Two decades after quitting politics McKenna carves out premier emeritus role

first_imgFREDERICTON – Twenty years ago Friday, Frank McKenna fulfilled a promise and resigned as New Brunswick premier, exactly one decade to the day after he took power.He did not, however, leave the public stage.Instead, he has carved out a new role — a sort of “premier emeritus” who both cheerleads for the Maritimes and offers harsh truths about its economic malaise.“He’s candid. He says what’s on his mind and he has a very good mind. He has never forgotten New Brunswick and has never forgotten his roots,” said Nova Scotia MP Scott Brison, president of the federal Treasury Board.Brison said it’s no surprise that McKenna continues to speak out on public policy — and that people want to listen.On Wednesday night, he was in Halifax, speaking on trade and immigration at the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies.When Energy East died last week, there was McKenna — on BNN, CTV and elsewhere, saying the Maritimes were “royally steamed at losing out of being part of the national dream with all of those jobs and opportunity.”The 69-year-old deputy chairman of Toronto-Dominion Bank has pushed for greater immigration as an antidote to a declining population base, and warned about “alarming levels” of government debt in New Brunswick.“Our destiny is looking increasingly desperate. A tsunami is coming and the early waves are starting to hit our shore. It is not hyperbole to say that we are literally facing an extinction event if we do not take action,” McKenna said in a November 2015 speech.In an interview, McKenna said he tries to “pick my spots,” and usually talks to current leaders before he speaks out. But he wants the region to have some needed conversations.“I just feel that I’ve had enough experience and knowledge that I can contribute to the debate and at least provoke the debate,” said McKenna, who lives in Toronto but maintains a vacation property in his home province.“I do think it’s helpful for all of us who have left public life to maintain an interest and be part of the debates. We should have learned something from our mistakes, if not our successes and we should be able to pass that on.”Don Desserud, a political scientist at the University of Prince Edward Island who closely follows New Brunswick politics, said “premier emeritus” is a good way to describe McKenna.“He has a very strong reputation for being a clear speaker, a clear thinker, a person with a lot of integrity, a lot of intelligence. Not everyone agrees with Frank McKenna’s take on economic and political issues, but everyone agrees that he brings thought to it, and brings a sincerity that the public craves,” Desserud said.“You always got the sense that he believes strongly that New Brunswick could succeed, that Canada should succeed, and that everything he said was designed to help and bring some level of greater prosperity to the province and the region of the country.”McKenna was born in rural Apohaqui, N.B. He established a successful law practice in Chatham, N.B., before entering provincial politics in 1982. Three years later he became Liberal leader, and on Oct. 13, 1987, the party captured all 58 seats in the legislature.He quit a decade later, later serving as Canada’s ambassador to the United States and making his mark in business and banking. He has served as chairman of CanWest Global, and on the boards of Noranda, Shoppers Drug Mart and General Motors. He is currently chairman of Brookfield Asset ManagementMcKenna would likely have been the front-runner for the federal Liberal leadership in 2006, but chose not to run in the race to replace Paul Martin. Donald Savoie, a Moncton professor and author, said McKenna would have likely become prime minister had he run.But Savoie said his friend has carved out a valuable role for himself in his political retirement.“His commitment to the province is still as strong as when he was first elected,” said Savoie, Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Governance at the University of Moncton.“He’s still not only saying things, but also doing things. He’s moving TD jobs to New Brunswick, being front and centre on the pipeline debate. There’s no question that his heart is in New Brunswick,” Savoie said.In May, McKenna announced plans for a new TD call centre in Moncton — the bank’s second in the province — that the New Brunswick government said would create up to 575 full-time jobs.“Every day I work on projects that will be good for our region. Even within TD Bank we’ve been able to bring jobs this way and would like to bring more,” McKenna said.“I really enjoy what I do now. I have a lot of freedom to become involved in humanitarian issues and political issues at various levels that I find very stimulating and I love doing it.”last_img read more

Spiralling violence in far eastern DR Congo leads UN mission to send

31 August 2007The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has sent in reinforcement troops and stepped up the diplomatic pressure on both sides of the opposing factions of the armed forces in the volatile far east of the country in a bid to stop the fighting there that has forced thousands of Congolese to flee their homes. The mission, known as MONUC, reported today that it has dispatched 200 reinforcement troops to the area around the town of Katale in the Masisi district of North Kivu province, where the worst clashes have been taking place. These troops have been transferred from elsewhere in the two Kivu provinces, which have remained unstable since the official end of the country’s civil war and last year’s historic national presidential and parliamentary elections. MONUC said it has also increased the number of helicopter overflights so it can both obtain a better picture of the situation on the ground and deter further fighting. It is also exerting pressure on both sides of the national armed forces, known as FARDC, which are supposed to have integrated with soldiers from former rebel groups after the conflict. But elements supportive of renegade Gen. Nkunda have been clashing with regular FARDC forces in recent days, and MONUC is trying to urge the two groups to settle their differences through dialogue. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes, who is also UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, is due to arrive in the DRC on Monday for a week-long visit that is expected to include a trip to the Kivu provinces. Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today that at least 9,000 people have had to flee Masisi and neighbouring Rutshuru districts in the past month because of the spiralling tensions. UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis warned reporters in Geneva that “with heightened tensions and the build-up of military forces, the situation risks turning into a humanitarian and human rights disaster.” More than 20 makeshift camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) have emerged in North Kivu since last December as the capacity of local host families to absorb the new arrivals has been overwhelmed. In one camp, at Mugunga, some 15 kilometres west of the regional centre of Goma, some 9,000 people have arrived in the past three weeks, swelling the overall number of residents to 18,000. UNHCR staff in the region report that more IDPs are arriving at other sites each day. More than 650,000 people are now internally displaced within North Kivu, including at least 180,000 since last December. Tens of thousands of others have fled over the border to neighbouring Uganda. The deteriorating security situation means humanitarian agencies have limited access to the IDPs, but UNHCR said it was organizing camp management training for IDP leaders and local authorities in Mugunga. read more

