Canada to rejoin NAFTA talks after US Mexico agree to overhaul trade

first_imgCanada will rejoin face-to-face negotiations with the United States and Mexico on Tuesday after the two continental partners reached a deal that has raised fresh concerns about the fate of the North American Free Trade Agreement.U.S. President Donald Trump announced Monday that his administration and Mexico agreed on a bilateral trade framework with the potential for big implications for Canada.He insisted the U.S.-Mexican progress created the foundation for an overhaul — or perhaps the termination — of the three-country agreement.Trump, a harsh critic of NAFTA, even mused about renaming the deal the “United States-Mexico trade agreement” to wash away the “bad connotations” linked to the 24-year-old pact.He extended an invitation to Ottawa to join what he cast as American-Mexican negotiations that have stretched through the summer without Canadian officials at the table.In doing so, he also hit Canada with a threat: if the country doesn’t become part of the new trade deal, he would enact devastating tariffs on automotive imports.“We’ll start negotiating with Canada relatively soon, they want to negotiate very badly,” Trump said in the Oval Office, with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto joining by speaker phone.“But one way or the other, we have a deal with Canada. It will either be a tariff on cars, or it will be a negotiated deal; and frankly a tariff on cars is a much easier way to go, but perhaps the other would be much better for Canada.”Following Trump’s announcement, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland cancelled the rest of a planned week-long diplomatic trip to Europe so she could travel to Washington to re-enter high-level talks.She heads to the U.S. capital as a key question hangs over the continent’s trading relationship: Is this the end of NAFTA as we know it?NAFTA is key partnership for Canada and doubts about its future have already created considerable economic uncertainty.Canada has been away from the NAFTA bargaining table since in-person trilateral talks paused last spring.Observers have raised concerns that Canada’s absence from the talks could put Ottawa in a position where it might be pressured into accepting a less-appetizing deal reached between the U.S. and Mexico. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has insisted his government will only sign a deal that’s good for Canada.The U.S.-Mexican announcement Monday clearly showed their summertime talks not only hashed out bilateral sticking points — such as automobile rules of origin — but also went deep into trilateral issues.Canada had been expecting the U.S. and Mexico to focus mainly on their bilateral issues, but they agreed on matters including intellectual property, digital trade, labour and financial services.The new deal would last 16 years with reviews every six years, a senior U.S. administration official said during a briefing. Canadian negotiators have been adamant that they will not agree to an earlier U.S. proposal that NAFTA be renegotiated every five years.Trump hinted he was ready to start the process of terminating the trilateral trade pact with Canada and Mexico and replace it with what he got Monday from Mexico. He also called on Canada to negotiate fairly, especially when it comes to dairy products.“We’re looking to help our neighbours,” he said. “If we can help our neighbours, that’s a good thing, not a bad thing. So, we’ll start that negotiation imminently.”Through an interpreter, Pena Nieto reminded Trump four times Monday that he hoped Canada would be part of an eventual trilateral agreement, saying it was the Mexican government’s wish that “Canada will also be able to be incorporated in all this.”Following Trump’s announcement, Trudeau’s office issued a statement saying the prime minister spoke with Pena Nieto on Sunday about NAFTA’s renegotiation and the two leaders “shared their commitment to reaching a successful conclusion to this agreement for all three parties.”last_img read more

Ian Somerhalder Delisting Yellowstones Grizzlies Is Premature

first_imgFollowing a new national poll showing that the majority of voters oppose the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal to remove Yellowstone’s grizzly bears from the list of federally threatened and endangered species, American actor and Vampire Diaries star, Ian Somerhalder, sent the following letter to USFWS Director, Dan Ashe, urging him to keep the Yellowstone grizzly bear listed under the Endangered Species Act.“Yellowstone’s grizzlies, once teetering on the brink of extinction, are only now starting to recover,” wrote Ian. “But your recently announced proposal to remove federal protections under the Endangered Species Act is premature and comes at a time where only 700 of these iconic bears are known to exist in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and shockingly only 1,400 to 1,700 bears in the entire lower 48 states. We stand with The Humane Society of the United States in urging you to keep grizzly bears protected.“If the proposal to delist is successful, the future of Yellowstone’s grizzly bears will be placed in the hands of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho state wildlife managers who have already made clear their intentions to open up the population to trophy hunting. Grizzly bears are an iconic species, representing the natural beauty and magnificence in many of our country’s last remaining wild spaces. This holds true no more than in Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding region, where grizzly bears are cherished by both tourists and locals alike. Killing these animals in order to stuff them for display and bragging rights is shameful and will only set back our efforts to help the population recover.“We cannot let history repeat itself. Grizzlies were once an abundant species in the Yellowstone region but suffered from overwhelming persecution by hunters up until recent decades. This resulted in the need to list Yellowstone grizzlies as threatened under the ESA in the 1970’s when their number dipped to 136 individuals and the population is faced yet again with a threat to its very existence from trophy hunting if this proposal goes forward.“Yellowstone grizzly bears still need our help. They continue to face critical challenges such as habitat loss and climate change. Removing protections for Yellowstone grizzlies now will leave the population with little hope of recovery. You and your predecessors have invested too much into the recovery of this national icon to give up on them. Please keep the Yellowstone grizzly bear listed as a threatened species under the ESA and prevent history from repeating itself.”Please take a moment to send the USFWS a letter, urging them to not remove federal protections from Yellowstone grizzly bears.last_img read more

Kanesatake grand chief calls for referendum as political division threaten health centre

