$160,000 in new funding to Northern Healthy Connections Society, Truro an increase of $247,000 to Mainline Needle Exchange, Halifax an increase of $152,000 to Sharp Advice Needle Exchange, Sydney “These investments support and enhance the good work already underway in our communities,” said Mr. Glavine. Life-saving naloxone is already available in ambulances and emergency rooms throughout Nova Scotia, and, when necessary, to those being discharged from correctional facilities. Pilot programs in Halifax and Sydney have made naloxone kits available directly to people who use drugs through community organizations and treatment programs. Since these programs began, the kits have been used more than 30 times to save lives. “Opioid overdoses needlessly take lives, place significant stress on communities and can overwhelm first responders and emergency departments,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “By putting the resources in the hands of the people who need it most, we can treat overdoses quickly and save lives.” Sixty people died of opioid overdoses in the province in 2016, four of which involved illicit fentanyl. Mainline Needle Exchange has been operating in Halifax for 25 years. It is a health promotion program that provides harm reduction supplies to people who use drugs, education, peer support to assist with detox and treatment programs and help to access government and community services, including legal support, housing, and food. “In the last 15 years, demand for our services has increased by more than a thousand per cent,” said Diane Bailey, director, Mainline Needle Exchange. “Our Mainline site is open seven days a week. This increase in funding will allow us to expand our central mobile outreach project to seven days a week as well, and to work with our partners to reach at-risk groups in communities right across the province.” A full opioid response plan is being developed by government and is expected to be completed this spring. Government is taking immediate action to address the increase in illicit fentanyl and other synthetic opioids in Nova Scotia with more than $1 million in funding. The Department of Health and Wellness is spending $564,000 to expand access to naloxone, a medication that blocks the effect of opioids and can reverse an overdose. This funding will support the purchase and distribution of naloxone kits through a range of community and health care organizations, including community pharmacies and municipal police. “Our first priority is to save lives. We have learned from other provinces that illicit opioids are a serious risk to anyone using street drugs and, more often, that includes young people,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “These drugs are becoming more widely available in Nova Scotia, which is why we’re taking action now before this becomes a crisis in our own province.” Government is also investing $559,000 to support three community-based harm reduction organizations in 2017/18:
SAINT-CHARLES, N.B. – There was relief on a New Brunswick First Nation Wednesday, after police laid charges in a hit-and-run death that left residents grieving and seeking justice.“We’re extremely happy,” said Ruth Levi, a band councillor and director of social services at the Elsipogtog reserve.Brady Francis, a well-liked 22-year-old from Elsipogtog, was struck and killed by a pickup truck after leaving a party on Feb. 24.RCMP charged Maurice Johnson, a 56-year-old man from Saint-Charles, N.B., with failing to stop at the scene of an accident involving bodily harm or death.They said it’s believed Francis was waiting for a drive home when he was struck.Johnson is to appear in Moncton provincial court July 10.“The investigation is over. It was long but it shows that Brady’s case was not put on the back burner which a lot of people though was happening,” Levi said Wednesday.Many Elsipogtog residents had called for criminal charges in the case, and alluded to Aboriginal anger at the jury acquittals in the killings of Colten Boushie and Tina Fontaine on the Prairies.Social media posts were circulating following the incident with pictures of Boushie, Fontaine and Francis side by side, and many were tweeting #justiceforbrady, echoing hashtags used after the recent Prairie verdicts.Said one Twitter user at the time: “All we can do is pray that Canada gets this one right.”But Levi said Wednesday residents now believe the healing can begin.“The RCMP did a great job in their investigation. Many times we thought nothing was happening because it was so long, a hundred and some-odd days, but today is a good day with lots of emotion,” she said.She said although Francis was young, he was well respected in the community.“This past weekend there was a Brady memorial volleyball tournament. We had a big thing on his birthday on April 21. They had a dart tournament. So Brady is always on our mind, day in and day out. We lost a great man.”Levi said he was always smiling, never in trouble, and planning to go to school to get a trade this fall.
