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Amendment to Act Allows New Type of Motorcycle

first_imgA new type of vehicle known as the Can-Am Spyder will now be allowed on Nova Scotia’s roads. New legislation, effective June 10, allows the registration of motorcycles with two wheels on the front steering axle, provided they meet motor vehicle safety standards set by Transport Canada. “We are pleased to make this type of vehicle accessible to motorcycle enthusiasts,” said Murray Scott, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. Several other provinces also permit these vehicles on their highways. Described as part snowmobile, part sports car, the Bombardier vehicle has two front wheels and one rear wheel which allows for improved stability. Transport Canada has done extensive testing on the Can-Am Spyder, and has developed Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards criteria to address vehicle stability. Any motorcycle that is registered for road use would have to conform to Transport Canada’s safety standards, minimizing road safety concerns. All registered motorcycles must meet Transport Canada and Nova Scotia inspection standards.last_img read more

Coxheath Office On The Move July 22

first_imgThe Department of Natural Resources office in Coxheath, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, will be closed on Monday, July 22, while staff move to new offices at the same location. Full service is expected to resume at the office on Tuesday, July 23. To report wildfires, poaching, or emergency wildlife situations at any time, call the Department of Natural Resources toll free, at 1-800-565-2224. General information about DNR programs and services is available from the Baddeck office at 902-295-2554, the St. Peter’s office at 902-535-2032, or from the department’s website, http://www.novascotia.ca/natr Fishing licences are still available from local vendors. -30-last_img read more

The Rebel up for a bit of reboot says outlet founder Ezra

first_imgOTTAWA – The founder of the online news site The Rebel admits its content and management need more oversight in the wake of a string of controversies.One reporter was fired, another founder quit and two other contributors resigned last week after the outlet came under intense criticism for its coverage of deadly protests in Virginia.While some believed the outlet to be on its last legs, Rebel founder Ezra Levant said late Tuesday that’s not the plan.“I’m a flawed leader who has made mistakes,” he wrote in a post on the conservative news site late Tuesday.“But as long as you stand with me, I will still stand.”Levant said he’s going to bring in better management of both the business and editorial side of the operation and hire new journalists.Levant said he is partially to blame, and can no longer run the whole company.“Maybe I could when we were just eight people in my living room. But not now, with 45 people in four countries, I can’t do my show, and all our campaigns, and also run the company,” he said.“I need help.”Levant said while he thinks The Rebel’s coverage has been great, if even one per cent were “wrong editorially,” it could, and has, embarrassed them.“I think we need more oversight — not more censorship — just to make sure we’re really being on brand with what we believe, what we stand for,” he wrote.The Rebel has long found itself on the defensive about its coverage, but criticism soared to new heights last week after reporter Faith Goldy travelled to cover protests by white nationalists in Virginia who went on to clash with counter protesters.Her coverage was seen as being sympathetic to the causes of the nationalists who were chanting anti-Semitic slurs at the event, drawing condemnation from a host of politicians.Among them — after several days of questions — was Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, who suggested Goldy had crossed the line between reporting the facts and giving those groups a platform.He pledged no further interviews with the Rebel until it changed its editorial direction.Levant had sent out a memo in the aftermath of the Virginia protests seeking to distance The Rebel from the so-called “alt-right,” the name adopted by white nationalist and supremacist groups.But when it emerged, Goldy had also appeared on a podcast affiliated with white supremacist group The Daily Stormer, Levant fired her.Goldy has since called that a “poor decision.”Levant also confirmed Tuesday that contributor Gavin McInnes is leaving the outlet, a move he said has been in the works for awhile.Among his controversial contributions had been a post about a trip to Israel originally titled “10 things I hate about Jews,” though that was changed after an outcry.That trip was among those The Rebel paid for by crowdfunding, and Levant is now pledging greater transparency over how much money the Rebel raises and how it gets spent.That promise comes after two other former contributors levied a string of allegations last week about misuse of donations.On Tuesday, Levant said in the past fiscal year, The Rebel raised $1.54 million via crowdfunding, with the average gift being $78.He said that nearly covers the $1.67 million in the outlet’s expenses.He said charity campaigns run by The Rebel have netted upward of $853,000 for causes including the Fort McMurray wildfires and saving Christians in the Middle East.In addition to donations, The Rebel asks people to subscribe to their premium online content for $8 a month. Levant did not release figures Tuesday on the number of paid subscribers.There are currently about 855,000 subscribers to the site’s YouTube channel, down more than 15,000 since last week.The Rebel was launched in 2015 following the demise of the conservative Sun News Network.last_img read more