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe grand chief of Kanesatake, the Mohawk community once at the heart of the Oka Crisis, plans to hold a referendum June 15 to gauge the community’s confidence in the current band council which has been engulfed by internal divisions that now threaten the operations of the health centre.The Kanesatake health centre is on the verge of going into third-party management as a result of a power struggle between a group of four chiefs who are tilting against Grand Chief Serge Simon and the two chiefs who still support him.(In Kanesatake band councillors are known as chiefs)The four chiefs have essentially launched a coup against Simon. Because the group forms a quorum, they’ve been able to pass band council resolutions, accepted by Aboriginal Affairs, which authorize expenditures, including spending band money on lawyers to fight the grand chief.The quorum of chiefs recently stripped Simon of the land claim portfolio after he wrote a letter to the community accusing Ottawa’s chief negotiator of issuing a veiled threat.The quorum has also launched court action against the health centre’s board and the ensuing legal battles led the board’s insurance company to drop its coverage.Kanesatake has been hobbled by intense internal power struggles through a majority of its post-Oka years.The last major band council crisis ended with the torching of former grand chief James Gabriel’s home. Gabriel, with Ottawa’s support, authorized what was interpreted as a federally-funded armed invasion in January 2004 when police officers from outside reserves entered the community under the guise of combating organized crime.Kanesatake still bears the scars from that era and community members have persistently called for a public inquiry into the affair to uncover Ottawa’s true role.The current tensions have not reached that level, but the situation has thrown the community into tumult.Simon said he hoped the referendum vote would give the council a clean slate and a chance to start over.The vote will feature a ballot with the name of each band council member beside alongside a box asking whether the voter has confidence in the individual.“At the end of the night we will see who has more no’s than yeses and they will be basically out,” said Simon, who was elected in August 2011 to a three-year term.Simon said the internal tensions have stalled progress and is pushing the band’s finances to the brink.“If I can’t continue to save these services and work for the band in an ethical fashion, I would rather the community tell me to go home rather than sitting up here, powerless to stop it,” said Simon, who chose not to collect a salary as grand chief. “I don’t know what to say to my community anymore.”His opponents on council, however, say they won’t acknowledge the results of the vote.“It is going to be illegal…it is going to be totally challenged,” said Chief Sheila Bonspiel. “We are under a democratic system and it is not a dictatorship and he does not have exclusive and ultimate power.”Bonspiel said her group of four chiefs has been working to create a governance code for the band council for the first time.Chief Sonya Gagnier said the lack of a code is at the root of the political problems in Kanesatake.“This is where (Simone) needs to go instead of going and splitting the community more,” she said.The internecine political battle has spilled from the council chamber and engulfed the health centre. As a result of the insurance company’s decision to drop its coverage, Health Canada could soon move in to place the centre under third party management so it can continue to operate.A Health Canada official told APTN it was monitoring the situation and evaluating whether intervention is warranted.The move to third-party management would lead to layoffs and program cuts.The health centre crisis was triggered when Simon pulled Bonspiel and Gagnier from their health portfolios, removing them from the health centre’s board. Simon put himself on the board along with Chief Clarence Simon.The aim of the move was to revamp the health centre’s bylaws and depoliticize the health centre so band chiefs would no longer be able to automatically sit on the board, said Simon.The plan was to have the board elected by community members, but candidates would first have to meet laid out criteria to ensure they were qualified to handle the file.“This is the way things should have been set up in the first place so that the community is in charge, not a group of people that are hand-picked,” said Daniel David, who sat on the board temporarily in hopes of putting through the reforms. “We want to have people on the board who are qualified to be a board, not just a bunch of people who may or may not be qualified to sit on the board.”Bonspiel and Gagnier, however, say that the board is illegal and doesn’t have any power to make the changes.“They’ve gone rogue,” said Bonspiel. “If they wanted it to be run independently, then why is the grand chief so involved?”Bonspiel said the current board structure was created when the health centre was incorporated a few years ago.“We were not interfering. We were not involved in any of the operations. Council never interfered over there,” she said.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Civic volunteer found dead in Nadia

first_imgKolkata: A civic volunteer was found dead near his home at Hanskhali in Nadia on Monday morning. The victim has been identified as Srikumar Sharma, who is about 20-year-old.A bullet injury was found on the head of the man. The body has been sent for an autopsy examination. According to sources, on Monday morning, a woman saw that Sharma was sitting in a playground near his home at Bramhanpara in Hanskhali. She called him for some work but when Sharma did not respond, she reportedly put her hand on him and understood that Sharma was dead. Immediately she called some local residents, who informed Hanskhali police station. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe police arrived at the spot and removed his body. Sleuths noticed a bullet injury beside his ear. It is suspected that he had been shot dead at some other place in the locality. Later, the body was kept in a sitting posture. While talking to his family, sleuths came to know that Sharma left his home on Sunday around 8 pm. Since then there was no trace of him. According to sources, Sharma joined Hanskhali police station as a civic volunteer approximately four months ago. But, he was temporarily suspended as Sharma had violated the rules and regulations multiple times. He reportedly used to get absent without informing his superiors. Also, he used to leave the police stations without informing anyone. It is said he frequently got drunk and behaved badly with his family members. It is suspected that Sharma was murdered in a planned way. Sleuths are checking if he had any enmity with anyone.last_img read more

Ban urges nonviolence on Vesak

“This year’s observance, falling at a time of widespread strife and misery, is an occasion to examine how Buddhist teachings can inform our response to prevailing challenges,” he said. UN Secretary Geberal Ban Ki-moon says a spirit of non-violence is needed to help inspire peace and quell conflict.In his Vesak Day message, the UN Chief said that that Vesak is an opportunity for all members of the international community to benefit from their rich traditions. “Confronting the troubling problems facing our world is consonant with Buddhism.  The Buddha himself, as a young prince, left the safety of his palace to discover the four sufferings of birth, sickness, old age and death. While such painful realities cannot be avoided, Buddhism offers insights into how to cope with them.  Its history is replete with inspiring examples of the transformative power of Buddhist philosophy,” he added. The UN Chief recalled that the legendary King Ashoka, a conqueror who presided over a brutal reign in India some three centuries after the Buddha’s passing, ultimately converted to Buddhism, renounced violence and embraced peace.Ban says the values that King Ashoka espoused, including human rights, democratic governance and respect for the dignity of life, are common to all great religions.  The fact that he was able to embrace them after years of brutal war offers proof that the goodwill of individuals can end widespread suffering. “Now more than ever, we need the spirit of non-violence to help inspire peace and quell conflict. I offer my best wishes to believers celebrating Vesak Day, and my sincerest hopes that we may all draw on spiritual ideals to strengthen our resolve to improve our world,” he said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Pakistan attaches great importance to ties with Sri Lanka