On World Blood Donor Day UN agency stresses value of voluntary donations

The World Health Organization (WHO) is using this year’s World Blood Donor Day, which is being observed today, to highlight the benefits of blood donations that are voluntary – rather than involving payment or family interest.“Access to safe blood is a key component of effective health care and voluntary donors are the cornerstone of a safe blood supply,” Carissa Etienne, Assistant Director-General for Health Systems at WHO, said yesterday in a press statement. “Available, safe blood is particularly crucial to the health of women and children.”Voluntary donors are regarded as the safest source of blood. By donating of their free will, without coercion or payment, they are less likely to hide information about their health status or behaviour that could make them ineligible to donate blood. Regular voluntary donations also ensure a more sustainable blood supply.But only 54 countries have so far achieved 100 per cent voluntary donation, according to WHO, with Thailand, Turkey and Uganda the most recent States to join the list.Less than 45 per cent of the global blood supply is collected in developing or transitional countries, which are home to about four-fifths of the global population. These countries also have the greatest need of stocks of blood and blood products as they bear a disproportionate burden of many diseases.WHO said China and the UAE both deserve credit for making such rapid progress towards an entirely voluntary donation system. In 1990, no donations in the UAE were voluntary, but by 2006 they had reached 97.6 per cent, while China’s rate has risen from 20 per cent to 98.5 per cent in the decade since 1998.The theme of this year’s Day is “Giving Blood Regularly,” an initiative to encourage volunteer donors to return on a regular basis over the long-term. 14 June 2008China and the United Arab Emirates are both close to reaching 100 per cent voluntary donations for their national blood supplies, the United Nations health agency has announced, calling on other countries to use them as models to increase their own stocks of safe blood supplies. read more

Diesels drive July new car market

New car registrations up 1.3 per cent for the year-to-date to 1,564,199 units Following a record month in 2003, new car registrations fell 4.6 per cent in July Diesel registrations match highest ever monthly level with 32.5 per cent of total market Commenting on the new car registrations data, SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘With increasing availability across all vehicle types, diesels are driving forward in 2004. Rising fuel prices, advanced diesel technology and lower CO2 emissions make diesels attractive to consumers. SMMT has increased its forecast for the diesel market share to 33 per cent this year and 36 per cent in 2005. ‘Total new car registrations remain up over the year-to-date due to a fiercely competitive market and some excellent new models. Record registrations in July 2003 set a challenging target for this month, but we expect consumers to remain confident and deliver another strong year for new car registrations.’July 2004 The attached tables show the registration figures for Great Britain, Northern Ireland, The Isle of Man and the Channel Islands in detail. Top performers by range and UK penetration figures are also listed. Providing SMMT is acknowledged as the source of this information, the figures may be quoted. Substantial reproduction needs specific approval by SMMT.Notes to editors 1.July new car registrations in 2003 were at a record 196,762 units. Registrations in July 2004 are 5.7 per cent above the 1999-2003 average level at 187,632 units.2.New car registrations in the UK reached a record 2,579,050 units in 2003, up from 2,563,631 units in 2002 and 2,458,769 units in 2001. For full press release and tables, please click on the link belowDownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

3 Venezuelans deported for entering Guyana illegally

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedVenezuelan nationals charged for entering Guyana illegallyDecember 28, 2018In “Court”Guyanese, Venezuelans charged with illegal entrySeptember 30, 2013In “Crime”Venezuelans charged for illegally entering GuyanaNovember 26, 2015In “Crime” Three Venezuelan nationals who were arrested on July 30, 2017 at Charity village on the Essequibo coast in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) were fined and deported back to their country after they pleaded guilty of entering Guyana illegally.The trio made their first appearance before magistrate Ester Sam at the Charity Magistrate’s court today. They were nabbed during a road-block joint service operations conducted by Police ranks from ‘G’ division. Twenty-seven-year-old Greimar Jose Nedina and 29-year-old Yeisy Soriannys Laguna with 26-year-old Norelki Anderina Cardoza of Venezuela pleaded guilty to entering Guyana illegally .They were fined 30,000 each and was deported back to their homeland, Venezuela which is currently reeling from an economic crisis. read more

