Margaret Atwood Defends Small Farm Community

first_imgA project to change Midhurst, a farming village of 3,500 people, into a suburban city of 30,000 is underway in Ontario, Canada due to a loophole in the provincial government’s development legislation – the loophole was created specifically and solely for Midhurst.Outraged citizens have started a petition on change.org, and author Margaret Atwood has joined the cause.At risk, the villagers claim, are 2,000 acres of prime farmland that they do not want to see paved over with cement.“If you’ve got prime farmland, why don’t you use it as prime farmland?” says Atwood. “It took 13,000 years to build that soil. Once that soil is gone, it’s gone.”The petition also claims at risk are the Minesing wetlands through which up to 10.6 million litres of effluent (about the volume of seven Olympic swimming pools) would flow from the developer’s sewage treatment plant every day according to the plan.“That’s going to flow down a small creek into one of the most significant wetlands on the face of the planet,” says Atwood. “The citizens need to know who is making the decisions that are going to wreck their lives or improve their lives. We always hope for improvement but this is a life wrecking event right here going on.”With a new majority government in Ontario, whose premier promised Midhurst during her campaigning that she would look into things, Atwood says, “It’s within [the premier’s] power to review the process, find out what did go on in that back room under the table, and set it right. It’s no longer the era of ‘We can do things under the table in small places and nobody will notice.’”You can read about and join the change.org petition to the Ontario government to stop the development plan here.Copyright ©2014Look to the Starslast_img read more

UN work agency calls for investment in job creation end to forced

“It is not work which is lacking but the financial resources to promote it,” said Louis Michel, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid told the working group on globalization during the session of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization (ILO), appealing for closer cooperation between the ILO and the European Union to promote “decent work for all.” In addition, the Governing Body requested the ILO Director-General to begin the preparatory work for the promotion of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006. The Convention provides a comprehensive labour charter for the world’s 1.2 million seafarers and establishes a socio-economic floor to global competition in the maritime sector that handles 90 per cent of the world’s trade. In regard to Myanmar, the Governing Body urged all remaining possibilities be pursued toward complete observance by the Government of Myanmar of the Forced Labour Convention of 1930. It was also concerned that persons who had complained about the use of forced labour were being prosecuted and asked for their immediate release. read more

World stocks add to gains sparked by Bernanke stimulus vow await China

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jul 11, 2013 11:55 pm MDT World stocks add to gains sparked by Bernanke stimulus vow, await China growth figures BANGKOK – World stock markets eked out moderate gains Friday, building on a rally sparked by the Fed’s vow to continue supporting the U.S. economy, as investors awaited the latest growth figures from China.Surprisingly weak trade figures this week raised the prospect that China’s slowdown will be sharper than anticipated. The central bank has been tightening credit to reduce financial distortions, raising the risk that growth in the world’s second-largest economy could fall below 7 per cent. China releases its April-June growth figures on Monday morning.In early European trading, Britain’s FTSE 100 was up 0.4 per cent at 5,569.34 and Germany’s DAX added 0.9 per cent to 8,229.02. France’s CAC-40 rose 0.3 per cent to 3,879.43.Global markets charged higher Thursday after Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke said the U.S. needs “highly accommodative monetary policy” — or low interest rates — “for the foreseeable future.”That reassured investors who were dismayed by Bernanke’s comments last month that the Fed would likely slow its bond purchases later this year and end them around mid-2014 if the economy strengthens. Critics said the Fed bungled its communications strategy.The Fed has been buying $85 billion of financial assets a month to keep interest rates low and encourage borrowing and spending. That stimulus has driven global stocks higher, so the prospect of reducing it caused market volatility in recent weeks.But futures augured a muted session on Wall Street after benchmarks hit record highs Thursday. Dow futures were down 0.1 per cent at 15,385 and broader S&P 500 futures fell 0.1 per cent to 1,668.50.In Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 index closed up 0.2 per cent at 14,506.25 while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng dropped 0.8 per cent to 21,277.28. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 was up 0.2 per cent at 4,973.0.Benchmarks in China, South Korea and Singapore fell while Taiwan, India, the Philippines, and Thailand gained.In energy trading, benchmark oil for August delivery was down 41 cents at $104.50 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It fell $1.61 to close at $104.91 in New York on Thursday.The euro fell to $1.3043 from $1.3095 late Thursday in New York. The dollar rose to 99.04 yen from 98.96 yen. read more