A 27 member delegation of the Sri Lankan Army PACES (Pakistan Army Physical Agility and Combat Efficiency System) met with the High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka, Maj. Gen. (R) Syed Shakeel Hussain at the High Commission of Pakistan in Colombo today.The delegation is travelling to Lahore, Pakistan to participate in the International PACES Competition starting from 18-26 October 2016. While, addressing the delegation, the High Commissioner highlighted that Pakistan and Sri Lanka have consistently maintained close, cordial and mutually supportive relations at all levels. “These deep rooted relations draws strength from centuries old civilizational link through our shared rich heritage, which is preserved by the people and Government of Pakistan with due reverence,” he added. Hussain further elaborated that the Government of Pakistan is actively engaged with all neighboring countries in an effort to create a peaceful neighborhood.“On Pakistan-Sri Lanka relations, both sides have intensified political engagement and undertaken substantive measures to further deepen and broaden the economic relationship,” he added. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Tesla Motors loss triples to 184 million in 2Q as it lowers

In this May 14, 2015 photo, a Tesla vehicle is parked at a charging station outside of the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif. Tesla reports quarterly financial results on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) DETROIT – Tesla Motors’ upcoming Model X SUV cast a long shadow over the company’s second-quarter results.Tesla’s net loss nearly tripled to $184 million in the April-June period as it invested in tooling and factory capacity for the new SUV, which is scheduled to go on sale next month.The Palo Alto, California, maker of electric cars also lowered its expectations for full-year sales because it’s not confident suppliers will be able to meet its production goals for the Model X in the fourth quarter. It now expects to sell between 50,000 and 55,000 Model S sedans and Model X SUVs this year, down from a previous target of 55,000.“We do think that it’s going to be quite a challenging production ramp on the X,” Tesla CEO Elon Musk told analysts on a conference call Wednesday. “We only want to deliver great cars, so we don’t want to drive to a number that’s greater than our ability to deliver high-quality vehicles.”Tesla’s shares fell $18.13, or 6.7 per cent, to $252 in after-hours trading following the release of the earnings report.Musk later mused that the Model X could be “the hardest car to build in the world.” Its tricky features include unique side doors that open out and upward.Tesla sold a quarterly record 11,532 Model S electric cars in the second quarter. It said sales grew more than 50 per cent in Europe despite two price increases in the last six months, and they were up 30 per cent in the U.S. Revenue rose 24 per cent to $954.9 million.But Tesla also increased spending on its Fremont, California, factory, which makes the Model X, and on its battery plant, which is under construction in Nevada. It’s opening five more stores in China and expanding its network of fast-charging Supercharger stations, which now total 487 globally.Tesla has said it plans to invest $1.5 billion in capital expenditures this year.Tesla also spent more on research and development. Among its projects is a highway autopilot system, which will keep vehicles in their lane and automatically control speed and braking on the highway. That system is due out later this year. Tesla also said its Tesla Energy home battery packs will start production in Fremont during the third quarter.Tesla’s net loss, of $1.45 per share, was wider than the loss of 50 cents per share a year ago.Tesla says unadjusted figures do not reflect its true performance because accounting rules limit how it records revenue for leases. On an adjusted basis, the company lost $61 million, or 48 cents per share, in the April-June period. That beat Wall Street’s forecast of a 60 cent loss per share, according to analysts polled by FactSet.Tesla’s adjusted revenue of $1.2 billion beat analysts’ forecast of $1.18 billion. Tesla Motors’ loss triples to $184 million in 2Q as it lowers delivery forecast by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press Posted Aug 5, 2015 3:14 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 5, 2015 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Confirmed Whelan and St Ledger will miss upcoming qualifiers

first_imgUpdated at 19.29THE FAI HAVE this evening confirmed that Glenn Whelan and Sean St Ledger will miss Ireland’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers with Germany and the Faroe Islands.Whelan picked up a hamstring injury during Stoke’s game with Liverpool at the weekend, and following scans on the injury this morning, he has been ruled out of the games.Meanwhile, Sean St Ledger will also definitely miss the games as expected, after he picked up a hamstring injury during Leicester’s win over Bristol City this weekend, with Aston Villa’s Ciaran Clark drafted in to replace him.Shortly after the news was announced, St Ledger tweeted: “out for a minimum four weeks gutted to be missing the qualifiers but the aviva gonna be some atmosphere on Friday night!”The injuries will come as a further blow to Giovanni Trapattoni’s side ahead of the critical upcoming fixtures, with James McClean already having been ruled out earlier today.The side has been beset by problems of late, with other key internationals, including Kevin Doyle and Richard Dunne, currently unavailable for selection.Read: Monday morning blues as Trap tries to figure out injury crisis>Read: Irish Eye: Hunt on the mark as Trap faces injury crisis>last_img read more