The municipal election will take place on October 20, 2018, with the first advanced voting opportunity happening on October 10. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Eleven candidates are running for the position of trustee with School District 60.The school district is broken up into five different zones with each zone being represented by one trustee except for zone five which is represented by three. Five candidates are looking to fill the three seats in zone five and they include incumbents Erin Evans, Bill Snow and Darrell Pasichnyk along with Helen Gilbert, Jeff Richert.In zone one, Madeleine Lehmann will run against Melanie Edwards and David Christie will look to get more votes than David Scott-Moncrieff in zone two. In zone three and four candidates, Nicole Gilliss and incumbent Ida Campbell will be voted in by acclamation.
The goal for the Fundraiser is set at $10,000 and they are close to reaching their goal.To view the GoFundMe CLICK HERE ROSE PRAIRIE, B.C. – Mid December the home of Jake and Brianne Dyksterhuis burnt down, causing them to lose the contents and their family vehicle.December 14th at 1 am the Dyksterhuis’s woke up to find their house was on fire, ‘there was only enough time to grab their daughter who was still sleeping in their bedroom and jump out the window in their night clothes’, states the GoFundMe page set up to help assist the family.As a young family with a nine-month-old daughter and another child due in the spring, a GoFundMe account was created to alleviate some of the financial burdens that come with losing everything.
Rabat – Montasser AlDe’emeh, a Belgian researcher and specialist in Islamic radicalization and international jihad, has criticized Moroccan Imams for being “monolingual.”Montasser AlDe’emeh says, “The fact that, Imams are monolingual, hinders them from delivering their social messages to the Belgian youth who turn into hardliners,” according to Belgian news website levif.“It is a shame that, after fifty years, Imams still do not speak Dutch or French, as we still have to import them from Morocco. It is simply outrageous that the Belgian authorities do not impose language requirements on the Imams,” he adds. According to AlDe’emeh, “this cannot help achieve the social mission assigned to these Moroccan imams.”According to him, Imams should be at least bilingual to effectively transmit social messages to Belgian Muslim youth, so as to protect them from becoming hardliners and joining terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria.“We cannot expect an imam who does not speak the language (French and others) to deal with the social engagement of young people,” Montasser AlDe’emeh said.
The tusks destroyed today were confiscated in 2012 while it was en route to Dubai from Kenya. (Colombo Gazette) According to the Customs Department the symbolic act of destroying more than Rs. 387 million worth of ivory seeks to dispel any hopes by poachers that they will profit by killing elephants. Sri Lanka Customs today began destroying more than 359 African elephant tusks (Blood Ivory) in their custody at Galle Face Green.The ivory was crushed using a modified crusher and then it is to be transported to the Puttalam cement factory to be burned. The entire process is taking place with Special Task Force (STF) and the army providing tight security.
Each decorative candle, lantern and calavera —or sugar skull — is placed with care to create a sea of vibrant colour meant to honour the dead.The Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, altars, found at seven locations throughout Niagara, have been carefully crafted by Brock University students working closely with members of the public, including the Mexican and Latin community.A gateway to learn about Latin America’s past and present, the initiative was taken on by students in Associate Professor Maria Del Carmen Suescun Pozas’ Latin America history class.Día de los Muertos was proclaimed an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2008. The festival has its origins in pre-Columbian indigenous cultures of Mexico and Latin America.The traditional festival unfolds over two days, Nov. 1 and 2, and celebrates love and respect for deceased family in a colourful and life-affirming way.Altars for offerings of traditional foods and drink, as well as photographs, candles and marigolds, are built in homes and public spaces.The public is invited to visit the Niagara altars and encouraged to leave offerings, photographs or names of loved ones on slips of paper at any of the locations.Heritage and community engagement are important tools for historians, says Suescun Pozas. The experience is an opportunity for students to understand how their own work is not independent from tangible and intangible legacies and to reflect on the nature of remembering, forgetting and building communal knowledge.“The Day of the Dead is a gift to us all from fellow Mexicans who live and work in Niagara,” says Suescun Pozas. “The festivity honours the memory of temporary residents who have worked in the agricultural sector in Niagara and died in the recent past. “Migrant workers are important members of the community and we wish to acknowledge their participation in helping advance knowledge of a history Latin America and Canada share.”The altars, which will remain in place until Thursday, Nov. 8, can be found at the following locations:Mahtay Café, St. CatharinesBlack Sheep Lounge, WellandNiagara Military Museum, Niagara FallsPelham Public Library, Fonthill and Maple Acre branchesMarilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, St. CatharinesTD Niagara Jazz Festival Twilight Jazz SeriesHI-Niagara Falls Hostel, Niagara Falls