BC school trustee criticizes gender policy links it to child abuse

first_imgCHILLIWACK, B.C. – A British Columbia school trustee says an educational resource aimed at creating inclusive public schools by supporting LGBTQ students has become a “weapon of propaganda” and is “nothing short of child abuse.”Chilliwack School District trustee Barry Neufeld made the comments in a recent Facebook post about provincial education policies on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer issues.“The Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity program instructs children that gender is not biologically determined, but is a social construct,” he wrote.“At the risk of being labelled a bigoted homophobe, I have to say that I support traditional family values and I agree with the College of Pediatricians that allowing little children (to) choose to change gender is nothing short of child abuse.”The American College of Pediatricians is a Florida-based organization that promotes heterosexual marriage, opposes abortion and is not associated with the American Academy of Pediatrics.Neufeld wrote the sexual orientation and gender identity program was “instigated” by the former B.C. Liberal government to combat bullying but has become an initiative that infuses every subject from Kindergarten to Grade 12.The elected trustee, who has served for two decades, said he believes the program encourages children to question their biological gender and consider gender transition.“Throwing that out there for Grade 4 children to consider, to me, that is not wise and it infringes on the rights of parents to make these decisions,” Neufeld said in an interview on Tuesday.He said the program would destroy the innocence of children.The website for the initiative says it was created by educators and leaders from across Western Canada and “equips educators of all backgrounds and experiences with tools and resources for supporting marginalized LGBTQ students.”The program already has provincewide participation in British Columbia and the website said a new partnership was recently reached with Alberta and national expansion is the next goal.Neufeld said parts of the initiative are good and should be implemented but he wondered why it couldn’t be included in an after school program so interested students could join if they wished.He also said it could create a new class of bullied youngster.“These kids are going to be targeted. They are going to be the targets of bullies when they don’t immediately embrace this new philosophy that the provincial government is teaching.”Education Minister Rob Fleming said it’s important to have the initiative in every school district and he said he hoped Neufeld would familiarize himself with its concept of respect for diversity.“It’s part of our charter rights that every Canadian has, no matter what their age, and it’s something that the school system needs to teach at the earliest age so that students come out of high school understanding what it is to be Canadian, which is respecting each other’s differences and diversity,” Fleming said Monday in Victoria.Chilliwack School Board chairman Paul McManus said Tuesday that Neufeld’s comments are his own opinions and don’t reflect the direction of the board.“We, as a board, have to determine next steps on how we deal with it, because it’s a conversation we have to have,” McManus said, adding the discussion would likely take place in the next day or so.Neufeld said he stands by his remarks and speaks for a silent majority of parents. Neufeld said he doubts he’ll seek re-election next year because he feels he doesn’t belong in an organization that promotes something he opposes.“If this is what Canadian values are all about, I just don’t fit into it, anymore,” he said.last_img read more

Frame law to ban output sale of ecigarettes commerce ministry requests health

first_imgNew Delhi: The commerce ministry has asked its health counterpart to frame law banning manufacture and sale of e-cigarettes in the country as in the absence of a domestic legislation, it would not be possible to put a blanket ban on its imports, sources said. The health ministry had asked the commerce ministry to issue a notification banning import of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), including e-cigarettes and flavoured hookah. “Without banning domestic sale and manufacturing of ENDS through a law, it will be an infringement of global trade norms to put an import ban,” one of the sources said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn August last year, the health ministry had issued an advisory to all states and Union Territories (UTs) to stop the manufacture, sale and import of ENDS after the Delhi High Court took strong exception to the Centre for delay in coming up with appropriate measures to tackle the “new emerging threat” of e-cigarettes in the country. In March, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization also directed all drug controllers in states and UTs not to allow the manufacture, sale, import and advertisement of ENDS, including e-cigarettes and flavoured hookah, in their jurisdictions. Over 1,000 doctors from 24 states and 3 UTs in April this year urged PM Narendra Modi to enforce a ban on ENDS before it becomes an “epidemic in India”. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostElectronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes are devices that do not burn or use tobacco leaves but instead vaporise a solution, which a user then inhales. The main constituents of the solution, in addition to nicotine, are propylene glycol (with or without glycerol and flavouring agents). In its general advisory to public in August 2018, the health ministry had said that as per the World Health OrganizationWHO report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2017, govts of 30 countries have already banned ENDS.last_img read more