TD Bank says current quarter wont likely match Q3 which beat estimates

TD Bank says current quarter won’t likely match Q3, which beat estimates by David Paddon, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 28, 2014 6:01 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – TD Bank (TSX:TD) reported higher third-quarter net profit of $2.1 billion, with its Canadian retail operations benefiting from the addition of Aeroplan credit cards, fewer insurance claims, higher asset values and a low corporate income tax rate.Executives of the Toronto-based bank told analysts Thursday that they were pleased with the third-quarter results but raised some red flags about the current quarter that will close out TD’s 2014 financial year on Oct. 31.“Overall, our businesses performed well in the third quarter,” said Bharat Masrani, who will become the bank’s chief executive when Ed Clark retires in November.“We are pleased with our results, but also mindful of several factors that are likely to affect our earnings in the fourth quarter,” Masrani said. “As we approach year-end, we remain focused on finding ways of running our business more efficiently and there could be costs associated with this.”He said that TD expects credit losses to be higher next quarter — although credit quality remains strong — and there may be pressure on profit margins as competition for assets intensifies in the United States where TD operates an extensive retail network in the U.S. Northeast and Southeast.TD’s tax rate will also likely rise to a more normal level and expenses will likely be higher in the quarter ending Oct. 31 from the quarter ended July 31, Masrani added.The bank’s adjusted effective tax rate in the third quarter was 14.7 per cent, which was below the 16.1 per cent reported a year before and 19.5 per cent in the second quarter of 2014, mostly because of higher tax-exempt income from Canadian corporations and the resolution of certain audit issues.Its corporate segment, which covers the part of TD’s business outside of its core retail and wholesale operations, posted an adjusted net loss of $53 million, up from $11 million in the same period last year, as a result of ongoing investments in enterprise projects and initiatives.“For the fourth quarter, we expect that net corporate expenses will increase over the Q3 level — driven by continued investment in projects and initiatives and reduced level of favourable tax items,” said Colleen Johnston, TD’s chief financial officer.She also noted that TD’s quarterly margins on its operating activities “will bump around” depending on product mix, seasonality, the competitive environment or changes to rates.“For the fourth quarter, we’re expecting a decline in margin of roughly five basis points (half a percentage point) as we expect the combination of these items to generally work against us.”However, the fourth quarter will be compared with an exceptionally strong third quarter for TD and most of Canada’s other major banks.TD earned $1.11 per share, compared with $1.52 billion, or 79 cents per share, in the same quarter last year. Adjusted net income was $2.167 billion, or $1.15 per share, up $583 million or 37 per cent compared with an adjusted net income of $1.58 billion, or 82 cents per share in the third quarter of 2013.Analysts had been expecting $1.09 in adjusted earnings per share and about $7.07 billion of revenue, according to data compiled by Thomson Reuters.Total revenue was $7.5 billion, up from $7.1 billion a year earlier and also better than analyst estimates.“As a customer and a shareholder, I couldn’t feel happier or more confident about TD’s future,” said Clark, who noted the Thursday conference call was his last as TD’s chief executive. “Obviously it’s nice that we ended up on a high note. It wasn’t destined to be that way but it turned out to be that way.”TD’s Canadian retail operations had $1.4 billion in adjusted net income for the third quarter, a 54 per cent increase from the same quarter last year.In addition to the positive impact of the Aeroplan credit cards business acquired early in 2014, TD’s personal and commercial banking experienced good loan and deposit growth.Lending volume at TD’s personal banking operations in Canada grew by $13 billion or five per cent from a year earlier, with average real estate secured lending volume up $7 billion or three per cent, auto loans up $1 billion or eight per cent and other types of personal lending up $4 billion or 14 per cent — mostly due to the addition of Aeroplan.Average personal deposit volumes from Canadian retail increased by $4 billion or three per cent while average business deposits increased by $4 billion or six per cent.Loyalty rewards company Aimia Inc., which owns and operates the Aeroplan rewards program in Canada, now has TD Bank as its main partner for Aeroplan credit cards but CIBC, Aimia’s previous banking partner, continues to offer Aeroplan under a three-way agreement reached last year.The bank’s U.S. retail operations generated net income of US$518 million, an increase of four per cent compared with the third quarter last year.Its wholesale banking segment, which provides services to corporate clients and financial institutions, had net income for the quarter of $216 million, an increase of 46 per cent compared with the third quarter last year.Provisions for credit losses were $338 million compared with $477 million in the same quarter of 2013. Insurance claims fell by $369 million or 32 per cent from a year earlier to $771 million. Last year’s third quarter included higher reserves for automobile claims and heightened levels of claims related to severe weather in the summer of 2013.Assets under administration increased $15 billion or six per cent compared with the third quarter of 2013 while assets under management rose $31 billion or 16 per cent, mainly driven by higher market values and growth in new client assets.The bank’s return on equity was 16.3 per cent versus 12.8 per cent year-over-year. read more