FINE GAEL TD Joe Carey has said that while he in not convinced of the merits of full legalisation of cannabis, he is open to the model of decriminalisation in Portugal which removed criminal penalties in favour of therapy and education for small time offenders.His comments come ahead of a debate in the Dáil this evening on independent TD Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan’s Cannabis Regulation motion.On his Facebook page this week, the Fine Gael TD for Clare asked his constituents for their opinions on legalising the drug:(View larger version)The majority of the comments were in favour of legalisation for different reasons including the tax revenue it would bring in, the tourism it could attract and an end to harsh sentences for those in possession of the drug for personal use.In response, Carey told his Facebook followers that he was not convinced by the arguments for broad legalisation.Decriminalisation in PortugalHowever he said he was “open to the model of decriminalisation in Portugal” and was struck by many of the people who contacted him having been prosecuted for small amounts and are now “suffering the consequences because of that”.In Portugal, the law was changed in 2001, maintaining the status of illegality for use or possession for personal use without authorisation but changing the offence from a criminal one to an administrative one.This means that those found with no more than ten days’ supply of a drug do not risk a prison sentence and instead are targeted with therapy or community service. The country also has a nationwide needle exchange program run through pharmacies.Medical purposesSpeaking to TheJournal.ie, Carey said he also believes there is a “strong case” in relation to loosening the laws in relation to people who have medical issues such as Motor Neuron Disease and Multiple Sclerosis in particular.I would be hopeful that the government would listen to people who suffer part from MS and MND and that some relaxation in the laws could be made to reflect in their favour because basically their pain is relieved by the use of cannabis and cannabis products.He said the argument for changing the law for tourism purposes was “reckless because it would bring other vices into play”.“You can’t disregard the view that cannabis is associated with mental health issues, ” the TD said. “I would be very much guided what what people have said in relation to that. People like Tony Geoghegan in the Merchant’s Quay project would have expressed those views.”While Carey’s views on decriminalisation are not exactly in line with the party’s position on the topic, he will be supporting the government when they vote on the bill tomorrow.- With additional reporting by Hugh O’Connell. Related: Cannabis legalisation: Where do the parties stand?>More: 6 things we learned from Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan’s Cannabis Regulation Bill>
What better way to monitor water quality than by using cutting-edge robotics technology? Researchers at Michigan State University are developing robotic fish that swim in schools and navigate underwater to watch for pollution in lakes, rivers, streams, and oceans.According to MSU associate professor and electrical engineer Dr. Xiaobo Tan, “fish behave in a way that underwater vehicles can’t yet equal.” They can swim in sync with each other and can make sharp turns and change directions in the blink of an eye, which is something a submarine isn’t capable of.The robotic fish have tail fins made of electroactive polymers. The tail fins have no gears or motors but simply move in response to electricity. Often referred to as “artificial muscles,” the materials can change their shape in response to electrical stimulation. Tan and his team were able to bind multiple strips of the artificial muscles together in sheets. These sheets make up a flexible artificial fins that can twist and bend just like a real fish fin.To build the fish, the MSU team actually made multiple patterns and then tested them by making quick and inexpensive copies using a 3D printer. The printer lays thin layers of plastic on top of each other constructed of different plastics that the researchers feed into the printer. These layers-upon-layers create 3D objects that are flexible and soft in some parts, and hard and rigid in other parts.This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of robotic fish. UK company BMT Group Limited, in conjunction with researchers at the University of Essex, were also building robotic fish to