Unkur coppersilver looks good to Azarga Metals

first_imgAzarga Metals Corp reports positive findings of an independently prepared PEA for the development of its wholly-owned Unkur copper-silver project in the Zabaikalsky administrative region of eastern Russia. The PEA is based on the current Inferred Mineral Resource estimate for Unkur of 62 Mt at 0.53% Cu and 38.6g/t Ag, containing 328,600 t of copper and 76.8 Moz of silver.Dorian L. (Dusty) Nicol, Azarga Metals’ President and CEO commented, “We are extremely encouraged that even based only on our initial exploration, Unkur is able to demonstrate a positive PEA result.” He then went on to say, “Additional exploration is expected to significantly grow the size of the deposit and this will likely continue to enhance the project economics when an updated PEA is prepared.”Highlights:Positive PEA result achieved based only on 2018 Mineral Resource as an ‘initial option’ with significant growth potentialOpen-pit mine with annual production rate of 2 Mt/y of ore and conventional processing circuit to produce a very high-grade copper and silver concentrateAverage of 13,217 t of copper and 3.70 Moz of silver metal contained in concentrate production per year over eight-year life of minePre-tax NPV of $203.6 million (post-tax $147.5 million) and IRR of 28.9%Updated ‘follow-on’ PEA to be prepared following completion of exploration works to grow the Mineral Resource at Unkur.last_img read more

Les singes ont aussi une capacité de mémoire

first_imgLes singes ont aussi une capacité de mémoireDes scientifiques américains ont découvert que les singes étaient capables de se souvenir d’éléments qu’ils avaient vu, exactement comme les humains.L’Homme n’est pas le seul primate doué de mémoire. C’est ce que viennent tout juste de révéler des chercheurs de l’Université d’Emory aux Etats-Unis. Pour la toute première fois, ceux-ci sont en effet parvenus à fournir la preuve que les singes sont également capables d’emmagasiner des informations et de s’en souvenir. Une découverte qui ouvre de nombreuses voies quant aux capacités de nos lointains cousins. À lire aussiCerveau, Alzheimer et nucléaire, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 26 aoûtDans cette nouvelle étude publiée dans la revue Current Biology, les scientifiques ont entrainé 5 singes rhésus à un nouveau test de mémoire. Celui-ci consistait à reproduire sur un écran une simple figure formée de deux carrés rouges et d’un bleu. Pour cela, les singes étaient placés pendant deux minutes devant la forme initiale. Puis le carré bleu apparaissait à un endroit différent que sa place initiale. L’animal devait alors toucher du doigt sur l’écran, l’endroit où il pensait que les deux carrés rouges devaient aller. Les singes se sont alors révélés être tout à fait capables de redessiner la forme initiale. “La capacité des singes à se souvenir de ces formes avec souplesse suggère qu’ils sont peut être capables de se remémorer d’autres types d’informations qui leur seraient utiles dans la nature […], l’apparence de singes qu’ils connaissent, ce à quoi ressemble leur nourriture préférée ou le chemin qu’ils doivent emprunter pour arriver à une source d’eau”, a expliqué Benjamin Basile, cité par le Daily Mail. Il semblerait ainsi que la mémoire des humains et celle des singes soient bien plus semblables que ce que l’on pensait au départ. Par ailleurs, les scientifiques ont observé que les capacités à se souvenir de ces animaux étaient exactement comme chez nous inférieures aux facultés de reconnaissance. Néanmoins, des études antérieures ont montré que ces deux processus appelaient à des types de mémoire différents chez l’Homme.Familiarité et souvenirCette découverte semble donc indiquer que la capacité de mémoire ne dépendrait pas du langage et aurait pu déjà exister chez notre ancêtre commun il y a plus de 30 millions d’années. Selon les chercheurs, il existerait par ailleurs deux processus bien distincts : le souvenir et la familiarité. Ainsi, Benjamin Basile explique : “La familiarité permettrait peut être de fournir des réponses rapides à la nourriture et aux prédateurs dans des conditions de ‘distraction’, alors que le souvenir serait nécessaire pour accéder à des connaissances sur les lieux où trouver de la nourriture, ou sur des interactions sociales passées”.Le 1 mai 2011 à 20:06 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Lego Celebrates 20 Years of Star Wars With Anniversary Sets