This underwear ad in the RTÉ Guide caused a bit of a

first_imgClick here for larger versionIN 1978, THEN Taoiseach Jack Lynch received a complaint from a concerned citizen about an underwear advertisement which appeared in the RTÉ Guide.The ad, pictured above, was for a new range of bras from Silhouette “designed to bring romance and adventure into your life”. It describes the bras as “soft, lacy and sensual”.In a letter to Lynch, the person asked him to “do something about it”.“Is it right to tolerate in out RTÉ Guide what really amounts to a plug for pornography?”They said this kind of advertisement had the potential to “corrupt the very essence” of our heritage.In that same year, Lynch passed on a suggestion made by a Canon in Tipperary to charge 100 VAT on ‘objectionable magazines’ imported to the State to Tánaiste and Minister for Finance George Colley. The Tánaiste replied that he had “carefully and sympathetically” considered Lynch’s representations but said “serious practical difficulties” would arise if the government tried to implement this.Click here for larger versionPornographic magazinesThis was not the only example of complaints about material considered inappropriate in Irish publications at the time.In 1980, a complaint made by the organisation ‘Parent Concern’ about the periodical ‘New Man and Woman’, was upheld by the Censorship of Publications Board as it was found to be ‘indecent or obscene’.A letter to then Taoiseach Charles Haughey from the group’s honorary secretary details examples of perceived inappropriate content like features on wife-swapping with pictures of groups of nude couples. Click here for larger imageShe also expressed concern about details of various family planning centres, saying “if these are an indication of goings-on during sessions then they are no more than prostitution centers (sic) for orgies, with of course the commercial advocacy of contraceptives and abortion”.The board found that the sale and distribution of further issues of the publication in Ireland should be prohibited.‘Sensuous and sexual gratification’In 1983, the Deputy Chairman of The Society to Outlaw Pornography, Marjorie Elliot, wrote to Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald about an issue of ‘Executive World’, a men’s magazine.(Image: Brand New Retro)In her letter she pointed out that Fitzgerald’s political party had expressed a determination to upgrade the status of women in society.“Yet magazines of this type present them as sex objects, things of sensuous and sexual gratification for men, and in debasing them deprive them of their dignity and their rights,” she said.Click here for larger versionShe also said these magazines play a major part in inciting crimes of rape and sexual assault – “leading inexorably sexual crimes against children”.Fitzgerald’s office wrote to the Department of Justice to seek guidance on the issue and was advised that it was a matter for the Censorship of Publications Board.In correspondence, they said the board may prohibit a publication over a number of issues including advocating the procurement of abortion, devoting a large proportion to crime and any publication seen to be frequently indecent or obscene.The Taoiseach’s private secretary responded to Elliot to advise her to lodge her complaint with the board.See National Archives, Reference number 2013/100/3 .Read: Escort and ‘hook-up’ sites among attempts to access porn at Leinster House>Read: No log kept of TDs’ and Senators’ internet browsing history>last_img read more

Le service de stockage Windows Azure en panne mondiale

first_imgLe service de stockage Windows Azure en panne mondialeLe service de cloud-computing professionnel Windows Azure a été victime d’une panne internationale durant plusieurs heures, sans qu’aucune explication n’ait été fournie par la suite par Microsoft.Windows Azure, une plateforme de développement gérée par les serveurs de Microsoft, a connu une panne mondiale de quelques heures mercredi 29 mars. Si la situation semble s’être résolue rapidement, Microsoft n’a pas jugé bon de commenter ni d’expliquer les raisons de cet incident technique qui a touché des milliers d’utilisateurs dans le monde, indique Silicon.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’Europe du Nord et les États-Unis continuent toutefois d’éprouver des désagréments ponctuels, une situation particulièrement dérangeante pour de nombreux professionnels. En effet, Windows Azure permet à des développeurs de publier leur application sur les serveurs de Microsoft, avec un soutien technique fourni par l’éditeur. La solution permet de réduire les coûts liés à l’équipement nécessaire pour proposer un produit au client final, comme les serveurs et la bande passante.Microsoft confirmait récemment être “toujours en dépannage” et indiquait s’être lancé dans la récupération des services affectés, déclarant que “de plus en plus d’applications de clients devraient être sauvegardées et s’exécuter, même si les fonctionnalités de gestion n’ont pas encore été restaurées”. Depuis la tempête gronde, les utilisateurs se plaignant du manque confondant de communication de la part de Microsoft, à qui il payent un abonnement pour utiliser cette plateforme de cloud-computing.Le 1 mars 2012 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Frank Lampard reflects on his first season as manager

first_imgThis is Derby County’s 6th consecutive season where they find themselves in playoff position after 22 games, but have never pushed for promotion, since December always seems to take a toll on them.Frank Lampard is having a successful campaign with Derby County, a second-tier English club, to kick off his coaching career. Asked about being halfway through his first season as manager, Lampard said that although his team is in the race, that the season might get tough starting now.“I enjoy it. It’s taxing, testing and you learn every day. I’m fully into it and I want to be a success,” he said, according to BBC.“It is no good to say at fourth we can be content in December, we have to continue and be in contention in mid-May.Frank Lampard, Chelsea, Premier LeagueFrank Lampard admits Chelsea may struggle for top-six spot Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Chelsea manager Frank Lampard couldn’t offer any guarantees on a top-six finish this season due to the strong competition.“We know we are in the race. But any drop in standard, and actually if we don’t improve from here, the season might take its toll on us.”“As a player, you can never quite gauge what it feels like on this side,” he continued.“It is a challenge for me to use the squad because we will have to over the busy period, it is a challenge to stay positive and work on the training ground and to get details right and keep going.“And when January comes, if we can do business, and business that improves us – and there won’t be loads to do because we are not in the position of other teams in this league – it needs to be spot on. Small improvement may help us in the long run.”last_img read more