test for water pollution. However, these fish were much larger than MSU’s fish, at about 1.5 meters in length compared to Tan’s 6-inch prototype, and cost $29,000 each to make.With funding from the National Science Foundation, the team’s goal is to make robotic fish that are smaller, cheaper, and quieter than vehicles powered by propellers. The intent is to make fish that can steer clear of obstacles and need little if any human intervention.It’s hard enough to make just one fish that works independently, but the team is also working on making fish that can be programmed to sense the direction of its neighbors and swim synchronously in a school. The researchers have tested the fish in lakes, but these models only swim halfway submerged in water. The next goal is to make the fish capable of diving and ascending.The team will soon test the robotic fish in a mixed aquarium tank of real fish to see how they interact with each other. They’ll monitor the real fish to see how they escape from the robotic fish, which will take the role of a “predator” for the test, and will look at how they react to the foreign fish. They’ll then use that information to program the robotic fish so that they can possibly protect themselves against predators. Having the robo-fish eaten by a dolphin, seal, or shark would be a very pricey meal, let alone unsafe for the predator.Check out the video below to see the robotic fish in action.via Scientific American
In April 2009 Brendan Marrocco suffered serious injuries when his unit’s vehicle was hit by an Explosive Fired Projectile (EFP) while undertaking a night mission in Iraq. Brendan survived, but his injuries meant doctors had to amputate both his arms and legs. He also lost 8 teeth, suffered face and neck lacerations and burns, had several broken bones, shrapnel in his face and eye, and a severed left carotid artery.The fact that he recovered at all is amazing, but as of yesterday Brendan has his arms back due to a compatible donor and a successful double arm transplant.The operation was carried out at John Hopkins Hospital on December 18 and Brendan has been in recovery for the past month with both his new arms still heavily bandaged. The long recovery time is understandable considering just how complex the operation was.Doctors had Brendan on the operating table for 13 hours as they carefully attached the bones, muscles, nerves, tendons, blood vessels, and finally the skin of both arms. He also received bone marrow from the donor in a bid to stop the new limbs from being rejected and to minimize his reliance on anti-rejection drugs. It seems to have worked, and it’s all due to the hard work his team of doctors put in during preparations for the operation.This isn’t a procedure that just happened, though. The 13 hour operation was preceded by months of planning, which included the doctors carrying out the full operation four times using cadavers. Such careful planning and practice is essential, as even one mistake could have seen the new arms rejected and Brendan potentially suffering complications because of it.Brendan will now continue to recover at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center where he will undergo physical therapy. If his progress continues without issue, he should eventually have two functioning arms and is looking forward to swimming and driving again.via Voice of America
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker (File photo by Skip Gray/360 North)President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord drew muted reactions from Alaska officials on Thursday.Listen nowU.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski told reporters she’s “agnostic” on the Paris accord itself. But, she said she hopes the U.S. won’t “fall back” in its efforts to address climate change, adding that Alaskans are already seeing impacts.Governor Bill Walker released a statement highlighting the effects of climate change across the state. But he stopped short of criticizing President Trump’s decision.In his statement, Walker said shrinking sea ice and coastal erosion are causing “social and economic upheaval,” adding that the communities of Shishmaref, Kivalina and Newtok are “literally washing into the ocean.” And he noted that erosion and thawing permafrost will affect military installations across the state.Alaska hasn’t seen any official statewide policy initiatives on climate change since an effort under former Governor Sarah Palin, nearly a decade ago.The state was exempted from the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration’s hallmark climate policy under the Paris agreement.But the Walker administration has indicated it hopes to advance some kind of state climate policy this year.Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz also released a statement following the news, saying the city will continue adapting and mitigating climate change. The mayor went on to write that the municipality “stands with business leaders and other mayors from across the country.”Alaska Public Media’s Zachariah Hughes and KTOO’s Jacob Resneck contributed to this story.