Full Text of King Mohammed VIs Message to Participants in Crans

Dakhla, Morocco  –  King Mohammed VI addressed a message to the participants in Crans Montana Forum, which kicked off Friday in the southern city of Dakhla.Here follows the full text of the Royal message, read by chairman of the Council of the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region, Ynja Khattat:Praise be to God May peace and blessings be upon The Prophet, His Kith and KinYour Excellencies,Ladies and Gentlemen,It is a great pleasure for me, once again, to send a message to the participants in the annual session of the Crans Montana Forum, which has been convened for the second time in a row in Dakhla, in the Dakhla-Oued Ed-Dahab region, which is so dear to me.This year’s session, which is devoted to improving governance for the achievement of sustainable development, provides an opportunity to resume the very useful and worthwhile discussion started here last year. I look forward to seeing this debate further expanded through consultation, exchange of views and a pooling of expertise and goodwill.The presence of more than 500 foreign dignitaries here in Dakhla, including many government officials from more than one hundred countries and representatives of international organizations, reflects a unanimous commitment to this event and to its overarching theme for the benefit of Africa.Thanks to your joint efforts, this important international event helps remind the world that there will be no future without a cohesive, solidarity-based Africa standing tall and proud.Ladies and Gentlemen,For decades, our Continent suffered tremendously in a world divided by colonization. It reeled under the effects of ideological conflicts which were not of its making.Today, it is high time Africa regained its rights vis-a-vis both history and geography: a rich history of African peoples united by centuries of exchanges and diverse ties, and geographical facts which show just how important it is to have integrated, complementary sub-regional groupings.Africa owes it to itself to become a key partner in international cooperation mechanisms, and not just a mere object of this cooperation or a prize others vie for. Africa should no longer be perceived as a vulnerable continent, but rather as a driver of progress.South-South cooperation is not an empty slogan, nor is it an appendix of development policies – one that is restricted to mere technical assistance. South-South cooperation is the result of a homogeneous strategic vision designed to promote the development of states and meet the needs of African populations. It revolves around the potential, skills and expertise of each one of the stakeholders concerned.For this reason, Morocco has made South-South cooperation one of the pillars of its foreign policy as well as a determinant of its international action.It therefore seeks – on its own as well as jointly with partners and sister nations – to implement concrete programs in targeted areas to achieve measurable outcomes in terms of growth and the well-being of the populations of the countries of the South in the economic, social, cultural, environmental and religious domains.Ladies and Gentlemen,Your decision to meet, once again, in the city of Dakhla has more than just a symbolic meaning. It bears witness to the fact that fresh momentum has been given to the vision we have of the Moroccan Sahara as a place conducive to interaction as well as a platform for time-honored human and commercial relations and for the exchange of knowledge between the South and the North.At your previous meeting, I was keen to share with you my ambition to see a new development model crafted for this region which is so dear to me. It is the result of a promising strategy through which we seek to bring our three southern provinces to a level of development that will enable them to fully play their role as an African economic hub and as a bridge between Europe, the Arab Maghreb the Sahel region.Today, development plans are a tangible reality. During recent visits to the Sahara region, I launched a number of large-scale development projects, honoring my commitment to the citizens of our southern provinces.We are about to create competitive economic hubs to stimulate growth, provide jobs, enhance cultural expression, uphold human rights and protect the environment.These hubs are expected to support productive sectors, such as agriculture, sea fishing and ecotourism, while also enhancing land, air and sea transport networks between the southern provinces and the Kingdom’s other regions on the one hand, and between the region and other African countries on the other.Special attention has also been paid to the social side through, for example, the implementation of a number of projects to improve the quality of education as well as health and socio-economic services.I wanted these structural projects to coincide with the implementation of advanced regionalization, following the recent regional elections, the establishment of bodies that were elected directly by the citizens and the provision of important constitutional and legal powers as well as financial and human resources.Ladies and Gentlemen,The world in general – and especially our regions – is facing unprecedented environmental challenges. These are not just climate challenges; they also – and more importantly – involve development challenges.Africa should have a say in this global debate. It should neither keep quiet nor allow itself to be dictated to, let alone be forced to choose between development and the preservation of the environment.It is this vision that Morocco has chosen to champion as it prepares to host the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) in Marrakech next November.I hope that this global conference will celebrate South-South cooperation for the preservation of the environment. I also hope it will put Africa and all developing countries at the heart of the international agenda.Our overall objective is to make sure that the voice of a united, strong and determined Africa is heard and that it is heeded.I believe it is up to the international community to devise development patterns that ensure the well-being of people, while meeting the requirements of sustainability.We must all act along these lines and listen to the creative segments in our societies, namely our youth, for they are the ones who are innovating and who are shaping tomorrow’s world.Your Excellencies,Ladies and Gentlemen,It is the responsibility of States to champion forward-looking plans and to strive to implement them through determined action and structural projects.However ambitious public policies may be, they will remain fragile if they are not fully embraced by the citizens and our civil societies.This is the very essence of sustainable development. To be robust and sustainable, development must be driven by a vision shared by all stakeholders in society, and each one should decide how he or she is going to embody that vision.That is why civil society organizations, women, young people, entrepreneurs and other social groups are important and should be involved in debates and in consultation mechanisms.I know this firmly held belief is shared by the organizers of this meeting, and it is gratifying to note that several platforms will be at the disposal of those segments of society during the coming days.I should like, in this regard, to pay tribute to Mr. Jean-Paul Carteron, President of the Crans Montana Forum, for his commitment to creating platforms throughout the world – and particularly in Africa – for discussion, debate and mutual enrichment.I also wish to commend ISESCO and its Director-General, His Excellency Dr. Abdulaziz Ben Othman Altwajiri, for their continued support for an event that reflects the values and beliefs championed by this prestigious Organization.Thank you.Wassalamu alaikum warahmatullah wabarakatuh.MWN With MAP read more