Everclears Art Alexakis On His Battle With Multiple Sclerosis His Continued Sobriety

first_img Everclear’s Art Alexakis On His Battle With Multiple Sclerosis, His Continued Sobriety & How He’s Moving Forward News A letter to fans details the frontman’s struggles with the disease, confirms his continued sobriety and outlines his upcoming creative projectsNate HertweckGRAMMYs Mar 27, 2019 – 2:30 pm In a post on the band’s website, Everclear frontman Art Alexakis has announced he was diagnosed with a form of multiple sclerosis three years ago following a car accident. According to the letter, doctors believe he’d had the disease for “anywhere between 10 to 20 years.” He also opens to fans and friends about his journey and thought process connecting the dots between his symptoms and his diagnosis. Facebook Twitter center_img Email “The more I found out about MS, the more a lot of things started making sense,” he writes. “It explains why I have had balance and gait problems for the last ten years, it helps explain why I have had a higher sensitivity to heat and cold, and why I don’t have the energy, vigor, and razor sharp memory that I had ten years ago. I thought it was just me getting older.”Alexakis has been sober for almost 30 years, something he addresses in his letter directly.“One of the reasons I wanted to be more public about my disease is that I have been hearing a lot of people say that I am drinking again or back on drugs because they have seen me look unsteady on stage or around town,” Alexakis says. “So, if you see me stumbling… sweaty, looking both tired and anxious at the same time, maybe a little more confused than usual, or forgetting lyrics yet looking happy (which is weird for me), please know that I have not fallen off the wagon. I am just learning how to be the new me.”The letter also reveals he is currently finishing up his first solo album, Sun Songs, which he says will be out early summer, and he’s plotting his Songs And Stories solo tour to start May 1, “joined by three other singer-songwriters that I respect and admire.”After that, he plans to, “finally start writing the book people have been telling me to write for the last 20 years…I think it’s about time!”Back on the medical front, the news is heavy yet promising. “All that said,” he writes, after describing how his recent performances have been challenging but successful. “I can feel the disease slowly growing in me. I now have to give myself injections three times a week. My neurologist says as long as I stay on the medication, I should live into my 80’s without progression. We shall see.”Report: Musicians More Likely To Struggle With Mental Health & Substance AbuseRead more Everclear’s Art Alexakis Reveals MS Diagnosis everclear%E2%80%99s-art-alexakis-his-battle-multiple-sclerosis-his-continued-sobriety-how-heslast_img read more

Blame Russell Westbrook for OKCs failed Big 3

first_imgLeBron to the Rockets is a realistic possibilityColin initially thought the Lakers were the most likely destination if LeBron James decided to leave Cleveland again in free agency during the upcoming offseason, but it’s become clear that the Lakers are too far away to lure the King to L.A.With #LeBronzo DOA, Colin now believes the best fit for LeBron if he jumps ship is the Houston Rockets, for a number of reasons. Not only is James close friends with Chris Paul, but if he joined Harden and Paul, they would immediately form a Big 3 that could seriously challenge the Warriors in the West and compete for a title. It would also allow James to transition into the final stage of his career with a team where he wouldn’t have to carry a franchise on his own. Fear #LeBeard. Guests:Terry Bradshaw – Fox NFL Sunday co-host is in-studio to talk Wentz’s season ending injury; why Jay Cutler is so frustrating; and what it was like watching MNF at William Shatner’s house.Charlie Weis – Former Notre Dame head coach and Patriots offensive coordinator joins the show to discuss the Patriots loss in Miami; how he handled calling plays when his offense wasn’t clicking; and why the Packers should be concerned about Arron Rodgers returning from a broken collarbone.Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Analyst is in-studio with the backstory on the Ball kids going to play in Lithuania; why it’s a bad move from a basketball standpoint; why his sources tell him they’ll be exposed; and why the Thunder should trade Paul George. Blame Russell Westbrook for OKC’s failed Big 3 The Thunder had high hopes for their hastily assembled Big 3 of Russell Westbrook, Camelo Anthony, and Paul George, but after 26 games, they’re 12-14, and nobody’s happy.Colin thinks it’s clear the experiment is a failure, and believes Russell Westbrook is to blame. Even though there were high hopes that Westbrook could dial it back and fit in, it’s become more clear than ever that he’s better as solo act than trying to fit in with a group of stars. Ex-teammates Victor Oladipo and Kevin Durant were just named conference players of the week, which further proves that players get better once they leave OKC.The Thunder need to pull the plug on this thing ASAP, and should look to trade Paul George before he leaves in free agency, and they get nothing in return.last_img read more