Businessman charged with causing death by dangerous driving

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWest Bank businessman slapped with causing death chargeAugust 4, 2016In “Crime”Minibus driver granted bail for causing road deathAugust 29, 2013In “Crime”Driver charged with death of Andrew ‘Six Heads’ LewisMay 6, 2015In “Crime” Four months after a 64-year-old pedestrian was struck down on the Herstelling Public Road, East Bank Demerara, a Mocha, East Bank Demerara resident was charged and granted $1M bail when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.Cleveland Softlieigh, a businessman, pleaded not guilty when he was read the charge before Magistrate Judy Latchman.The court heard that on July 29, 2017, at around 20:20hrs, the accused allegedly drove his motor car, PKK 3251 in a dangerous manner to the public, causing the death of 64-year-old Ingrid James who was attempting to cross the road.James’ body was flung several feet away and she sustained severe head and internal injuries before succumbing at the Diamond Diagnostic Centre.The defendant’s lawyer sought to apply for bail for his applicant, informing the court that the businessman is a father to four.Bail was granted and the matter was transferred to the Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan.The businessman is expected to return to court on December 5, 2017. read more

Viborg HK wins the first season title

← Previous Story Johannesson new Austria coach! Next Story → Marta Mangue: “In Denmark will play only Scandi girls” Viborg HK Former Champions League winner, Viborg HK wins Danish Super Cup against the Champions, Midtjylland 33:28. Famous Danish team is preparing for the Qualification tournament of the EHF Champions League in 20 days.FC Midtjylland : Viborg HK 28:33 (15:19)FC Midtjylland: Troelsen 7, Groot 7, Brøgger Led 3, Spellerberg 3, Østergaard 3, Thorsgaard 2, Biltoft 1, Woller 1, Sørensen 1Viborg: Skov 10, Chebbah 5, Jurack 4, Gulldén 3, Fisker 3, Hornbech Mikkelsen 2, Althaus 2, Ahlm 1, Malm Frafjord 1, Aagaard 1, Mikkelsen 1 read more

Rolf Harris appears in court on child sex charges

first_imgVETERAN ENTERTAINER ROLF Harris has appeared in court in London this morning to face nine charges relating to indecent assault and four of making indecent images of children.There was a large media presence outside the Old Baily as the 83-year-old arrived for the hearing, accompanied by his wife.He confirmed his name and address to the judge before the case was referred to Southwark Crown Court, where he is due to appear on 7 October, according to BBC News. Harris is charged with six counts of indecent assault relating to a girl aged between 15 and 16 for incidents dating from April 1980 to April 1981, and three relating to a girl aged 14 dating from April and June 1986.He is further charged with four counts of making indecent images of children, on or before dates spanning between March and July 2012.Harris is one of several older celebrities in Britain arrested under Operation Yewtree, the police probe into historical abuse set up in the wake of revelations that the late BBC star Jimmy Savile was a prolific sex offender.The entertainer, who moved to England in 1952, has been a popular figure on British TV for decades. He painted an 80th birthday portrait of Queen Elizabeth II in 2005, took part in her diamond jubilee celebrations last year, and has been honoured by both Britain and Australia.The charges against Harris are not connected to Savile, who police believe was one of Britain’s worst-ever sex offenders.Additional reporting, AFPRead: Stuart Hall’s sentence for sex assaults doubled by appeal court >Read: Max Clifford pleads ‘not guilty to 11 charges of indecent assault >last_img read more