first_img It’s a little hard to believe, but Lego has been making licensed Stars Wars sets for two whole decades. To celebrate, they’re launching five special 20th anniversary sets.And as much as we’d like to give you a specific date when the sets will arrive on store shelves, Lego only says they’ll be coming “later this year.” Patience you must have, young padawan!75262 Imperial Dropship – 20th Anniversary EditionFirst up is the Imperial Dropship. It’s an updated twist on the original that was released back in 2008. The new set features the same four minifigs — a Shadow Trooper and three Stormtroopers. The Dropship itself remains a simple little build with some nice details. This one will sell for $19.99.75258 Anakin’s Podracer – 20th Anniversary EditionThe next set to get an anniversary refresh is Anakin’s Podracer. Lego more than doubled the piece count on this one and the result is very slick-looking. There’s no pit droid in the new set, but you do still get young Anakin and Padme, and Lego throws in an Anniversary Edition Luke Skywalker for good measure. Street price on the set is $29.99.75261 Clone Scout Walker – 20th Anniversary EditionAlso $29.99: the Clone Scout Walker. Like the podracer, this set has been given a major overhaul. It has more than twice as many pieces and additional minifigs. The 2005 version came with a single, lonely Stormtrooper. This time Lego is throwing in bunch of other goodies: a Dwarf Spider Droid, a Wookiee warrior, a Kashyyyk Trooper, and even a special Darth Vader.75259 Snowspeeder – 20th Anniversary EditionNext, there’s the 20th Anniversary Snowspeeder. This one’s more on the scale of the version that helped launch Lego Star Wars back in 1999 than the 1600+ piece UCS edition.  The $39.99, 309-piece set adds some nice refinements (including a handful of stick-on details) and comes with three rebels ready to take on the troopers and their dropship. A snazzy Lando Calrissian has their backs.75243 Slave I – 20th Anniversary EditionLast, but certainly not least, Lego’s giving you yet another chance to own your very own brick-built Slave I. The 20th Anniversary Edition packs just over a thousand pieces into the box and sells for $119.99. In addition to Han and Leia, this reissue comes with three classic bounty hunters: Boba Fett, 4-LOM, and Zuckuss. The Zuckuss minifig is a Lego first, and one that my son is absolutely freaking out about.More on Geek.com:Lego Sets Might Be Better Investments Than GoldRuth Bader Ginsburg Is a Supreme Minifig in ‘The Lego Movie 2’Watch: Chevy’s Life-Size Lego Truck Is Built to Perfection The New Lego UCS Imperial Star Destroyer Is Nearly Four Feet LongLego Makes Building Sets Accessible to the Blind Stay on targetlast_img read more

Girl riding scooter hospitalized after Lauderdale Lakes crash

first_imgLAUDERDALE LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took a 7-year-old girl to the hospital after she was struck by a car while riding her scooter in Lauderdale Lakes.According to Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue, the victim was riding her scooter along the 3100 block of 43rd Street when she was struck by a car at a very low speed, at around 5 p.m., Saturday.The child suffered a bump in the head. The injury is not life-threatening.Paramedics transported her to Broward Health Medical Center. She was alert and talking to paramedics while being treated.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Android 422 Jelly Bean OS Update for Galaxy S 3 Leaks Out

first_imgSamsung’s first test build up of the upcoming Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system for Galaxy S3 was leaked online, even as the news of the delay in the OS update continues to hit the web.The folks at SamMobile, who had a chance to go hands on with the new software version I9300XXUFME, said Samsung is likely to roll out the update for its Galaxy S3 in July or August. Looking at the enhanced features in Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update, Samsung seemed to be bringing a lot of software features which is currently in Galaxy S 4.”Development on Android 4.2.2 update isn’t completely done yet. We do not know if Samsung will bring the new Galaxy S4 Camera features to the Galaxy S3,” SamMobile wrote.New Features in Android 4.2.2 update      Android 4.2.2 – Build ID: JDQ39      New S4 Lockscreen: Multiple widgets, two Unlock effects (Ripple and Light), improved ripple effect than Android 4.1.2, ability to change clock size and set a personal message      New Screen modes (From S4): Adapt Display and Professional Photo      Daydream      Driving mode      Actionable notifications      New Additions in Notification Center      Completely revamped Settings UI (Tabbed interface)      Addition of Voice controls      Gallery modes have white background      Full screen Samsung apps      New S-Voice (from S4)      New smart switch widgetThe South Korean tech giant has been rumoured to roll out the Jelly Bean update for a string of its smartphones in the past couple of months. Earlier this month, SamMobile had tweeted tweeted that the OS update for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 was delayed due to problems with the new TouchWiz and user interface. In addition, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S2 are also expected to receive the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS update.last_img read more

UNESCO endorses Rampal with necessary mitigation measures Foreign ministry

first_img.The foreign ministry claimed that the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO has withdrawn its earlier objection over the construction of Rampal power plant project at its current location.The UNESCO has also spared the Sundarbans from being relegated to the List of World Heritage in Danger.The decision was made at the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee being held in Krakow, Poland, said the foreign ministry here on Thursday.A high-level inter-ministerial delegation, led by adviser to the prime minister on power, energy and mineral resources affairs Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, is participating in the meeting to defend Bangladesh’s position.The 21-member World Heritage Committee decides on whether a cultural or natural site should be inscribed on the World Heritage List, monitors the state of conservation of the inscribed heritage sites, and can place a site on the World Heritage in Danger if found that the site is not being properly managed by the State concerned.The Sundarbans was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1997 in consideration of its outstanding universal value as a unique ecosystem.In recent years, the World Heritage Committee expressed its concern over the state of conservation of the Sundarbans world heritage property and called upon the government of Bangladesh to take a number of steps to improve conservation of the Sundarbans.In addition to the issue of ensuring adequate fresh water flow into the Sundarbans and preventing poaching and over extraction of its resources, the government decision to construct a coal-based power plant at Rampal came under the radar of the World Heritage Committee, said the foreign ministry.Earlier in 2016, a Reactive Monitoring Mission from UNESCO recommended relocation of Rampal power plant considering its likely impact on the Sundarbans.After a long deliberation, the committee endorsed Bangladesh’s decision to construct Rampal power plant at its current location with necessary mitigation measures, the foreign ministry added.The committee in its decision also welcomed a number of steps taken by Bangladesh since 2016 to ensure the conservation of the Sundarbans World Heritage Property.At the request of the committee, Bangladesh agreed to undertake a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the South-West region of the country, including the Sundarbans.Welcoming the committee’s decision, Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury thanked the committee members for helping the government of Bangladesh strike an optimum balance between economic development and heritage conservation.He also assured the committee of Bangladesh’s full cooperation in ensuring conservation of the outstanding universal value of the Sundarbans, a prized possession of the nation.last_img read more