5 ways to create a connection to the Qlik Engine Tip

first_img //Config for retrieving the qlik.js module from the Qlik Sense Servervar config = {host: window.location.hostname,prefix: prefix,port: window.location.port,isSecure: window.location.protocol === “https:”};require.config({baseUrl: (config.isSecure ? “https://” : “http://” ) + config.host + (config.port ? “:” + config.port : “” ) + config.prefix + “resources”});require([“js/qlik”], function (qlik) {qlik.setOnError( function (error) {console.log(error);});//Open an Appvar app = qlik.openApp(‘MasteringQlikSense.qvf’, config); Once you have created the connection to an app, you can start leveraging the full API by conveniently creating HyperCubes, connecting to fields, passing selections, retrieving objects, and much more. The Mashup API is intended for browser-based projects where authentication is handled in the same way as if you were going to open Qlik Sense. If you wish to use the Mashup API, or some parts of it, with a backend solution, you need to take care of authentication first. Creating a connection using enigma.js Enigma is Qlik’s open-source promise wrapper for the engine. You can use enigma directly when you’re in the Mashup API, or you can load it as a separate module. When you are writing code from within the Mashup API, you can retrieve the correct schema directly from the list of available modules which are loaded together with qlik.js via ‘autogenerated/qix/engine-api’. The following example will connect to a Demo App using enigma.js: define(function () { return function () { require([‘qlik’,’enigma’,’autogenerated/qix/engine-api’], function (qlik, enigma, schema) {//The base config with all details filled in var config = { schema: schema, appId: “My Demo App.qvf”, session:{ host:”localhost”, port: 4848, prefix: “”, unsecure: true, },}//Now that we have a config, use that to connect to the //QIX service.enigma.getService(“qix” , config).then(function(qlik){ qlik.global.openApp(config.appId) //Open App qlik.global.openApp(config.appId).then(function(app){ //Create SessionObject for FieldList app.createSessionObject( { qFieldListDef: { qShowSystem: false, qShowHidden: false, qShowSrcTables: true, qShowSemantic: true, qShowDerivedFields: true }, qInfo: { qId: “FieldList”, qType: “FieldList” } } ).then( function(list) { return list.getLayout(); } ).then( function(listLayout) { return listLayout.qFieldList.qItems; } ).then( function(fieldItems) { console.log(fieldItems) } ); })}})}}) It’s essential to also load the correct schema whenever you load enigma.js. The schema is a collection of the available API methods that can be utilized in each version of Qlik Sense. This means your schema needs to be in sync with your QS version. Thus, we see it is fairly easy to create a stable connection with the Qlik Engine API. If you liked the above excerpt, make sure you check out the book Mastering Qlik Sense to learn more tips and tricks on working with different kinds of data using Qlik Sense and extract useful business insights. Read Next: How Qlik Sense is driving self-service Business Intelligence Overview of a Qlik Sense® Application’s Life Cycle What we learned from Qlik Qonnections 2018 With mashups or web apps, the Qlik Engine sits outside of your project and is not accessible and loaded by default. The first step before doing anything else is to create a connection with the Qlik Engine, after which you can continue to open a session and perform further actions on that app, such as: Opening a document/app Making selections Retrieving visualizations and apps For using the Qlik Engine API, open a WebSocket to the engine. There may be a difference in the way you do this, depending on whether you are working with Qlik Sense Enterprise or Qlik Sense Desktop. In this article, we will elaborate on how you can achieve a connection to the Qlik engine and the benefits of doing so. The following excerpt has been taken from the book Mastering Qlik Sense, authored by Martin Mahler and Juan Ignacio Vitantonio. Creating a connection To create a connection using WebSockets, you first need to establish a new web socket communication line. To open a WebSocket to the engine, use one of the following URIs: Qlik Sense Enterprise Qlik Sense Desktop wss://server.domain.com:4747/app/ or wss://server.domain.com[/virtual proxy]/app/ ws://localhost:4848/app Creating a Connection using WebSockets In the case of Qlik Sense Desktop, all you need to do is define a WebSocket variable, including its connection string in the following way: var ws = new WebSocket(“ws://localhost:4848/app/”); Once the connection is opened and checking for ws.open(), you can call additional methods to the engine using ws.send(). This example will retrieve the number of available documents in my Qlik Sense Desktop environment, and append them to an HTML list: The preceding example will produce the following output on your browser if you have Qlik Sense Desktop running in the background: All Engine methods and calls can be tested in a user-friendly way by exploring the Qlik Engine in the Dev Hub. A single WebSocket connection can be associated with only one engine session (consisting of the app context, plus the user). If you need to work with multiple apps, you must open a separate WebSocket for each one. If you wish to create a WebSocket connection directly to an app, you can extend the configuration URL to include the application name, or in the case of the Qlik Sense Enterprise, the GUID. You can then use the method from the app class and any other classes as you continue to work with objects within the app. var ws = new WebSocket(“ws://localhost:4848/app/MasteringQlikSense.qvf”); Creating  Connection to the Qlik Server Engine Connecting to the engine on a Qlik Sense environment is a little bit different as you will need to take care of authentication first. Authentication is handled in different ways, depending on how you have set up your server configuration, with the most common ones being: Ticketing Certificates Header authentication Authentication also depends on where the code that is interacting with the Qlik Engine is running. If your code is running on a trusted computer, authentication can be performed in several ways, depending on how your installation is configured and where the code is running: If you are running the code from a trusted computer, you can use certificates, which first need to be exported via the QMC If the code is running on a web browser, or certificates are not available, then you must authenticate via the virtual proxy of the server Creating a connection using certificates Certificates can be considered as a seal of trust, which allows you to communicate with the Qlik Engine directly with full permission. As such, only backend solutions ever have access to certificates, and you should guard how you distribute them carefully. To connect using certificates, you first need to export them via the QMC, which is a relatively easy thing to do: Once they are exported, you need to copy them to the folder where your project is located using the following code: Mastering QS Creating a connection using the Mashup API Now, while connecting to the engine is a fundamental step to start interacting with Qlik, it’s very low-level, connecting via WebSockets. For advanced use cases, the Mashup API is one way to help you get up to speed with a more developer-friendly abstraction layer. The Mashup API utilizes the qlik interface as an external interface to Qlik Sense, used for mashups and for including Qlik Sense objects in external web pages. To load the qlik module, you first need to ensure RequireJS is available in your main project file. You will then have to specify the URL of your Qlik Sense environment, as well as the prefix of the virtual proxy, if there is one: Mastering QSlast_img read more

Norwegian updates passengers on HamiltonDublin route following 737 MAX suspension

first_imgNorwegian updates passengers on Hamilton-Dublin route following 737 MAX suspension << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, March 26, 2019 Travelweek Group NEW YORK CITY — Norwegian’s new service from Dublin to John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport will operate as normal, despite the suspension of Boeing 737 MAX operations by European aviation authorities.The airline provided an update to customers flying on the new route from March 31.Since the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX, the airline has re-routed customers and offered the chance to rebook or receive a full refund free of charge if they no longer wish to travel. It is also combining flights and reallocating aircraft within its own network to keep cancellations to a minimum and minimize inconvenience for its customers.On March 13, Norwegian announced it would temporarily deploy a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to operate daily flights between Dublin Airport and New York (Stewart). These flights will continue to operate under a temporary schedule, but as from March 31 Norwegian will temporarily operate additional services from Dublin Airport using a Boeing 737-800 to cover other affected routes, including the launch of the new Canadian service.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedHere are additional details for Dublin-Hamilton customers:Norwegian’s brand-new service from Dublin to Hamilton will operate as normal using a Boeing 737-800 from March 31Customers booked on flights D8 1840 from Dublin to Hamilton, and D8 1841 from Hamilton to Dublin will be able to travel on the airline’s newest route for the start of the summer seasonThe ETOPS-certified 737-800 will operate the Hamilton to Hamilton route, 4x per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The aircraft will also be used on flights between Dublin and Providence on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.Norwegian continues to temporarily withhold further sales of all routes operated by the 737 MAX in light of the suspended operations of the aircraft. The airline will provide further updates to customers booked to travel on affected routes beyond April 10.center_img Posted by Share Tags: Dublin, Hamilton, New Routes, Norwegian Airlast_img read more