Emil Ranjan and Rangajeewa further remanded till June 19

Emil Ranjan and Neomal Rangajeewa had been arrested over the 2012 Welikada Prison clashes in which several inmates were killed.Investigators are attempting to uncover who gave orders to kill the inmates during the riot. (Colombo Gazette) Former Prisons Commissioner Emil Ranjan and Inspector of Police (IP) Neomal Rangajeewa, who were arrested over the 2012 Welikada Prison riot, have been further remanded till June 19.The Colombo Magistrate’s Court ordered that Emil Ranjan and Neomal Rangajeewa, who were remanded until today, to be further remanded till June 19. read more

UN human rights envoy deeply concerned by alleged harassment of Tunisian lawyer

Hina Jilani, the Special Representative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Human Rights Defenders, said she had also received reports that clients of Radhia Nasraoui were being coerced into changing their lawyer.Ms. Nasraoui, a lawyer, prominent member of Tunisia’s bar and the president of the Association de Lutte contre la Torture (ALCT), has been on a hunger strike since 15 October. She is now reported to be suffering “serious health consequences,” said Ms. Jilani.Ms. Jilani urged Tunisia to protect its human rights defenders, including Ms. Nasraoui, and to ensure that freedom of expression and association, and the right to offer legal counsel, are respected. read more

New data show US hiring likely stayed weak in September manufacturing activity

WASHINGTON – A trio of reports Thursday offered a reminder that the U.S. economy is struggling to grow and add jobs.The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits last week stayed near a level that signals only weak hiring in September. Manufacturing shrank for a fifth straight month in the Philadelphia region, a sign that weaker global growth has hurt demand for American-made goods.And a measure of future economy activity declined for the second time in three months.The data followed a poor month of hiring in August and the Federal Reserve’s move last week to launch new stimulus measures to give the hobbled recovery a jolt.“There certainly doesn’t appear to be much improvement in the performance of the economy,” said Sam Bullard, senior economist at Wells Fargo Securities. “Manufacturing continues to soften and decelerate. We shouldn’t expect to see substantial gains in hiring or output from manufacturers any time soon.”Thursday’s reports showed:— Weekly applications for unemployment benefits fell by only 3,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 382,000, the Labor Department said. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose for the fifth straight week to 377,750. Applications, which are a proxy for layoffs, typically need to fall below 375,000 consistently to signal the job market is strong enough to lower unemployment.— The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia says its September index of regional manufacturing activity stayed below zero, which signals contraction in the market. While the index rose to -1.9, it has been negative since May. Nearly 23 per cent of firms in the region reported declines in activity this month, only slight improvement from 30 per cent of firms in August. The region includes firms in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey.— The Conference Board said its index of leading indicators dipped 0.1 per cent in August. The report noted that manufacturing orders, consumer confidence and average weekly manufacturing hours all slipped. The index is intended to anticipate economic conditions three to six months out.Hiring has languished since winter, and the unemployment rate remains elevated at 8.1 per cent.U.S. manufacturing, which had helped pulled the economy out of the Great Recession three years ago, has weakened since the spring. Factories have been hurt by a decline in consumer spending and slower global growth that has cut demand for U.S. exports.Many companies are also worried that the economy could worsen if Congress fails to reach a budget deal before the end of the year to prevent taxes from rising and deep cuts in spending.“Businesses clearly remain reluctant to aggressively boost their workforces,” said Jim Baird, chief investment strategist at Plante Moran Financial Advisors, in a note to clients.The housing market has been one of the few bright spots this year. Sales of previously occupied jumped in August to the highest level in two years, the National Association of Realtors said Wednesday. The market has been helped by steady price increases and rock-bottom mortgage rates, which fell again this week.The average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage touched a record low of 3.49 per cent this week, and the 15-year mortgage dropped to a record 2.77 per cent, mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported Thursday.The rates declined after the Fed announced that it plans to spend $40 billion a month to buy mortgage bonds for as long as it thinks necessary to make home buying more affordable.Mark Vitner, senior economist at Wells Fargo, said the stimulus likely helped lower mortgage rates this week and will probably push rates down even further over the next six to nine months.“Housing looks like it’s going to provide a significant lift to the economy over the next year,” Vitner said.Still, overall economic growth remains weak. The economy grew at a tepid 1.7 per cent annual rate in the April-June quarter. The Fed said it expects growth will stay at or below 2 per cent this year, but is slightly more hopeful about the next two yearsBullard is not. He predicts growth will hover around 1.8 per cent next year.“We have an economy that is still struggling with issues like high unemployment and budget deficits and it is going to take some time to address that,” Bullard said.__AP Business Writer Marcy Gordon contributed to this article. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Sep 20, 2012 4:06 pm MDT New data show US hiring likely stayed weak in September, manufacturing activity faltered read more