In 2011, comedy/variety writers for The Onion’s satirical television news show, “Onion News Network,” joined the WGA East. The show aired for two seasons on IFC.The WGA East has been active in organizing digital news sites for the past three years and now reps about 1,000 members in that area, including Vice, HuffPost, the Intercept, Gizmodo Media Group (Splinter, Gizmodo, Jezebel, Deadspin, the Root, Lifehacker, Kotaku, io9, Jalopnik, Earther), ThinkProgress, MTV News, Thrillist, and Salon. In January, Vox Media agreed to recognize the guild as the collective bargaining representative of approximately 400 employees.Lowell Peterson, executive director of the WGA East, said, “We welcome the editorial and production employees at Onion, Inc. to the movement for collective bargaining in digital media. Working together, we can build power and make concrete gains in the workplace as we have at GMG and across the digital media landscape.”The Onion Inc. Organizing Committee issued a statement saying, “Onion Inc. is unionizing with the Writers Guild of America, East. By organizing, we intend to protect the culture and values that make Onion Inc. a singularly great place to work and establish a formal means by which the employees have a collective and meaningful voice in our workplace. We’ve seen the positive effects of unions across digital media newsrooms, especially at our Gizmodo Media Group sister sites, and believe Onion Inc. will similarly benefit.”“As we continue to work with Univision and Fusion Media Group, we are unionizing to establish transparency and open communication around the high-level decisions being made that affect Onion Inc.,” the statement continued. “A union will ensure that Onion Inc. remains a place that attracts and retains talented people, upholds opportunities for professional growth, and continues to be the most widely read, most lucrative, and most respected media company that has ever existed in the history of the written word.” Popular on Variety The editorial and video staffs at the Onion, A.V. Club and Clickhole have unionized with the Writers Guild of America East.The guild announced Thursday that “an overwhelming majority” of the staff, comprised of about 100 employees, have signed union cards and called on management to voluntarily recognize the WGA East as the collective bargaining representative.Onion Inc., which operates the satirical sites the Onion and Clickhole and the cultural site, is part of the Fusion Media Group. The WGA East currently represents editorial and video staffs at the Fusion owned Gizmodo Media Group, which includes sites Splinter News, the Root, Lifehacker, Gizmodo, Jezebel, Deadspin, Kotaku, io9, Jalopnik and Earther.“We are dedicated to providing an environment where all our employees can thrive and we respect their right to unionize,” a spokesperson for the Onion Inc. said. “We have begun having discussions with the WGAE about the path forward and hope to arrive at an arrangement in short order.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Kolkata: In a tragic incident, a promising cricketer was killed by lightening in the city while two separate road accidents claimed two lives and injured seven others in the districts.Debabrata Pal (21), a resident of Hooghly’s Srerampur was returning home after practicing cricket on Vivekananda Park ground at around 1.40 pm when the accident took place. According to local sources, the victim stopped his practice after it started raining. When he was walking along the lane, lightning struck him. He was later taken to a nearby hospital where doctors pronounced him brought dead. The victim used to play cricket for Calcutta Cricket Academy. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsRoad accident claimed lives of two children who were returning home on a bicycle along with their parents. The deceased have been identified as Ganesh and Riya Bhunia. Their parents have also received injuries. It took place at Radhanagar village under Bishnupur police station in Bankura on Saturday night when a speeding truck hit the bicycle. The driver of the truck fled the spot leaving the vehicle at the spot. Locals took the injured victims to Radhanagar Gramin hospital where the children were declared brought dead while their parents are undergoing treatment in the hospital. Police seized the truck and are conducting raids to nab the driver. In another accident, five persons were injured when the car they were travelling in overturned on National Highway 6 near Manasatala at Uluberai. According to police, there were three youth and a woman in the car.
Cancun, Q.R. — With a wet start to the season and one already named subtropical storm, June 1 officially marks the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season for Cancun and Riviera Maya.Predictions earlier in the year said that 2018 would be busy, comparable to last year when the region experienced a hyperactive and extremely destructive season with 17 named storms, making it the fifth most active season since 1851 and the most active since 2012.Analysts said that predictions for the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico will be similar to the hyperactive season of 2017 from beginning to end with some landfalls. This year, analysts predict 12 named storms and six hurricanes, two of which they say will become a Category 3 or higher.According to NOAA, hurricane season may begin in June, but sometimes tropical storms form before the month arrives, noting that approximately 97 percent of the storms will occur during the marked season dates.The remaining 3 percent will occur outside of the set June to November season as was the case with subtropical storm Alberto that developed off the coast of Cancun May 25.The remaining 2018 list of named storms for the Atlantic Basin are Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Issac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Raphael, Sarah, Toney, Valerie and William.Already in May, Cancun and Riviera Maya experienced several thunderstorms that pounded the region, flooding streets and closing nautical activity to small tourist boats.Mexico City was also victim to one storm so severe the Benito Juarez International Airport had to shut down operations for nearly two hours while they waited out the intense rain.Playa del Carmen meteorologist Luis Antonio Morales Ocaña says that temperatures for the summer months are expected to reach record levels again this year and is warning Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya residents to brace for an extremely hot summer.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite When contacted for comment, Alfred Duma Local Municipality stated that the cultural centre does not belong to them but belongs to Transnet, and therefore anything that happens there is entirely Transnet’s responsibility.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! Considering that Emnambithi Cultural Centre plays such a significant role in our town’s historical heritage and most importantly used to house Dr Joseph Shabalala’s art pieces, the cleanliness and upkeep of the building seem to be going to rack and ruin.Grass and reeds are growing rampant all over the property, creating an eyesore.“I am disgusted with the state of the cultural centre. It is such a disgrace that a cultural and historical place like that could be in such an appalling condition. One would think that the maintenance of the building would remain a top priority,” said concerned Ladysmith resident Doreen Larsen.According to Ladysmith residents, something needs to be done about this state of affairs, as a way of paying respect to the historical building and just keeping the town looking good as a whole.