How to file a criminal complaint or denuncia in Costa Rica

first_imgSi usted conoce un estimado del monto de los fondos públicos afectados por favor indíquelo aquíEstimate of the public funds affected Correo ElectronicoE-mail Fecha de Nacimiento Date of birth Descripción de los Hechos Description of the facts No se han adjuntado documentos de pruebaThis indicates no documents have been attached Si conoce personas que podrían ampliar o aportar otros elementos sobre los hechos denunciados, puede agregarlos aquí. Debe señalar al menos un medio para localizar a las personas citadas en su denuncia.If you know people who could contribute or expand on other elements of the reported facts, you can add them here. Indicate a way to locate the people cited in the complaint. The process can also be done in person at the San José offices. Institución o empresa para la cual labora actualmenteCompany or institution you are currently working at Menor de Edad Are you a minor? In Costa Rica, a criminal complaint can report workplace harassment, a home invasion or sexual assault, among other crimes related to the state. Any person who is in Costa Rica — adult or a minor, national or foreign — can file one.You can submit a criminal complaint in a variety of ways, including through your local police station or Prosecutor’s Office (Fiscalía), the tourist police or — as the United States Embassy recommends — the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ). Each government institution handles different types of criminal complaints.  Three institutions that offer an online portal or form are the Comptroller General (Contraloría de la República); the Ombudswoman’s Office (Defensoría de los Habitantes); and the Public Security Ministry (Ministerio de Seguridad Pública), which provides this online form.The Ombudswoman’s online portal features questions in Spanish, but responses can be submitted in English (scroll down to “How To” for a complete translation of the questions asked). For the Comptroller General, you can stop by their San José office in Sabana Sur (scroll down to “How To” for all directions and links), call the office, write an email or a letter, or submit a form through the online portal.The Comptroller’s portal focuses on complaints about misuse of public funds, but the institution will also receive criminal complaints and refer them to the appropriate institution, and officials from the office told The Tico Times they are prepared to provide assistance to English speakers.The complaint should contain a description of the facts in a precise, clear and complete manner with sufficient detail to allow further assessment. The complaint should be guided by the following questions: (1) What happened? (2) Who is the alleged perpetrator? (3) How did it happen? (4) Where did it happen? (5) Why did it happen? It is also necessary to include names, circumstances, places, dates, details about the event being denounced, an estimate of any economic damage (if applicable), and evidence such as documents or witnesses. The life of a criminal complaint in Costa RicaNo matter what institution receives the complaint, after it is filed, a number is assigned to track the status of the complaint. The office handling the complaint determines the facts of the case under the guidelines of the state. If accepted, the complaint could be further investigated or transferred to an internal unit within the government.Investigations are carried out if there are enough elements to pursue a conviction. While this differs in every case, the clearer, more detailed and precise the information provided, the more elements the office will have to pursue an investigation.If a complaint being reviewed is outside the scope of competence of the department to which it was submitted, authorities will give advice to the person filing the complaint so the situation can be solved in an appropriate manner.Anonymous criminal complaints can be filed, but if anonymity limits the ability for further investigation, authorities may ask the person filing the complaint for more information; otherwise, the denuncia may be archived. Confidentiality will be maintained if there is danger to the moral or physical integrity of the person filing the complaint. In cases of sexual harassment, people with HIV or AIDS, or minors under 15 presumed as either victims or perpetrators, confidentiality is guaranteed. When the age of the minor is equal or greater to 15 but under 18, the person filing the complaint will be consulted regarding their confidentiality in the case.There is currently no legal deadline for a complaint to be made, though there may be a statute of limitations for investigations or further legal action. Once the case is concluded, the person who filed the complaint will be informed about what the state has established.How to submit a criminal complaint in Costa Rica The following steps will guide you through submitting a criminal complaint through the Ombudswoman’s online portal. Although the questions are in Spanish, you may answer in English.To reiterate, a criminal complaint can also be filed through your local police station or prosecutor’s office, the tourist police and the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ). The U.S. Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens report crimes to the OIJ and contact the Embassy for assistance.However you submit a denuncia, you will be asked similar questions to those found in the Ombudswoman’s portal, translated below. ¿Deseo que mi Denuncia sea Confidencial? Do you want your criminal complaint to be presented as confidential? Apartado Postal Post Office Box Numero de TelefonoTelephone number Institución donde ocurrieron los hechos (Lista)A list where the events occurred You can send the same information to the following institutions, among others, to initiate a criminal complaint: Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ): oij_denuncias@poder-judicial.go.cr; phone 2295-3644; or fax 2295-3114.The Comptroller:  contraloria.general@cgr.go.cr; phone 2501-8000 or 2501-8025; or fax 2296-6764.The Public Security Ministry (MSP): Via this online form.Verbal reports can also be made in person. Here is a link to all OIJ offices in Costa Rica, many of which are open 24 hours a day. The Contraloría General de la Republica offices are located in Sabana Sur, San José, off the intersections of Avenida 12 and Calle 50. Here is a map with contact information for all prosecutors’ offices across Costa Rica.Disclaimer: The Tico Times consulted the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) and Comptroller General’s Office for this story. However, we are not lawyers and this should not be considered legal advice. This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5% Club. If only 5 percent of our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments DirecciónDirection to this place Número de IdentificaciónIdentification number from one of these documents Nombre y Apellidos First and Last Names Tipo de Identificación Type of Identification: You can choose from an identity or resident card, passport or others. Lugar o medio para la cual labora actualmente Place you are currently working Digite el nombre en caso de que no se encuentre en la lista anteriorIf not in the previous list, type out the accused’s name  Fax Denunciante  Fax Ha denunciado este caso ante otras instancias? Puede señalarlas en este espacioHave you denounced this case in other instances? You can bring them up in this space. Pruebas o documentos que sustenten los Hechos denunciadosEvidence or documents supporting the presented facts Related posts:Costa Rica’s Nery Brenes qualifies for 200-meter dash in Olympics with new national record Tico-Chilean couple seeks to turn any classroom into a science lab Leilani McGonagle wins national surf championship PHOTOS: International Feline Expo in Costa Ricalast_img read more