China Opens Artificial IntelligencePowered Park in Beijing

first_img In a bid to transform its capital into a global hub for tech innovation and artificial intelligence (AI), China opened a smart park powered by AI technologies on Thursday in Beijing, according to state-backed Xinhua News Agency.Located in northwest Beijing’s Haidian District, the park features augmented reality (AR) Tai Chi lessons, autonomous shuttle buses, smart walkways tracking people’s steps using facial recognition, smart lamp posts that can record exercise data, and intelligent pavilions equipped with the tech company Baidu’s conversational DuerOS AI assistant.Autonomous buses, smart walkways, augmented reality Tai Chi lessons… You can try all these #AI applications from Baidu in a new smart park in Beijing https://t.co/iQ6IUEAR5e pic.twitter.com/3fPW7bXmVD— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) November 2, 2018The AI park was co-built by the Haidian district and Baidu, the company behind the country’s search giant, as part of a long-term plan to build a smart city. Haidian Park, which underwent a 10-month renovation, was chosen for the pilot program in Beijing.The Haidian district is home to many of China’s biggest tech companies and is considered “China’s Silicon Valley.”Beijing’s Haidian Park upgraded with smart facilities to become city’s first #AI park pic.twitter.com/fvmr9kz2TA— China News 中国新闻网 (@Echinanews) November 2, 2018“Everyone can AI,” Pei Haodong, a spokesperson for Baidu, told the Global Times on Monday.Baidu wants the park to serve as a role model for other urban parks and bring AI closer to everyday life, Pei said.More on Geek.com:China Plans to Launch Artificial MoonRobots to Build Robots at Shanghai FactoryChinese Sexbot Maker Embraces 3D Printing Stay on target Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesMIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven Garments last_img read more

Stay healthy with dried fruits health bars

first_imgAs healthy living has become a catchword these days, people have taken to eating dried fruits and health bars. Experts say these can give natural nutrients. Here’s how dry fruits and nuts used in health snack bars help the cause of healthy living: Dried fruits generally contain more fiber than the same-sized serving of their fresh counterparts. Fiber helps in keeping your digestive system running smoothly. The various dry fruits are packed naturally with a mix of nutritional elements like potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, carotenoids, antioxidants, vitamins, dietary fiber, flavonoids, selenium and more apart from the good quality fat and protein that these provide. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThese help in various ways like increase of good cholesterol, reduction in bad cholesterol, maintaining blood pressure , blood sugar control, thyroid control, improving heart function, bowel movement, skin health, hair control, cancer fighting properties, improving bone health, improved vision, easing digestion and fighting anaemia to name a few. Many of the dry fruits are low in glycemic index, and so, they help slow release of energy and control blood sugar. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBecause most of the water is extracted from fruits, their nutrients are condensed into a small package. Dried fruits like apricots, raisins, prunes and figs contain high amounts of beta carotene, vitamin E, niacin, iron, magnesium, potassium and calcium. Dried fruits contain little to no fat. They also contain significant calories per serving, making them a natural source of energy for athletes. They are also a good supplement for people seeking to gain weight in a healthy way.last_img read more

Isla Mujeres tourists asked to let sea turtles complete nesting cycle

first_imgIsla Mujeres, Q.R. — Environmentalists on Isla Mujeres say they are ready for sea turtle season, adding that last year was the lowest number of turtle nests on record. Delfine Guadalupe García Canto, director of Tortugranja said that this year, the program will include surveillance and rescue of turtle nests through night patrols with the support of volunteers. The municipality of Isla Mujeres, through the Tortugranja organization, has begun the 2019 program of protection and conservation of the sea turtles and say this year, they expect an approximate 1,500 nests. She added that during 2018, only 365 nests with an average of 100 eggs each were rescued, making it the lowest recorded figures. “There are places that are marked where they have signs that say that it is a nesting area for turtle eggs. The most important thing is to respect those signs that exist. If they say no ATVs, respect that,” said García Canto. She added that along with respecting posted signs, tourists are not to touch the turtles seen laying eggs on the beaches, adding that they should also not try to photograph them or try to help them. Let the turtles complete their nesting cycle, she says. 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) She says they have implemented a series of programs where the eggs are protected until hatching and released into the sea. She says since the areas where turtles usually nest are tourist sites, she is calling on domestic and foreign tourists to respect the signs to care for the turtles. last_img read more