Test Pilot is an important part of Mozilla Firefox, and allows Mozilla to test out new features and tools that aim to improve the experience of Firefox users. Yesterday, the organization launched two new Test Pilot projects: Price Wise and Email Tabs. Price Wise allows users to track the price of items online, while Email Tabs makes it easier for people to share links via email. How Price Wise worksEssentially, Price Wise is a price-tracking tool. It allows users to add certain products to a watch list; Price Wise will send notifications when there are changes in price. The extension only works for eBay, Best Buy, Amazon, Walmart, and Home Depot, but there are apparently plans to extend its usage to other retailers and eCommerce sites. As holiday season is approaching, it makes sense for Mozilla to push it out to users. You can try it out here. How Email Tabs works Email Tabs is a tool which helps users to send links via email. Typically, you’d need to copy and paste links into your email, but with Email Tabs, you can share from a whole list of tabs. But that’s not all. Users can also choose how the content should be presented in the email. So, it could be a simple link, a screenshot, or even the full text. At the moment this only works with Gmail, but like Price Wise, Mozilla is looking to extend the roll out. You can try Email Tabs here. Both experiments are available for anybody who is signed up to the Test Pilot program. Mozilla previews Send, Color and Side View Mozilla also previewed other experiments that are due for release this year. Send allows you to encrypt and share large files up to 1GB, Color, allows users to customize the look of Firefox, while Side View makes comparison shopping easier, as one can look at two products without having to switch back and forth between two separate web pages. To learn more, visit the Firefox website of Firefox. Read Next Mozilla shares how AV1, the new the open source royalty-free video codec, works Mozilla announces WebRender, the experimental renderer for Servo, is now in beta Mozilla funds winners of the 2018 Creative Media Awards for highlighting unintended consequences of AI in society
Related posts:Costa Rica taxi fares to drop Taxi fares in Costa Rica to drop again Taxi fares to increase this month Rates going up for Costa Rica taxis Taxi fares could be going down in Costa Rica.The Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP) will submit a proposal next week to lower taxi fares by ₡30 for the first kilometer and by ₡45 after that.In what might appear contradictory, earlier this week the agency approved the first increase in fuel prices of this year.ARESEP has to first submit the request to lower taxi fares for public consultation. Then it will be evaluated by technical staff for 10 days.Staff will also take into consideration any objections filed during the consultation.If approved, the taxi fare for the first kilometer would drop from ₡640 to ₡610 ($1.19 to $1.13) and for additional kilometers from ₡640 to ₡595 ($1.19 to $1.10).Following ARESEP’s announcement on Thursday, leaders of the National Union of Taxi Drivers (UNT) voiced their opposition and pledged to demonstrate in coming days.Rubén Vargas Campos, Secretary General of the taxi drivers’ union, said the union would not accept the fare reduction. He said current fares are already lower than they should be.“According to our calculations, fares for the first kilometer currently should be at some ₡1,000 ($1.85) while additional kilometers should cost at least ₡700 ($1.30),” Vargas said.Drivers argue that if the fare reduction gets approved, ARESEP should also lower the annual taxi permit fee, which currently costs ₡100,000 (some $185).Vargas said Friday morning that the union was preparing to send ARESEP a document outlining its opposition.“And we are getting ready to take our protest to the streets,” Vargas added.ARESEP’s proposal also includes reductions for all taxi services in the country, including rural taxis and those for disabled persons. Fares for the first kilometer of special taxi services would also decrease from ₡640 to ₡610. But the price for additional kilometers would vary depending on the type of service.The fare beyond the first kilometer for taxis adapted for people with disabilities would drop from ₡635 to ₡605 ($1.18 to 1.12) per kilometer, while additional kilometers for taxis in rural areas would drop from ₡795 to ₡760 ($1.47 to 1.41).Taxis providing transportation at Juan Santamaría International Airport would have to lower their fares for the first kilometer from ₡930 to ₡910 ($1.72 to $1.69). From that point the fare for extra kilometers in sedan-type taxis would drop from ₡810 to ₡770 ($1.50 to $1.43) and from ₡930 to ₡885 ($1.72 $1.64) for minivan-type taxis.Recommended Read: La horma de mi zapato: On love and taxis Facebook Comments