Empire says healthier food offering and Safeway deal will keep it competitive

by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 12, 2013 8:52 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Empire says healthier food offering and Safeway deal will keep it competitive STELLARTON, N.S. – The parent company of Sobeys Inc.’s said Thursday that a focus on fresh and healthy food and the acquisition of Canada Safeway will keep the grocery chain competitive in an increasingly cutthroat environment.Empire Company Ltd. (TSX: EMP.A) said that while the industry remained “very competitive” in the second quarter, depressing overall gross margin, the impact on adjusted earnings was largely offset by operating cost controls.“The Canada Safeway acquisition, together with ongoing improvement to our store environment, our offering and our focus on executing our sales and productivity initiatives positions us well for sustainable and profitable growth,” chief executive Marc Poulin said in a conference call with analysts to discuss the company’s second-quarter results.But he also warned that upcoming results will still feel the impact of costs associated with the integration of Canada Safeway.“You’ve got to take this overall as part of an overall commitment to deliver on the synergies we’ve identified through the acquisition,” Poulin said.“They do come with initial cost and therefore, I think you can fully anticipate that in Q3 and even Q4 and Q1 next year, you will see a series of one-time costs associated with the restructuring of the business in order to deliver those synergies that will bring the company in a much better place in the long term.”Nova Scotia-based Empire posted an increase in profits for the quarter, but said net earnings contributed by Sobeys declined to $56.3 million from $83.4 million in the second quarter of last year due to lower gross profit and transaction and finance costs related to Empire’s acquisition of Canada Safeway.The grocery business has become increasingly competitive amid consolidation and price wars as giants like Loblaws (TSX:L), pit themselves against Sobeys and Metro (TSX:MRU), as well as U.S. retailers such as Walmart, Target and Costco.Consolidation is seen as a move by Canadian grocers to lower overall costs and increase buying power with manufacturers.Shortly after Sobeys announced its plan to buy the Canadian assets of U.S. grocer Safeway for $5.8 billion this summer, Loblaw acquired Shoppers Drug Mart (TSX:SC) for $12.4 billion in cash and stock.Even online retailer Amazon has got in on the grocery pace, announcing last month that it will be delivering food directly to Canadians’ doorsteps.Empire said the integration of Safeway was going well, adding that “employee morale is high,”“We are also advancing our business and improving our overall customer value proposition through our better food for all movement,” the company said.Sobeys launched a new line of products in November, developed with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who is also acting as a spokesperson for the grocer.The Nova Scotia-based company said Thursday its second-quarter profit rose to $169.2 million from $91.9 million a year ago.The consolidated net earnings, which included earnings from discontinued operations, equalled $2.48 per diluted share and compared with $1.35 per diluted share in the second quarter last year.However, adjusted net earnings from continuing operations were $78.1 million or $1.15 per diluted share, compared with $82.7 million or $1.21 per diluted share in the year-ago period. Sales rose to $4.43 billion for the quarter ended Nov. 2, from $4.35 billion.Sobeys reported sales of $4.42 billion, an increase of $86.4 million or two per cent from $4.33 billion.Before the end of the quarter, Empire completed the sale of 46 movie theatres to Cineplex Inc. and Landmark Cinemas by its Empire Theatres division, a deal that had been announced in June.Note to readers: CORRECTS previous year’s sales figure to $4.35 billion read more

