from the nonpartisan Urban Institute looks at a scenario where “repeal” goes through, but “replace” stalls. It predicts heavy collateral damage for people buying individual health insurance policies independent of government markets like HealthCare.gov. Though nonpartisan, the Urban Institute generally supports the goal of extending coverage to all Americans. Previously it has criticized some of the subsidies provided under Obama’s law as insufficient.The new analysis warns that repealing major parts of the health law without a clear replacement could upend the health insurance market for people buying their coverage directly, outside of the workplace. That group has grown substantially under the health care law, but also includes millions of other customers.The study found that 22.5 million people would lose coverage directly due to repeal of the law’s subsidies, Medicaid expansion, and its individual requirement to carry health insurance.Another 7.3 million would become uninsured because of the ripple effects of market upheavals. That could happen if insurers lose confidence in the Republican promise of a replacement and abandon the individual market. A key industry worry is that a repeal law would get rid of subsidies and mandates but still leave insurers on the hook for covering people with health problems.The number of uninsured people would rise to nearly 59 million in 2019, since the ACA did not completely eliminate the problem of people without coverage. As a result, the nation would have a higher uninsured rate than when the ACA passed in 2010, the study found.Federal and state governments would save billions, but the potential price would be social dislocation and a political backlash.“This scenario does not just move the country back to the situation before the ACA,” the study concluded. “It moves the country to a situation with higher uninsurance rates than was the case before the ACA’s reforms.The concerns raised by the Urban Institute study were underscored Wednesday in a letter to congressional leaders from the American Academy of Actuaries. The group represents professionals who advise corporations and government on how to design and maintain benefit programs like pension and health care plans.The actuaries said even if Congress delays the date of repeal, the uncertainty could prompt insurers to stop offering individual plans for people not covered by employers.“Delaying the effective date of repeal while a replacement is worked out likely won’t be enough to assure the stability and sustainability of the individual market,” wrote Shari Westerfield, the group’s vice-president for health care practice.Earlier, hospitals warned that they would suffer heavy financial losses if Congress repeals coverage for millions of new paying customers. Those would be magnified if lawmakers leave in place cuts that hospitals accepted as part of the deal to pass the Obama health law. Insurers are also uneasy, even if the ACA hasn’t turned out to be as profitable as expected.Republicans say they won’t allow chaos to happen.“We are not going to rip health care out of the hands of Americans,” House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, said in a recent interview with Associated Press reporters and editors. “Republicans are going to give Americans choices and an appropriate transition.” read more

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Home of television personality Joel Gansham invaded over 7M reportedly stolen

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGunmen invade home of elderly couple for the second timeOctober 5, 2018In “latest news”Corentyne home invaded by bandits, pensioners robbedMarch 23, 2018In “Crime”Elderly man beaten, shot to thigh as gunmen invade his Friendship homeDecember 18, 2017In “Crime” Joel GanshamThe home of popular television personality, Joel Gansham, which is located in Happy Acres on the East Coast of Demerara, was burglarised and the perpetrators escaped allegedly with over $7.5M in cash and jewellery.This publication understands that Gansham left home at about 20:00hrs on Saturday evening to attend a social function and upon his return home at 00:30hrs, he saw his dogs out of the yard. At that time, he thought that something was amiss.Gansham then opened his front access door and realised that the lights in his house were on although he recalled turning them off before leaving home.This prompted him to head straight to his bedroom and upon checking, the entire area was ransacked. A closer inspected unearthed the disappearance of more than $2.5M in cash and over $5M in jewellery.A visibly shaken Gansham told this publication that he immediately ran out of the house and raised an alarm. “I ran straight to my neighbours who has armed guards and found out if he saw or heard anything while relating what had occurred.”The neighbour, he added told him that he heard noises emanating from the back of the house but thought it was him. Nevertheless, he contacted the Police who arrived promptly and launched an investigation.“When the Police arrived, I went in with them and upon checking; all my diamond, ruby and other expensive rings, necklaces and chains are gone… All my brand name sunglasses and colognes are missing…” Gansham noted.In addition, Gansham noted that several high end phones were also stolen. The police have dusted the property for finger prints as they continue their investigations. No arrests have been made. read more