Les requins vivants sont bénéfiques au tourisme

first_imgLes requins vivants sont bénéfiques au tourismeLa simple équation qui fait qu’un requin vivant entraîne à lui seul deux millions de dollars de retombées touristiques pourrait être un moteur pour faire cesser la pêche de cette espèce menacée d’extinction. Ce chiffre est donné par une étude australienne qui a été publiée hier.Les requins sont victimes de la surpêche car leurs ailerons sont très recherchés pour la préparation de plats asiatiques. Cependant une étude australienne révèle que les requins ont une valeur plus importante vivants que morts. Comme l’indique Mark Meekan de l’Institut australien des sciences marines (AIMS),  l’”étude montre que ces animaux peuvent être beaucoup plus utiles en tant que ressource touristique que cible de capture”.À lire aussiUn requin mako filmé en pleine attaque par une caméra embarquée (Vidéo)Un requin de récif, dans la région de Palau (à 800 kilomètres à l’est des Philippines dans le Pacifique nord), peut faire gagner jusqu’à 121.000 euros par an aux sites de plongée de l’archipel, soit 8% du PIB. C’est-à-dire que sur toute sa vie, un requin peut rapporter presque deux milliards de dollars à l’économie locale d’un pays. En effet, la plongée parmi les requins est une activité très prisée des touristes, explique l’AFP.L’Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature (UICN) fait savoir que 30% des différentes espèces de requins sont aujourd’hui menacées d’extinction. Au total, 73 millions d’entre eux sont abattus chaque année. Cette espèce est particulièrement vulnérable car ce poisson ne se reproduit que tardivement et ne peut donner naissance qu’à peu de petits. C’est également à Palau que le premier sanctuaire pour requin au monde a été créé et différents territoires, comme l’Etat de Hawaï, ont interdit la vente d’ailerons de requins.”Cette étude peut inciter davantage de pays à s’intéresser à ces animaux pour leur contribution aux océans et au bien-être financier d’un pays”, indique Matt Rand, le spécialiste à l’origine de cette étude.Le 8 mai 2011 à 15:36 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Suspect attacks police facing charges

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Sept 2015 – A 22-year-old man from Kew Town was charged with assaulting an officer on Monday August 31. Police say the man assaulted an officer while the officer was assisting in executing a search warrant.The 22-year-old was taken to Chalk Sound Police Station where he was charged but later made bail. He’s scheduled to attend Magistrate’s Court #2 Wednesday September 9, 2015.By Shorrell Dames @magneticmedia1 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:assault, kew town, police Recommended for you Update: Women robbed while exercising (21 year old Arrested) Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force’s mission to combat abusive images of children online Police get wanted man; Magistrate Court back openlast_img read more

Sheela Foam makes stellar debut in exchanges shares surge 41

first_imgMattress maker Sheela Foam on Friday made a stellar debut in the exchanges with its shares listing at Rs 860 per share, 18 percent over its issue price.At 11.09 am, the share price of the company was up 41.37 percent to trade at Rs 1,032 at National Stock Exchange (NSE).The company, which owns the popular mattress brand Sleepwell, had its Rs 510 crore initial public offering (IPO) between November 29 and December 1. It had priced its issue in Rs 680-730 range and witnessed a healthy over-subscription of 5.09 times.While the quota for qualified institutional buyers (QIBs) was oversubscribed by 14.51 times, non-institutional investors’ quota saw 3.3 times subscription. However, retail investors’ quota was undersubscribed at 44 percent.According to reports, Sheela Foam had raised around Rs 153 crore by allotting shares to anchor investors like Fidelity, Goldman Sachs, East Spring, HDFC MF (mutual fund), SBI MF, ICICI Prudential MF, Premji Investment, IDFC MF and Sundaram MF.The Sleepwell brand had a market share of around 20-23 percent of the organised mattress market in India by the end of last financial year. Sale of home comfort products constituted 64.5 percent of its total revenue during last fiscal.Sheela Foam has seen its revenue grow at a compounded annual rate of 10 percent in the last four years with profit growth of 9 percent, the Business Line reported. Its consolidated revenue was at Rs 1,550 crore with a net profit of Rs 104.7 crore during this period. Sleepwell brand of the company competes with Kurl-on and Duroflex in the mid and high-end segment in the domestic market.last_img read more