Authorities detain official in Ghana disaster

first_img Sponsored Stories ACCRA, Ghana (AP) – Authorities in Ghana have detained a municipal works official accused of allowing a building that collapsed to be built without a construction permit.Rescue officials said Friday that the death toll from the collapse had risen to 18 and that authorities believe other bodies remain in the debris.Carl Henry Clerk is accused of allowing the multi-story home goods store to go up even after being alerted that it had no permit. The owner of the building, the engineer and the architect are sought by police.The building collapsed into a heap of concrete rubble on Wednesday, trapping dozens of shoppers. Rescue officials say at least 78 survivors were pulled from the debris.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milkcenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

Qantas spreads marketing funds into the Northern Territory

first_imgFollowing on from last week’s $12 million marketing agreement with Events Queensland, Qantas has continued to invest in state tourism, with a new cooperative contract with the Northern Territory (NT).Announced this week, Qantas and the Northern Territory Government have signed a three-year $7 million agreement to promote the NT within Australia and international markets including; the US, Japan and the UK.According to Minister for Tourism and Major Events Matt Conlan, the agreement is the biggest of its kind in the NT’s history, and will help market the Territory as a leading tourist and event destination.“The partnership will make the NT more visible with the Qantas Group in international and domestic markets all year round,” the Minister explained.As well as working with the airline, Mr Conlan expects the partnership to allow the NT to work with other state, which have also partnered with Qantas to promote Australia.“It’s a win win for Qantas and the Territory,” he added.The marketing agreement will include promotions around major events and activities, marketing campaigns and a focus on online and social media.The new agreement also brings Qantas’ total joint investment in tourism to $49 million over three years.Source = ETB News: N.J. The biggest airline marketing partnership for the NT. last_img read more

US Autumn Glory apples gain ground in February

first_img U.S.: Autumn Glory apples gain ground in February … Japanese apple saplings reportedly sold illegally … You might also be interested in NZ horticultural export value grows to NZ$5.5B … Argentine apple campaign off to a positive start … The owner of the red-fleshed Kissabel apples says there are “exciting prospects” ahead following the first marketing tests for the 2018-19 Northern Hemisphere harvest.Apples were harvested by IFORED’s partners in France, Switzerland, Germany, the UK, Spain, Italy and U.S. over October and November.The Kissabel brand was officially launched at Fruit Attraction in October this year, giving attendees the chance the taste the new apples which have flesh ranging in color from pink to intense red.Kissabel fruit is the outcome of more than 20 years of research conducted with natural methods by French breeder IFO, in which red-flesh wild apples were crossed with other varieties.The harvest in Germany has been great, according to Dirk Zabel, head of variety innovation at Deutsches Obstsorten Konsortium.”The first tests with German retailer Edeka gave very good feedback and we have very high expectations for all the Kissabel® varieties, as we are going to plant more trees in the following years,” he said.The U.K. harvest has been positive as well.“The current UK focus is on Kissabel® Yellow and Orange, as the climate is ideal for the production of these apples with good inner colour,” says Robert Jarvis of Greenyard Fresh.”Harvested first, Kissabel® Orange will be marketed as an Autumn or pre Christmas product. With both an excellent eating quality and high storage potential, Kissabel® Yellow will fulfil the sales period of Christmas and the New Year.”The apples have been marketed in the 2018 season to a range of UK retailers such as Tesco, M&S, Waitrose, Coop and Aldi.Production is increasing in France too.“We didn’t get a commercial production yet, but we got good feedback from trials and visits during the harvest 2018,” said Frederic Aubert, technical manager Blue Whale.”2019 will be our first season with a production of about 200 tons and it will allow us to really start commercial test of Kissabel® in France”.Switzerland too is making progress on Kissabel growing.“The crop has been good, especially for Kissabel® Yellow, which has very good quality fruits. The Kissabel® Orange is also nice, with an homogeneous flesh coloration,” said Jeanne Giesser of Fenaco Leman Fruits.Luca Lovatti of Novamela said: “In Italy we had a good harvest of the Kissabel® Red, both in term of quality and yield. We are still gaining experience in terms on agronomy and storability. We want to deliver to our consumer the best experience in term of color in combination with texture and taste”Josep Maria Benet, technical director at Spain-based Nufri said: “Right now, we are focusing on Kissabel® Red. We are making trials on different altitudes and climate conditions to find the best growing area in order to offer to the market the suprising red inside apple they are waiting for.”Kissabel apples were also harvested in the U.S. this fall.“We continue to refine the needed horticulture for red fleshed varieties. We have made some exciting discoveries that have improved how Kissabel® varieties respond in our climate,” said Dale Goldy, best practices committee chairman at NBT Coop.”We will begin commercial plantings sometime around 2021 so we will have the first Kissabel® fruit on the market in 2023 or so”. December 16 , 2018 last_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Although Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians told the media Friday that the wide receiver numbers hadn’t been completely figured out ahead of Saturday’s mandatory 53-man roster deadline, the position picture might be a little more clear than he was initially letting on.That’s because one of the remaining wideout candidates, Kerry Taylor, took to Twitter to share with his followers that he had in fact made the team. I want to thank everyone here in AZ that has believed in me and backed me over the years.— Kerry Taylor (@KerryTaylor15) August 30, 2013 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Dreams come true!!! #BirdGang— Kerry Taylor (@KerryTaylor15) August 30, 2013 Top Stories center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Taylor, who was active for the Cardinals’ season finale in 2012, caught nine passes for 122 yards during the preseason. Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more