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Water quality on the up at Tecks Elkview coal operations

first_imgA new form of water treatment developed through Teck’s water quality research and development programme is proving successful in treating large volumes of water to remove selenium and nitrate, the company said recently.The saturated rockfill (SRF) facility at Teck’s Elkview coal operations, commissioned a year ago, is now achieving near-complete removal of selenium and nitrate in 10 million litres of mine-affected water per day.SRFs are a new form of water treatment with the potential to augment or replace traditional treatment technology, according to Teck. They are around one-sixth the capital cost and half the ongoing operating cost of traditional active water treatment technology, the company added.“The SRF is the result of our ongoing investment in leading-edge research and development to find new and better ways to protect water quality in the Elk Valley,” Robin Sheremeta, Senior Vice President, Coal, said. “Teck is committed to meeting the objectives of the Elk Valley Water Quality Plan, and breakthroughs like the SRF will help us do so as quickly and efficiently as possible.”The SRF uses naturally-occurring biological processes in water collected in former mining areas to treat and improve water quality. The Elkview SRF was constructed at a total cost of $41 million, and is now exceeding the 7.5 million litres/d capacity of Teck’s West Line Creek Active Water Treatment facility, the company said.Teck has recently been working on proving out the SRF results at Elkview with the idea of implementing the technology at other operations.last_img read more

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Selling an American Dream Australias Greek Cafe

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram ‘Selling an American Dream: Australia’s Greek Café’, will be supported by the Royal Australian Historical Society and the Australian Society for History, Engineering and Technology, is an opportunity to learn about Australia’s Greek cafés and milk bars as a significant global phenomenon in the modern era.Greek-run cafés and milk bars populated Australian country towns and cities, merging local fare with new American food-catering ideas. They subsequently contributed to a major change in not only eating habits, but cinema, music and architecture with the introduction of American sodas, ice cream sundaes, milkshakes, hamburgers, milk chocolate and hard sugar candies.The two researchers will bring together 30 years of research from travels over four continents, and selected from more than 1,800 interviews and innumerable contemporary and historical photographs. Cost of attendance is $10 per person. Fore more information, visit www.rahs.org.au/evnt/rahsashet-lecture-selling-an-american-dreamaustrali… or contact Leonard Janiszewski on 0448 876 626 or (02) 9850 6886/7437.When: Tuesday 8 December from 5.30 pm-7.00 pmWhere: History House, Royal Australian Historical Society, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSWlast_img read more

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Energies renouvelables la Californie durcit sa législation

first_imgEnergies renouvelables : la Californie durcit sa législationLa Californie entend devenir un exemple aux Etats-Unis en matière de déploiement des énergies vertes. Le gouverneur de l’Etat, Jerry Brown, vient de signer une loi qui contraint les entreprises de services publics californiens, à utiliser une énergie issue pour un tiers des sources renouvelables.Cette loi est la plus musclée jamais votée aux Etats-Unis quant au développement des énergies renouvelables. A l’horizon 2020, 33% de l’énergie utilisée par les entreprises de services publics de Californie devra provenir de sources renouvelables, rapporte le site cyberpresse. Jusqu’alors la loi californienne contraignait les entreprises de services publics à tirer 20% de leur énergie de sources moins polluantes.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Ce durcissement de la loi divise les Californiens. Les travailleurs du secteur des énergies vertes se réjouissent à l’instar des écologistes, de cette mesure qui permettra la création de nouveaux emplois tout en luttant contre le réchauffement climatique. Mais d’autres Californiens s’inquiètent du prix que leur coûtera cette nouvelle loi. D’après le parti républicain de l’Etat, la facture énergétique des Californiens gonflera de près de 20%, tandis que des études assurent que la mesure fera augmenter les coûts des services publics de plus de 7%.Promettant d’étudier ses possibles impacts économiques de la nouvelle norme, le gouverneur Jerry Brown affirme être certain d’une chose : “Être dépendants des énergies fossiles étrangères n’est pas bon pour notre économie, ce n’est pas bon pour notre sécurité, et ce n’est pas bon pour notre climat”. Et de conclure : “Nous devons être audacieux”.Le 13 avril 2011 à 19:25 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Asus Transformer Pad Infinity la tablette en tests à la FCC