Malian Spiderman honoured by Macron

first_imgFrench president Emmanuel Macron (L) speaks with Mamoudou Gassama, 22, from Mali, at the presidential Elysee Palace in Paris, on 28 May 2018. Photo: AFPA Malian migrant who saved a four-year-old child hanging from a fourth-floor Paris balcony after scaling the building with his bare hands was honoured by French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday and offered citizenship.Two days after his daring Spiderman-style rescue — viewed millions of times online — Mamoudou Gassama was received by Macron at the presidential palace.”All the (Gassama’s) documents will be put in order,” Macron told the sporty 22-year-old who has become a national hero, referring to his immigration status.In the meeting, live footage of which was carried on the president’s Facebook page, Macron gave Gassama a medal for bravery and also proposed that Gassama join the French fire service.”I was not thinking of anything. I went straight up”, Gassama, who wore jeans and a short-sleeved patterned shirt, told Macron, recounting the episode.”Bravo,” Macron replied.”I’m pleased because it’s the first time I’ve received a trophy like that,” Gassama, who arrived in France in September 2017, said after receiving his medal.Gassama leaped into action Saturday evening on seeing a child dangling in mid-air from a balcony half-way up an apartment block in the multi-ethnic 18th district of the French capital.The video shows him pulling himself up from balcony to balcony as a man on the fourth floor tries to hold on to the child by leaning across from a neighbouring balcony.On reaching the fourth floor Gassama, who lives in a hostel for immigrants, throws one leg over the balcony before reaching out with his right arm and grabbing the child.Firefighters arrived at the scene to find the child had already been rescued, with a spokesman saying that “luckily, there was someone who was physically fit and who had the courage to go and get the child.”Praising Gassama, government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux tweeted: “This incredibly brave act, which is true to the values of solidarity of our Republic, must open the doors of our national community to him.”His story instantly drew comparisons with that of another Malian migrant who was feted as a hero, and given citizenship, for helping save lives during a January 2015 terror attack.Lassana Bathily helped hide hostages in the freezer during an Islamist jihadi attack on a Jewish supermarket, in which four people were killed.- Dream of a better life -Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo also lauded Gassama, who arrived in France in September 2017, for his “act of bravery” as well as phoning him personally to “thank him warmly”.”He explained to me that he had arrived from Mali a few months ago dreaming of building his life here.”I told him that his heroic act is an example to all citizens and that the city of Paris will obviously be very keen to support him in his efforts to settle in France,” she added.Tracked down by reporters 24 hours after the heroic rescue, Gassama said he had acted without thinking.”I saw all these people shouting, and cars sounding their horns. I climbed up like that and, thank God, I saved the child,” he said.”I felt afraid when I saved the child… (when) we went into the living room, I started to shake, I could hardly stand up, I had to sit down,” he added.According to initial inquiries by the authorities, the child’s parents were not at home at the time.The father was held for questioning by police for having left his child unattended.The child’s mother was not in Paris at the time.last_img read more

How Long Are You Contagious With The Flu

first_img Share It’s shaping up to be one of the worst flu seasons in years.If you are one of the thousands of Americans who are sick with the flu, this one’s for you.You’ve spent the past couple of days cooped up in your house watching bad TV, fighting the fever sweats and expelling a baffling amount of mucus. As you start to resemble a human being again, you might feel pressure to head back to work.But when is it really OK to return? Many people go back as soon as their symptoms start to resolve, which could be putting your co-workers at risk.Those unpleasant symptoms are actually the result of your immune response battling the flu virus. Take fever for example. Your body starts a fever because the flu virus doesn’t grow as well at high temperatures, and some immune cells actually work better.All that gooey mucus you’ve been coughing up is good at trapping viruses before they can infect other cells.Your body is in an all out war, you against the virus. Immune cells seek out and destroy virus-infected cells.As your airways get irritated, you cough and sneeze. And that’s exactly what the flu wants. That’s because the flu is spread from person to person in virus-containing droplets that are produced when a sick person coughs, sneezes or even breathes. When you cough, tiny droplets that fly from your mouth can travel as far as 20 feet at speeds ranging from 25-50 mph. Sometimes they can stay suspended for hours.If someone inhales those particles, they can become infected. The flu can even be transmitted if someone touches a surface contaminated with flu and then touches her face or mouth. That’s why hand-washing is so important when you’re sick. But the best way to prevent spreading the flu is to stay home if you can.So how long are you really contagious with the flu?The CDC says you are contagious one day before you start feeling sick and up to seven days after. If you’re a kid, elderly, or have a weak immune system, you can be contagious for even longer.NPR’s Skunk Bear gives us an inside glimpse into how your body fights the flu, and when it’s a good idea to head back to work.Madeline Sofia, Meredith Rizzo, Adam Cole and Ryan Kellman produced this video for NPR. Daniela Sherer created original animations for the video.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