December home sales in Canada down from November real estate association says

OTTAWA – Canadian home sales were up from a year ago in December, but slid lower compared with the previous month for the third consecutive time, the Canadian Real Estate Association says.The industry association said Wednesday that the number of sales last month was up 12.9 per cent compared with December 2012, and the national average price was up 10.4 per cent to $389,119.However the December’s sales, through the multiple listing service, were down 1.8 per cent from November, continuing a downward trend that began with CREA’s October report.“Activity has gradually eased back from stronger than expected levels last summer and is now roughly in line with the 10-year monthly average,” CREA president Laura Leyser said.“We’ll likely continue getting mixed signals in the months ahead, with positive year-over-year comparisons for sales masking the recent moderation in the monthly sales trend.”For the full year, there were 457,893 homes sold through the MLS system, up eight-tenths of a per cent from 2012.Economists and policy-makers have been scrutinizing the Canadian housing market for indications of weakness and warning signs of a possible crash.However, BMO senior economist Robert Kavcic said it was hard to find evidence to suggest anything by a soft landing for the market.“Look for current balanced conditions and somewhat higher interest rates to lead to steady sales this year, with price growth tucked neatly below the rate of income growth,” Kavcic said.TD economist Diana Petramala noted that some of the weakness in December may have been due to the freezing weather.“However, higher mortgage interest rates appear to be taking some steam out of home demand, particularly for first time homebuyers,” Petramala wrote in a report.“Five-year mortgage rates have risen by 70 basis points since May. Going forward, a continued increase in longer term interest rates will offset improving economic conditions, helping to keep home sales stable in 2014 and 2015.”While home sales in December were down compared with November on a national basis, roughly 60 per cent of the local markets across the country saw lower sales.Declines in Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto more than offset gains in Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and St. Catharines, Ont.Meanwhile, the number of newly listed homes fell 4.3 per cent on a month-over-month basis in December.The national sales-to-new listings ratio climbed to 55 per cent in December compared to 53.6 per cent in November. by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 15, 2014 7:32 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email December home sales in Canada down from November, real estate association says A real estate agent puts up a “sold” sign in front of a house in Toronto in a file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese read more

UN calls on countries to ensure access to water and sanitation in

“The future development agenda must aim at tackling the most persistent of all challenges: inequalities in access to essential services to realize people’s rights,” the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, the Government of Finland and Water Aid, said in a joint press release.“Crucially, among these essential services, it must aim for every person to have equal access to water, sanitation and hygiene. Special attention should be given to women and girls, who are disproportionately affected by the lack of these services.”The group stated that countries must build on the lessons learned working towards the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which are set to expire in 2015. The eight MDGs set specific targets on poverty alleviation, education, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, HIV/AIDS reduction, and a ‘Global Partnership for Development.’“On the eve of the consultations on the post-2015 development agenda, we believe that the world must achieve and build on the MDGs, but must also craft even more ambitious goals. The goals must create incentives for change – a change that will reach every single woman, man, boy and girl,” it said. The group also noted that States have a responsibility to respond to the millions of people who are marginalized on a daily basis and do not have access to basic services.“We must have a world that recognizes and responds to the millions and millions who for too long have remained hidden within aggregate statistics that mask the reality of life without safe drinking-water and sanitation: children, women, people with disabilities and those living in remote areas and urban slums.“The post-2015 agenda must not move forward without clear objectives towards the elimination of discrimination and inequalities in access to water, sanitation and hygiene.” read more

Lana suffers wrist injury on Sunday training in Fairfax

first_imgFacebook Products For Back And Nick Muscle Tension Now Playing Up Next Paige to undergo a second neck surgery, pulled from SummerSlam weekend appearances WWE.com is reporting that Lana suffered an injury to her wrist while training in the ring before last night’s 9/6 WWE live event in Fairfax, Virginia.WWE ringside physician Dr. Amann further addressed the injury noting that Lana suffered a Colles’ fracture and will most likely require surgery that could keep her out for four months.“During a training session [Sunday] afternoon, Lana had sustained an injury in the ring. We attended to her and noticed that she had a deformity of her wrist. We obtained X-rays which showed a Colles’ fracture and [we put her] in a splint. Most of these Colles’ fractures do better surgically than non-surgically, especially in younger patients. Most likely this will require an operation, which will take her out of active competition for approximately four months.”WWE: Lana injured while training in Fairfax, VirginiaRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipProducts For Back And Nick Muscle TensionVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WhatsApp Google+ Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pinterest Ronda Rousey sustains a gruesome finger injury on the set of “9-1-1”, underwent surgery center_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Trump set to ban flavored e-cigarettes Roman Reigns is in Remission People Are Dying From Vaping And Experts Don’t Know Why Make No Mistake, Vaping Can Hurt Your Lungs Ruby Riott undergoes second shoulder surgery of the year, Rachel Evers has knee surgerylast_img read more