first_imgAsus Transformer Pad Infinity : la tablette en tests à la FCCLa tablette 10 pouces Asus Transformer Pad Infinity Wi-Fi va passer les tests de la FCC. Son lancement au Etats-Unis ne devrait donc plus tarder.La tablette tactile Asus Transformer Pad Infinity est actuellement en test à la FCC (équivalent américain de l’Acerp). C’est la version Wi-Fi de ce terminal qui est en attente de certification, à la suite de laquelle elle pourra être vendue aux Etats-Unis. Cette tablette 10 pouces Wi-Fi devrait pouvoir afficher en résolution 1920 x 1200 pixels. Elle sera de plus équipée d’un chipset NVIDIA Tegra 3. La tablette offrira un appareil photo de 8 Mégapixels, une caméra frontale de 2 Mégapixels pour la visioconférence, une compatibilité Bluetooth 2.1, une sortie HDMI et un lecteur de carte SD.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Un clavier optionnel pour le terminal pourrait être commercialisé plus tard.  Ensuite, il est prévu que cette tablette soit présentée en version 4G. Mais pour l’heure ni la date de commercialisation, ni le prix de la tablette n’ont été dévoilés. Il va donc falloir encore patienter un peu… Le 24 mai 2012 à 10:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Atari Beta Testing the Speakerhat a Hat With Speakers

first_imgStay on target Micro Arcade Lets You Carry Frogger, Galaga, and Pac-Man in Your WalletAtari Explains What ‘RollerCoaster Tycoon’ On Blockchain Even Means If Atari’s goal was to confuse the hell out of everyone, then they are doing a brilliant job. The company recently unveiled the Ataribox without disclosing what the machine can actually do. Now, it has announced a beta test for the Speakerhat… a hat that has speakers in it. I assure you that this is not fake news.Like the Ataribox, we don’t know much about this Speakerhat. The Verge says the hat has built-in speakers, a microphone, and pairs over Bluetooth for playing music and receiving phone calls. The hat will eventually allow users to sync up with each other and listen to the same audio stream. It’s also rechargeable. That’s good to know because you certainly don’t want your hat running out of power. That’s a sentence I never thought I’d ever have to write, but I digress.Atari claims this is a hat for the future. I don’t know about that. In all honestly, this seems completely unnecessary. If you want to listen to music, you can always use a pair of headphones. You can even do so while not wearing a hat emblazoned with ATARI on it. Also, wouldn’t people be able to hear your conversations if you took a call with this thing? But I guess we have to give Atari points for trying something new.You can’t actually buy the Speakerhat at the moment. However, you can register for a chance to become a beta tester. Only ten people will have the honor of winning. Those who win will get the Speakerhat along with an Atari t-shirt and the Atari Flashback collection on PS4 or Xbox One. Registration closes on August 5. If you’re interested, make sure to register now before the deadline. If you manage to become one of the lucky winners, please hit me up on Twitter and let me know what this thing is like.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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We March firmly warned by PM Christie

first_img We March not going to PMs home Recommended for you One Dozen more events for We March Bahamas, raising $12,000 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 21, 2017 – Nassau – The Prime Minister believes the style of protesting planned by We March Bahamas will incite antagonistic confrontations involving his family and PLP party supporters.   There is word that in this latest planned protest by the group, which would be the third, there is intention to stop by the Prime Minister’s residence and his office.Mr. Christie is sending a warning to the group which plans to protest about the landfill, about the so called Spy Bill, calling for the General Elections to be held before May 7 and against plans to go ahead with Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival – that the protesters should exercise the “greatest care” in proceeding.Prime Minister, Perry Christie said the group ought not take things too far, calling the message it sends too divisive and too crazy.  Meanwhile the Carnival Bands are slamming the We March Bahamas movement for its demand for Government to postpone Junkanoo Carnival.Bahamas Carnival Band Owners Association leader, Dario Tirelli says the publicity is bringing attention to the event, but the negative press is affecting costume sales as regional attendees are calling and questioning whether the show is set to go on or not.Tirelli said Government has actually failed in the international promotion of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, which is in its third year and he invited We March Bahamas to a sit down to hear for themselves what the event is all about.We March has criticized the event for being less than Bahamian.  The third installment of the We March protest is set for Sunday April 2, 2017.#MagneticMediaNews#WeMarchBahamaswarnedbyPMChristie#WeMarchBahamas Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp We March takes a third trek Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #WeMarchBahamas, #WeMarchBahamaswarnedbyPMChristielast_img read more