ITB Berlin 2017 impressively underlined its outstanding travel trade show network once again after conducting its show in Berlin. International trade visitor numbers increased significantly and participation raised upto 28,000 delegates (an increase of 7.7%). Politicians and diplomats from Germany and abroad were present at the show. In addition, 110 delegations, 72 Ministers, 11 State Secretaries and 45 Ambassadors from around the world visited ITB Berlin 2017.Over the five days of the show, more than 10,000 exhibiting companies from 184 countries and regions displayed their products and services on 1,092 stands to visitors. The global tourism industry exhibited its latest products and trends in an area covering 160,000 square metres.The spotlight was on Botswana as the Official Partner Country of ITB Berlin. On the eve of ITB Berlin, Botswana hosted a spectacular opening ceremony. As a green destination in the heart of Europe, Slovenia, the Convention & Culture Partner of the show presented sustainable tourism concepts and a wide range of cultural attractions at ITB Berlin. Among other exhibiting nations, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Poland and Belarus provided a concentrated display of information and the latest medical tourism products at the Medical Pavilion.David Ruetz, Head, ITB Berlin, expressed that the reorganisation of the halls was very well received by exhibitors and visitors. “Compared to last year, we were able to offer our partners nearly 2,000 more square metres of floor space. Due in particular to the recent sharp increase in demand from Arab countries, the layout of a number of display halls had been changed,” he said.Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General, World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), said, “ITB Berlin 2017 was another show of the strength of the tourism sector. UNWTO was particularly pleased to see how this year; the ‘International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development’- ITB Berlin has placed the issues of sustainability even higher in its agenda making a critical contribution to make our sector more responsible and competitive.”Minister of Tourism of Botswana, Tshekedi Khama, said, “We are really honoured to have been able to partner with ITB Berlin. We obviously came here with every intention to get as much out of it for our country as possible and to share with other countries and participate with ITB Berlin. It was a wonderful opportunity and ITB Berlin was more than what I could ever have imagined.”According to preliminary figures, around 60,000 participants came to find out about the latest trends on the exhibition grounds. As in previous years, it was possible to book tours directly at ITB Berlin. Over 5,000 accredited journalists from 76 countries and around 450 bloggers from 34 countries reported on ITB Berlin.The exhibition is a networking event for the international travel industry. Witnessing its demand in the global market, ITB China is due to be launched in Shanghai from May 10-12, 2017 at Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Conference Center. Some of China’s leading travel companies will be represented at the show.Launched 10 years ago, ITB Asia, which takes place annually in Singapore has established itself as the leading B2B event for the Asian travel market. With just under 800 exhibitors from over 70 countries and around 9,650 participants from 110 countries, this trade show and conference points the way forward for Asia’s tourism industry.The next ITB Berlin will take place from March 7-11, 2018.
in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Home Prices Home Sales warren group 2014-12-11 Tory Barringer Home sales in the state of Connecticut increased sizably in October, while prices fell year-on-year for yet another month.Statewide, sales of single-family homes increased 7.0 percent annually in October to a total of 2,379, the Warren Group reported this week. It was the best October sales figure since 2007, when transactions totaled 2,605.The year-to-date sales total came closer to catching up to last year, coming to 21,546—a decline of less than 1 percent.”Single-family home sales have picked up some momentum as we head towards the end of the year,” said Timothy Warren Jr., CEO of the Warren Group. “In the improving economy, buyers are active and finding prices to their liking, well below pre-recession highs.”The median home price for single-family homes sold across the state in October was $241,600, a decline of 3.4 percent from $250,000 a year earlier. It was the eighth straight month in which median home prices were down, according to the Warren Group.Condominium sales were also up over the year, posting a 6.0 percent gain to 667. Year-to-date, condo sales were up almost 3.0 percent as of October 31 to a total of 5,816.The median sales price for condos, meanwhile, was up 2.0 percent year-over-year to $168,000, marking the first annual price increase since June. Connecticut Home Sales Up as Prices Keep Falling December 11, 2014 469 Views Share
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