Add 64GB of Storage to Your iPhone or iPad With This 1679

first_imgDo you have an iPhone or iPad with 16GB of storage? You can expand it right away with a 64GB Lightning flash drive for a dirt cheap price!Apple made a wise decision bumping the base storage of the iPhone and iPad to 32GB, subsequently 64GB on newer models. But those with 16GB of storage can expand their device’s internal memory immediately with a 64GB Lightning flash drive from OLALA right away, that too for just $16.79 for a limited time.Using this Lightning flash drive, you can backup your photos, videos or even certain documents on the fly. But there’s an interesting part trick up this flash drive’s sleeve as it contains a regular USB 3.0 port as well allowing you to connect it with your PC or Mac to move files around. Also, this flash drive is extremely compact, therefore you can either keep it in your pocket and use it anywhere you like.The flash drive interfaces with your iPhone or iPad using a dedicated app which is a huge convenience. You also get fast 100MB/s transfer speeds thanks to that USB 3.0 port, which means that there’s no way you’ll be slowed down in day to day use.If you’re interested, you can grab the flash drive from the link below. Just don’t forget to add the discount code at checkout to pick this brilliant OLALA product for a marvelous price of just $16.79.Buy OLALA iPhone iPad Flash Drive 64GB USB 3.0 Memory Stick – Was $41.99, Now just $16.79 using discount code 60OLALA1P Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

Sentencing in Chile begins to bring closure in 41yearold murder cases of

first_imgAlso see our special report, “Pinochet’s Arrest Remembered,” published last October. Last Wednesday in Santiago, Chile, Judge Jorge Zepeda’s office made public the results of a 14-year legal battle. The case stems from the 1973 murders of two U.S. citizens – Frank Teruggi and Charles Horman – in the days following a brutal coup d’état against the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende. Teruggi, 24, and Horman, 31, had both gone to Chile to see and experience the new Chilean government. Allende died in the coup, thousands of Chileans were subsequently killed, and many more were imprisoned and tortured during the 17-year rule of dictator Augusto Pinochet.The court ruling, issued on Jan. 9 but held for nearly three weeks until all of the parties were notified, sentences Pedro Espinoza, a former Chilean army colonel, to seven years in the killings of both men. Additionally, Rafael González, who worked for Chilean Air Force Intelligence as a “civilian counterintelligence agent,” was sentenced to two years of police supervision as an accomplice in the Horman murder only. Espinoza is currently serving multiple sentences for other human rights crimes as well. Frank Teruggi, far left, and friends in Santiago. (Courtesy Teruggi family)The families of Teruggi and Horman also were awarded a cash settlement. Under Chilean law, a mandated appeal process will take place before final action is taken.Janis Teruggi Page, Frank Teruggi’s sister, told The Tico Times: “Joyce Horman [Charles Horman’s widow] and I still have an appeals process to get through, which may last six more months. We also intend to increase our support for Universal Jurisdiction, because the arrest of Pinochet made investigations possible in Chile, and internationalized the crimes and took away sovereign immunity for torture.”This month’s sentencing followed a ruling last June by Judge Zepeda that found that the two North Americans, in separate incidents, had been killed by Chilean military officials based on information provided to them by U.S. intelligence operatives in Chile. Judge Zepeda’s investigation, which began in 2000, asserted that the targeted killings were part of “a secret United States information-gathering operation carried out by the U.S. MILGROUP in Chile on the political activities of American citizens in the United States and in Chile.” Declassified FBI documents on Frank Teruggi. Norman Stockwell/The Tico TimesOne piece of evidence, an FBI memo dated Oct. 25, 1972 – 11 months before Frank’s arrest following the coup – listed Teruggi’s street address in Santiago. If this document had been shared with Chilean security forces, it certainly would have allowed them to locate him quite easily for arrest.A September 2000 U.S. Intelligence Community report affirmed that the CIA “actively supported the military Junta after the overthrow of Allende.” But, in spite of this admission, much of the specifics of the U.S. role remain obscured.“After 14 years of investigation, the Chilean courts have provided new details on how and why Charles Horman and Frank Teruggi were targeted and executed by Pinochet’s forces,” said Peter Kornbluh, author of “The Pinochet File.” “But legal evidence and the verdict of history remain elusive on the furtive U.S. role in the aftermath of the military coup.”Kornbluh is a senior analyst at the National Security Archive, an independent nongovernmental research institute and library located at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., that has been collecting and analyzing documents about the U.S. role in the Chilean coup since the mid-1980s. In June 2000, they released an electronic briefing book of documents relating to the deaths of Teruggi and Horman. These documents and others were part of the evidence reviewed by Judge Zepeda. Charles Horman reading The New York Times in 1970. (Courtesy Joyce Horman)In 2011, Zepeda, a Chilean special investigative judge, indicted and attempted to extradite former U.S. Navy Capt. Ray Davis, who was head of the U.S. Military Group at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago at the time of the coup. Davis, it was later discovered, had left the United States in 2011 and was living secretly in Chile, where he died at the age of 88 in a nursing home in April 2013 – before he could be located by authorities. His death leaves many questions unanswered.The 1982 film “Missing” portrays Ray Davis (called “Capt. Ray Tower” in the movie) and other U.S. Embassy officials as being much more involved in the coup and its aftermath than the U.S. public was aware. In an attempt to gain more understanding of what had happened to his son, Frank Teruggi Sr. joined a delegation that traveled to Chile from Feb. 16-23, 1974. The group, called the Chicago Commission of Inquiry into the Status of Human Rights in Chile, stated in its report (excerpted and printed in the New York Review of Books on May 30, 1974): “The Embassy of the United States seems to have made no serious efforts to protect the American citizens present in Chile during and after the military takeover.” Gen. Augusto Pinochet, center-left, and Henry Kissinger, right, shake hands during a 1976 meeting. (Wikimedia Commons/Chilean Foreign Ministry)Janis Teruggi Page said that she and Joyce Horman now would like the U.S government to look into these killings more thoroughly.“We are now asking the U.S. Navy, the State Department and the CIA to investigate on the basis of the information [in Judge Zepeda’s ruling] pointing to U.S. officials, especially Captain Ray Davis,” she told The Tico Times.The importance of Judge Zepeda’s ruling, and the fact that it clearly indicts a U.S. official for having a role in these deaths, may help to move the investigations forward, but the full extent of involvement by the U.S. government in these events may never be known. After the sentences were announced this week, Frank Teruggi’s sister, Janis Teruggi Page, told journalist Pascale Bonnefoy in the New York Times, “Frank, a charitable and peace-loving young man, was the victim of a calculated crime by the Chilean military, but the question of U.S. complicity remains yet to be answered.” (Courtesy of the Tony Auth Archive)Norman Stockwell is a freelance journalist based in Madison, Wisconsin, and serves as operations coordinator at WORT-FM Community Radio. His 1998 article on Madisonians who experienced the coup in Chile can be found here. His previous articles on Frank Teruggi have appeared at Progressive.org and in The Tico Times. Facebook Comments Related posts:After 30 years, mother hopes for justice in son’s murder during Chilean protest Chile to try former secret police for diplomat’s death Automotores Orletti: Memories of the Argentine dictatorship The undoing of Gary Webb and today’s news organizationslast_img read more