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Two babies born at hospital during Irma

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:#Irma, #magneticmediannews, #TCIHospitals PDM Administration announces budget increase for primary health care, goal to reduce overseas medical bills Cancer cases up for Turks and Caicos, 47 new patients reports Hospitals TCI Hospitals Update: Trauma cases involving fatal shooting, illegal migrant collapsed, attempted suicide Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 11, 2017 – Providenciales – During the storm, two babies were born said the #TCIHospitals which issued an update Sunday on its facility in Provo and Grand Turk.   Cockburn Town Medical in the capital had roof damage, which has been temporarily repaired but both facilities stood strong during the Cat5 hurricane.Several surgeries were performed explained the hospitals and there were some emergencies.    Emergency operation mode remains in effect at both centers, which are using generator power, but Cheshire Hall in Provo will serve obstetrics patients and surgical patients with appointments.The hospitals will try to reach those individuals, but with telecommunications so gravely affected by #Irma, it is recommended that patients visit either in Provo or Grand Turk.  At the Provo hospital, Dialysis immediately resumed, Oncology is on hold and the National Blood Bank is in need of blood; donors can come today from  10am.#MagneticMedianNewslast_img read more

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Watching the waters of the rivers mouth

first_imgo The closer to shore you get, the tougher it is to use optical technology to analyze ocean water. In the open ocean, you have water and single-celled plants. Coastal waters include suspended sediment that comes from rivers or has been churned up from the ocean bottom, plus colored dissolved organic matter. Additional factors near shore include rocks, coral reefs, algae and the ocean floor.o The Hyperspectral Imager for the Coastal Ocean website is at: http://hico.coas.oregonstate.eduAs the Columbia River flows past Washougal, Camas and Vancouver toward the Pacific Ocean, it picks up sediment and organic material.Now scientists are analyzing samples of the water and comparing their findings with photographs of the Columbia and the ocean taken from space.It’s part of a new imaging system that uses a scanner aboard the International Space Station to explore coastal regions from a viewpoint 200 miles above the Earth.The images contain more data and have a finer resolution, which will give scientists a much closer look at such complex coastal systems as estuaries, where rivers flow into oceans.That’s why the Columbia River is part of the demonstration phase, said Curt Davis, an Oregon State University oceanographer and the project scientist.last_img read more

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Yokohama makes its IR bid official

first_img Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR Yokohama City has made its interest in an IR bid official.The candidate location is Yamashita Wharf, covering 47 hectares in Naka Ward and positioned near the Yamashita Park tourist spot, with plans to open an IR by the late 2020s. Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Load More RelatedPosts Yokohama mayor Fumiko Hayashi stated at a press conference on Thursday that, “Yokohama’s future is in crisis,” listing the potential contribution to the city’s finances and additional tourism as reasons for an IR bid. Overseas IR operators were unified in welcoming the news.The city is estimating an economic ripple effect of JPY630 billion to JPY1 trillion annually from an IR. Even with direct municipal income alone, an estimated JPY82 billion to JPY120 billion is expected from corporate tax, property tax and entrance fees.Citizens remain concerned regarding the area surrounding the casino becoming dangerous and over the spread of problem gambling. Mayor Hayashi responded to these concerns, stating, “I have many concerns myself. I firmly believe that if strict regulations of the highest standard are in place, then it will be fine.”The mayor added that she plans to personally hold briefings for residents in all city wards.“As long as we continue to explain thoroughly, I believe the citizens will understand,” she said.last_img read more