Roy Hodgson signs new oneyear deal at Crystal Palace

first_imgCrystal Palace have announced that manager Roy Hodgson has signed a new one-year deal at the clubThe former Liverpool and England boss was appointed by the Eagles in September 2017 and impressively guided the club from bottom of the Premier League table without a single point or goal after seven games to a respectable 11th-place finish.Now Palace have awarded Hodgson with a new deal that will see him remain at Selhurst Park until at least the end of the 2019-20 campaign.“I am delighted to have extended my contract with Crystal Palace. It is a club that has been close to my heart since I was a youngster growing up in the borough of Croydon, and having stood on the terraces in the 1950s, it is a wonderful thing to be managing my boyhood club all these years later,” Hodgson told the club website.“We can be proud of our achievements last season in turning things around despite a poor start, but this year we want to ensure we don’t endure the same struggles. I am thrilled that I have the support of the owners, who believe that I am the right man to help this club move forward and I will do everything I can to make that happen.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding ar Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Chairman Steve Parish added: “I’m thrilled that Roy has agreed to extend his contract and I know the news will be a big lift to everyone connected with the club.“We are looking to build on the hard work and results achieved last season and I believe this is the most important part of making that happen. It’s of course fantastic that Roy has a long connection with the club and I think that understanding the South London mentality is a benefit but make no mistake he’s here because he’s the very best man for the job as we look to take this club forward on and off the pitch.“I am equally pleased that Ray Lewington has also extended for the same period, putting us in great shape for this season and beyond.”Palace will face Hodgson’s former club Fulham on Saturday for their first game of the new Premier League seasonlast_img read more

Legend spurs local directors horror film

first_imgVancouver director Nick Hagen wants to make sure Clark County residents can see his new horror film, “Black Eyed Kids,” before Earth is destroyed.So he’s planned the premiere at Kiggins Theatre on Dec. 20, a full day before the supposed apocalypse predicted by the Mayans, he said.“When I was looking at dates to release it, I figured we’d better get it out before the world ends,” Hagen said with a laugh.Hagen’s eerie horror series “Haunted Sunshine Girl” continues to be a hit on YouTube, with more than 10 million video views and 20,000 subscribers. The movie, a spinoff of that series, has been in the works for about a year.It takes the characters from “Sunshine” on an adventure, as they investigate the origins of the occult legend of the black-eyed kids.The story in the film is fictional, but reports of black-eyed kids sightings, especially in and around Portland, are very real, Hagen said.“Black-eyed kids is an urban legend that’s been floating around on the Internet for years now,” Hagen said. “I always thought it was fascinating.”last_img read more

Report Magazine DieOff Slows But So Do New Launches

first_imgOnly 22 magazines folded during the first period of 2010, according to the latest report from online magazine database MediaFinder.com. That’s a dramatic reduction in the number of publications that died off during the same period last year: 95. It’s good news for an industry that has experienced a severe contraction since before the onset of the economic recession.But before we begin to think the magazine industry is poised for significant growth, MediaFinder’s report noted that only 25 new titles launched during the first three months, compared to 110 during the first quarter last year. Seven publications ceased print operations and went online-only, versus 16 in 2009.Among the 22 new titles, the three categories that saw the most action were health, food and home, MediaFinder says. Some launches in the health category included Walk It Off and Livestrong Quarterly, the magazine for Lance Armstrong’s cancer foundation.last_img read more

Back Stage Plans Relaunch Expansion

first_img“The catalyst for this whole refresh is making the product better for the audience,” says Amato. “We want to apply more best practices online to make job searching really easy—one click to get the most relevant information and introducing digital asset incorporation with the ability to upload cover letters and resumes.” For the magazine, the publication will be examining how people read Back Stage in addition to analyzing what articles and departments are most liked and read. From there, Amato says, the magazine will be expanding those areas and making the publication easier to digest, skim and interact with. The company’s tradeshow division will also be expanded under the relaunch. “Actorfest is now in its 20th year, and we have historically done it in Los Angeles and New York, the two central hubs for acting,” says Amato. “What’s happening now is the world is getting much smaller. You can actually apply for castings in New York when you live in China—and as long you have a smartphone that takes video, you can submit to a casting director. We’ve decided now to take Hollywood to your hometown and expand our Actorfest events division to Philadelphia, Michigan, Las Vegas, Chicago and Austin, Texas.” In October 2010, it was reported that Prometheus Global Media (formerly e5 Global Media) acquired Back Stage and other properties, eventually forming a strategic alliance with Back Stage LLC through a group of investors led by Amato. When asked about the strategic alliance, Amato declined to give details on the relationship between the companies, or disclose whether Prometheus holds a majority or minority stake in Back Stage. “We don’t comment on the ownership structure of the publication or financials,” says Amato. Weekly magazine Back Stage is re-launching its print publication and website to better capture best practices for individuals actively seeking news, information and careers in the preforming-arts industries. In addition to its print re-launch, the company’s chairman announced that the group would be rolling out an updated version of its website; enhancing its live events portfolio and introducing a new publisher. “The essential function of Back Stage is to help preforming artists get jobs and get educated about their careers,” says John Amato, chairman and CEO of Back Stage LLC. “We looked at this re-launch holistically and asked what are some of the best practices across all industries online right now for helping people get jobs and get educated. We asked what are some of the more functional utilities for print publications that are out there. We hired some of the best firms in the world and internally hired some of the best people out there to accomplish some of these goals. This whole strategy is really a refresh.” In line with the relaunch, Charlie Weiss has been named vice president and publisher, joining the company from healthcare media company Intellisphere. Weiss replaces Jeff Black, formerly publisher and general manager. Additionally, the company has added personnel to focus on castings and community outreach. Back Stage generates close to 2 million unique visitors a month, while 16 million job searches are performed on the site annually. Amato estimates that the print edition has a sell-through rate about 10 percent above average. In the first quarter of this year, Back Stage experienced a growth rate of more than 400 percent for new subscribers when compared to the same period one year ago, with Web traffic growing by about 20 percent. last_img read more