House passes bill allowing governmental entities businesses organizations to stock EpiPens

first_img The House today passed legislation to further protect individuals suffering from dangerous and life-threatening food allergies.Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons’ House Bill 4438 will allow businesses, recreation centers/camps, youth sports leagues, amusement parks and sports arenas to stock auto injector devices to protect patrons who come in contact with allergens that trigger anaphylactic shock. Last term, Rep. Lyons sponsored Public Acts 186 and 187 to require EpiPens be stocked in school buildings across the state.“When it comes to serious allergic reactions, minutes matter and simple treatments can save lives,” said Rep. Lyons, R-Alto.  “Last year, I was proud to work with parents, school nurses and physicians from across the state to place epinephrine in Michigan schools and we’ve already received feedback that an EpiPen played a critical role in saving the life of a student who suffered a reaction while at school.“Expanding the option for any business, organization or venue where there’s a risk of anaphylaxis to stock this simple, lifesaving treatment takes the next step towards saving lives and keeping people, especially children, safe.”The auto injectors are simple devices used to immediately get epinephrine into the allergy victim’s system, slowing down the allergic reaction to give emergency personnel time to treat and save lives.Food allergies have become a serious issue for children and families across the nation. More than 15 million Americans—including 6 million children—suffer from food allergies.A person experiencing anaphylaxis needs to receive an epinephrine injection immediately, as rapid decline and death can occur within 15 to 60 minutes, according to the National Institutes of Health.HB 4438 now goes to the Senate for further consideration. 16Sep House passes bill allowing governmental entities, businesses, organizations to stock EpiPens Categories: Newslast_img read more

Rep LaSata plans local May and June office hours

first_img State Rep. Kim LaSata would like to invite residents of Berrien County to her scheduled office hours for May and June.“Being accessible is a top priority for me,” LaSata said. “These local office hours give me a chance to meet with people to learn what matters most to them.”The office hours take place at the following times and locations:Friday, May 269 to 10 a.m. at Olympus Restaurant, 9735 Red Arrow Hwy., Bridgman;Friday, June 211 a.m. to noon at The Mason Jar Café, 210 Water St., Benton Harbor; andMonday, June 129 to 10 a.m. at the Hot Spot, 361 E. St. Joseph St., Coloma.No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact her Lansing office by phone at 517-373-1403 or via email at KimLaSata@house.mi.gov. Categories: LaSata News 19May Rep. LaSata plans local May and June office hourslast_img read more