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Quake Shakes Anchorageites and Visitors Alike

first_imgNo major damage or injuries were reported in Anchorage after this morning’s quake, but community members said they were still shaken.Listen now:Ken Baitsholts was walking on the Chester Creek Trail during the windless morning when the trees began moving and a flock of geese suddenly flew off. He says he followed suit and started running.“Because I was frightened. I had no idea exactly what it was. I just thought I would get out of that clump of trees where I was. Cause a whole, like, flurry of leaves started to fall. It was very peculiar.”Up the road at New Sagaya’s Market, Erin Wade Hemphill was working at the coffee shop. She said the quake was obvious.“We saw the signs shaking and then the aisles started moving. And we kind of all three of us were just standing around like ‘umm…’ And when things started falling and flying off the shelves, we decided to get out of the building because there’s a lot of stuff that can come down on us here. Usually you tell everyone don’t go outside, but we made the decision to go outside,” she said.Some guests at the downtown Marriott fled the building as well. Valet Corey Roybal was outside when it happened and people started evacuating the building. He said he tried to calm down the out-of-town guests.“It just sort of alarmed a lot of people. You get people asking if we knew if there were aftershocks coming. We just told them, ‘They’re earthquakes. You just don’t know. Nothing like that.’”Karen Gaborik from Fairbanks said she’s felt plenty of quakes before, but being in Anchorage made it different. “When you’re in a larger city, and near the coast, and on silt, it’s a little more concerning.”Gaborik was in the basement of the Dena’ina Center at the time, and she said she stayed put but wasn’t sure it was the safest place to be.Up on the surface, Bill Speir was driving and because of that, he was one of the few who said he couldn’t feel a thing.“Unless it’s severe, like in the 1964 earthquake, where it was actually tossing cars around, no, there’s no apparent indicators that there’s an earthquake going on.”Speir said he only knew the quake was happening because he heard about it on the radio.But ten stories up in a glass-walled corner office of the ConocoPhillips Building, Elizabeth Lopez took cover under her desk.“I mean, the building rolled back and forth. We swayed to the left and right and other jolt came in, and I started grabbing my cell phone and my bag.”Lopez is a floor warden and followed up with her officemates to make sure they were safe. She said it’s important to be prepared.“Be ready to be sure you have your correct footwear, and coverage, and then you follow what the exercise we’re supposed to do — duck, hide, and cover. And that’s the best way. And do not ever leave the building unless somebody tells you it’s safe to leave the building.”Others reported lampposts swaying, figurines breaking, and dogs crouching to the ground near their owners.last_img read more

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Direct tax Collection ₹1449 lakh crore Estimated for Fiscal 201516

first_imgFinance Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday said the direct tax collection is expected to be Rs.14.49 lakh crore for fiscal 2015-16.Jaitley told the Lok Sabha while presenting the NDA government’s first full budget that the budgetary estimates of expenditure for 2015-16 are pegged at Rs.17.77 lakh crore.The finance minister further informed parliament that out of the budgetary estimates of expenditure for 2015-16 non-plan expenditure is pegged at Rs.13.12 lakh crore and planned expenditure is expected at Rs.4.65 lakh crore.Jaitley further announced a reduction in corporate tax. He proposed to reduce the corporate tax from 30 percent to 25 percent over the next 4 years to be accompanied by reducing exemptions.”This (reduction) will lead to higher level of growth, accompanied by elimination of exemptions, which lead to disputes,” Jaitley said.”High corporate tax with too many exceptions gives us worst of both worlds, we neither get revenues nor investments.”last_img read more