Vin Diesel pays tribute to Paul Walker on death anniversary

first_imgVin Diesel and his Fast & Furious castmates paid tribute to Paul Walker on the second anniversary of the actor’s death.Walker was killed when the sportscar he was a passenger in slammed into a light pole in Santa Clarita, California and burst into flames, reported In Touch magazine.Two years later, his co-stars from the blockbuster franchise have taken to social media to remember their friend, and Diesel led the tributes with a touching post on his Facebook page. Also Read – A fresh blend of fame“No matter where you are in this universe, you will always be, my brother,” he wrote.Diesel also shared a photo of himself sitting next to his late friend on Instagram, with the phrase “Brotherhood has no limits” displayed above it.Actor Jordana Brewster, who played Walker’s onscreen love interest, also posted a photo of the actor on Instagram, and offered up a quote by writer Ralph Waldo Emerson as her tribute. “The largest part of his power was latent,” she wrote. Also Read – Martin Freeman confirms ‘Black Panther’ return“This is that which we call Character, a reserved force which acts directly by presence, and without means.#paulwalkerforever.”  The second anniversary of Walker’s death comes just days after the actor’s father filed a wrongful death suit against Porsche bosses, claiming insufficient safety equipment in the car in which he was passenger was to blame for his son’s death and not the accident itself.last_img read more

VIDEO Vontaze Burfict faces 5game suspension for this defenseless shot against the

first_imgCincy linebacker Vontaze Burfict made the highlights yesterday with a pick six yesterday off Kirk Cousins, but today he’s in the news for a more familiar reason, he’s facing a potential 5-game suspension from the NFL for a cheap shot in last week’s preseason game against the Chiefs.The NFL is alleging that Burfict’s defenseless de-cleating of KC fullback Anthony Sherman is worthy of a suspension under league rules. Burfict faces the lengthy suspension because he is a repeat offender, stemming from his 2015 playoff headhunting of Antonio Brown. According to Adam Schefter, he will appeal the decision.Here’s the hit:The hit vs. Chiefs that resulted in Vontaze Burfict receiving a 5-game suspension that he’s now appealing. ?pic.twitter.com/KwxnCwqrbH— Leading Sports Media (@LeadingSports_) August 28, 2017 Advertisement Here’s the infamous head shot on Antonio Brown that landed Burfict in hot water with the league, initially:¡Malas noticias para @steelers! Antonio Brown no jugará ante Denver por este golpazo que le propinó Vontaze Burfict. pic.twitter.com/9bozt2mCMn— Comex Masters (@ComexMasters) January 15, 2016last_img read more

Thousands visit local graves in celebration of Dia de Muertos

first_imgCancun, Riviera Maya — Thousands of people were counted entering the local panteóns in Cancun and Playa del Carmen as they paid tribute to their loves ones for the days of Día de Muertos.Local graveyards recorded an average of 8,000 per day as friends and family members headed into the panteóns to remember their loved ones. There were no tears shed since Día de Muertos is about celebrating lives, which is traditionally done with photos, flowers, food and favorite items including toys for children who have died.Auric Oliver Maquinay, director of Public Services in Solidaridad reported thousands of people arriving at the grave site with hundreds coming in the evening. Vendors were outside the entrances where visitors were able to buy flowers, candles, incense, food and other objects traditionally placed on the tombs and altars of the deceased.Photo: Instituto de la Cultura y las ArtesA majority of the grave sites also offered prayers for the arrival of the souls in celebración del Hanal Pixan, a Maya tradition. While some stood and listened to the sermon, others finished arranging graves or enjoyed the traditional food that is offered to the deceased such as mucbilpollo and tamales. Many grave sites also had live music by mariachis.Dia de Muertos is celebrated around Mexico by some on the eve of October 31, but traditionally, it is celebrated around the country November 1 and 2.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)last_img read more