Minimum Wage Tough Choices for States Cities and Nonprofits

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesApril 15, 2014; StatelineHopefully, nonprofits are on the side of raising the minimum wage in their states and ensuring that their own employees are beneficiaries. This year already, five states—Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Minnesota, and West Virginia—and the District of Columbia have increased their minimum wage levels above the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour. That means more than half of the states will be above the federal minimum wage. Other states with increases progressing in their legislatures include Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Vermont.It’s not just states. Cities are enacting their own minimum wage standards, sometimes because Republican governors or legislatures have nixed state-level measures. The National Employment Law Project reports that 120 cities have legislated their own minimum wage levels higher than either state or federal levels, including San Francisco and San Jose in California and Montgomery County and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland.The interesting factor here is that these minimum wage campaigns are revealing another divide in this country. With the exception of Idaho, the states with the most workers at or below minimum wage, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, are all in the South or Southwest: Tennessee, 7.4 percent; Idaho, 7.1 percent; Alabama, 6.8 percent; Arkansas, 6.8 percent; Texas, 6.4 percent; Oklahoma, 6.3 percent; Indiana, 6.2 percent; Virginia, 6.2 percent; Mississippi, 6.1 percent; North Carolina, 5.8 percent; and South Carolina at 5.8 percent.In some cases, these proposed minimum wage increases have put some nonprofits into a quandary. Seattle is contemplating a raise in its minimum wage to $15 an hour, which prompted the Seattle Human Services Coalition to poll its nonprofit members on the potential impacts of a higher minimum wage. The survey report noted that “one organization that provides critical mental health, shelter, day, and hygiene services as well as meals for hundreds of people in Seattle estimated the cost of $1,000,000 annually to bring all employees up to a $15/hour minimum wage and maintain current services.” The report noted that the proposed minimum wage increase could impact 209 employees of another multi-services agency in the survey. Twenty-one of the 29 respondents indicated that without offset funding, they would have to reduce services or shut down with the higher minimum wage.In a separate commentary in the Seattle Times, Sylvia Furstenberg from The Arc of King County raised those concerns as well as the problem of equity adjustment costs to compensate employees currently above the $15/hour level, who would see the increases of workers below their salaries as indicating that their previously higher pay levels were no longer reflective of their higher value to the organization. Tallying up all the problems, she wrote, “We cannot achieve shared prosperity by passing a plan that risks putting nonprofits out of business, leaving vulnerable citizens without support.”Conservatives quickly latched on to the SHSC report as evidence that nonprofits paying low wages are in roughly the same position as minimum wage restaurants and retailers, forced to reduce employment (or services) in the wake of a minimum wage increase. They failed to report, however, the opening line of the SHSC report:“The Seattle Human Services Coalition recognizes the importance of a livable minimum wage in addressing poverty in our community. SHSC fully supports raising the minimum wage for all human services workers (and others) to $15/hr.”Nonprofits are a diverse lot on the issue of wages. For example, Department of Labor rules generally do not allow unpaid internships for for-profit employers, but the Department hasn’t been particularly vigorous in enforcing the rule. In some cases, it is because the interns themselves are reluctant to complain, fearing that it might jeopardize their future job prospects. However, with about 38 percent of the unpaid half-million interns working for for-profits, it is striking that 13 college presidents, including John Sexton of the nonprofit New York University, wrote to the Department of Labor as soon as the unpaid internship guidelines were announced, asking the Department to reconsider plans to step up enforcement of the law. Although violations of the law, the unpaid internships with for-profits represented something that the nonprofit colleges and universities were encouraging. If unpaid internships with for-profit employers sought by nonprofit educators and subminimum wage levels for some nonprofit employees sought by nonprofit service providers become the norm, it could turn into a “parade of horribles” of exemptions that undermine the principles and purpose of minimum wage laws.Will nonprofits support increased local and state minimum wage statutes in public and behind the scenes? Or will they say that boosting the minimum wage without a commensurate increase in public funding to pay for increased service costs means that nonprofits cannot absorb and therefore cannot fully support the measures?—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

NYC Real Estate Bane and Boon for Nonprofits Rents Rise as Tech

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares stockelements / Shutterstock.comApril 20, 2014; Crain’s New YorkNPQ has written a number of newswires on the fact that many nonprofits with their own buildings are selling them for high prices in a commercial real estate market that is over the roof. Unfortunately, the same dynamic is creating a rent crunch for many other organizations.The Touro College and University System has been looking for new space for two years, and it has only three more months to find 300,000 square feet of space in Manhattan at a price they can afford. Dr. Alan Kadish, president and chief executive of the nonprofit school, said that rents have gone up significantly, due in part to new technology firms that are competing for space in loftlike buildings and driving up rents.Suzanne Sunshine, president of S. Sunshine & Associates, a real estate brokerage firm that specializes in nonprofits, says that the digital boom has created a new reality for them. Carlo Altomare, founder of Alchemical Theatre Laboratory, agrees. “What landlords want is a tech startup that has $20 million in venture-capital money,” he said. He recently went through a 14-month search before finding space; he said that one landlord did offer reasonable rent, but only on the condition that the organization would renovate the space, complete with asbestos removal.“I was at the end of my rope,” he said. Even now, they only have a three-year lease on the space the theater finally settled on.In addition to having a less desirable budget, some nonprofits must search for a landlord who appreciates what they do. One group, Publicolor, runs a variety of educational and youth-development programs. It’s financially healthy and it wants to double its space to 7,000 square feet so it will not need to turn away children due to lack of space. However, it must be near public transportation, needs a landlord comfortable with a child-centered enterprise, and its budget means it can’t spend more than $40 per square foot. This makes the search far more complicated.—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more