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Four pharma firms under CCI scanner over price fixing of popular diabetic

first_imgThe logo of Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis is seen on its headquarters building in Basel, Switzerland. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File PhotoThe Competition Commission of India (CCI) has reportedly started an investigation against four major drug companies – Abbott, Novartis, Emcure Pharma and USV over alleged price-fixing of one of the best-selling medicine for diabetes called Vildagliptin. This drug, sold under the brand Galvus, is a key medicine produced by Novartis.All the four companies have received notices from the regulator seeking trade details of the drug to find out if the companies had joined hands with one another to keep the drug’s price at certain levels.The regulator is also trying to find out if the senior executives of the companies are involved with the price fixing of the anti-diabetic drug, Economic Times reported.Price fixing is a conspiracy between business competitors to set their prices to buy or sell the product at a certain price point. It violates the competition law because it controls the market price or the supply and demand of a product.This stops other small firms from being able to compete with similar businesses in the price fixing agreement.None of the four drug companies has not commented on the matter till now.  Novartis spokesperson refused to respond to an email querry from Economic Times, saying that the matter is sub-judice and that they “are unable to comment any further. “According to Economic Times, though there was no written communication between partners, the whistle-blower who reached out to the regulator had furnished a chart listing various dosage sizes of these brands and all of them were priced the same. [Representational Image]Reuters filePrice fixing is prohibited under the Competition Act, 2002. Hence, if the allegation proves right, it might trigger the regulator to impose a heavy penalty on the pharma companies.The investigation comes after reports earlier this year suggested that big international drug makers including Novartis AG are set to cash in on the sharp rise in diabetes and heart disease cases in India. They are also eyeing on the big market in rural India which is home to at least 70 percent of the country’s population.It is not the first time the pharma companies are facing price fixing allegations. Earlier this year, Indian generic drugmakers like Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, Sun Pharmaceuticals have also been reportedly named in a lawsuit by the attorneys general of 45 states in the US over price-fixing conspiracy.last_img read more

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Netanyahu says discussed Syria Iran with Trump

first_imgIsraeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on 8 July 2018. Photo: ReutersIsraeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that he discussed Syria and Iran with US president Donald Trump ahead of the latter’s meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin.In remarks to the Israeli cabinet, Netanyahu said he spoke by phone on Saturday with Trump and that the US president reiterated his commitment to Israel. In Helsinki on Monday, Trump will meet Putin, Damascus’ big-power backer and a regular interlocutor with Tehran.last_img read more

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Oregon County Receives 3M to Improve Health Conditions for African Americans

first_img(Photo Courtesy of www.mchb.hrsa.gov)Multnomah County in Oregon recently received $3 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to improve the health for African Americans in the region.The initiative is designed to help close the health disparity gap between Blacks and Whites. Data released a few weeks ago shows that African Americans face greater health challenges. Specifically, minority babies are more likely to die or be born premature in comparison to White babies, according to The Oregonian.At a gathering with faith and community leaders, County Chairwoman Deborah Kafoury said, “There are differences from the cradle to the grave, and it’s unacceptable,” according to The Oregonian. (Screenshot of front page of the Data Book report)The Oregonian reported information from the “Maternal Child, and Family Data Book” that details pregnancies by demographic. Key findings show that 14.2 percent of babies born to White mothers faced poor birth outcomes, meaning premature birth, low birth weight or other health conditions. The rate of Black babies that faced poor birth outcomes was higher at 21.3 percent.Health experts attribute the disparity to toxic stress that African-American women face before and during pregnancy. Researchers believe that early life disadvantages lead to high rates of diabetes, stroke, heart disease and obesity in the African American community.The county will use the money from the CDC to increase breastfeeding, improve smoking habits and make healthier food more accessible to Blacks in the Portland area, according to OPB News. Pastor Wilbert Hardy Jr., of the Highland Christian Center, said he is going to encourage his congregation to eat healthier.“So, to go into a fast food restaurant that’s cholesterol-ridden, saturated with fats, and to be saying grace over the food, we connect that as using God’s name in vain,” Hardy told OPB News. “That’s like, ‘God bless this poison I’m about to put in my veins.’ Just those little epiphanies and those highlights [allow] people to connect and understand that a salad is much better than a value-meal burger.”The County has set a goal of setting up two new stores that sell fresh fruit. This is the biggest effort aimed at Blacks in Multnomah County history, according to The Oregonian.jhunter@afro.comhunter_jonathanlast_img read more

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