RetroBit RType and Holy Diver Collectors Editions

first_img Sealed Copy of NES Cult Classic ‘Kid Icarus’ Earns $9K at AuctionMike Tyson Is Still Pissed Over Nintendo’s ‘Punch-Out!!’ Just like the R-Type Returns Collector’s Edition, the Holy Diver Collector’s Edition also comes with a game-box-in-a-bigger-box, and that game box also includes the game cartridge (this time an NES cart with just one game on it) and instruction manual. It also comes with a black slipcase for the cartridge to keep dust off the pins, like NES games used to include. It’s a shame the R-Type Returns cartridge didn’t come with a plastic cap for the bottom, like SNES games had. This looks like an NES game through and through, and would totally fit behind the counter at Kay Bee Toys. Let’s start with the game itself, the cart-in-a-box-in-a-box. Yes, this is an actual Super Nintendo cartridge,  manufactured this decade. Yes, it works if you put it in your SNES, or Analogue Super NT, or Retro Freak, or Retro-Bit’s own Super Retro Trio Plus. It’s black instead of SNES gray (the first thousand have a special blue variant cartridge), but anyone who’s played Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage knows the SNES has had some wacky cartridge colors. The instruction manual is a classic, full-color manual with glossy paper, just like they used to put in game boxes, and the box itself is sized just like original Super Nintendo games.The Collector’s Edition comes with other goodies, like this enamel pin set of the R-9 with and without the Force Unit.An envelope with R-Type art cards and stickers also comes in the box. That Space Corps ’91 is probably going on my Chromebook, alongside the Tuff-E-Nuff sticker from Retro-Bit’s Jaleco Brawler’s Pack, a GODZ sticker from a metal bar in Shinjuku, a Jolt Cola logo sticker, and a Kojumbo Predictions sticker designed tongue-in-cheek by our own K. Thor Jensen. I’m not kidding about any of those things.A glossy-covered R-Type notebook is also included, which seems like an odd pack-in for any game, but notebooks are always handy, and this one definitely looks nice.Holy Diver is a weirder story, because it never officially came out in North America until Retro-Bit started loading it on its plug-in retro game systems like the Super Retro-Cade. No, it isn’t “directly” related to Ronnie James Dio. It is, however, an absurdly metal Castlevania-like game that name drops rock acts like it’s JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. Take a look at the introduction in the included manual. The add-ons in the Collector’s Edition are just like the add-ons in the R-Type Returns Collector’s Edition, with a small twist. This game includes two enameled pins, but they’re pretty drastically different. One is the game’s logo, and the other is a special FigPins pin of Randy, the main character of the game. FigPins are big-ass enamel pins that you can pin to things or display vertically like an action figure.Art cards and stickers are also included, and they’re pretty rad. The stickers are a bit heavy on the single Holy Diver logo, but the sprite stickers look cool, and the art cards look way more hype than the game’s own original box art.You get a notebook, too. This notebook looks a bit better than the R-Type notebook, if only because the metal fantasy art style works much better for a grimoire than a space shoot-em-up.Each Retro-Bit Collector’s Edition is available for $59.99, which is less than most modern games’ collector’s editions. The included merch is pretty high-quality, if not huge or wildly ornate. Nice pins, nice stickers, nice art cards, nice notebooks. All that, and game boxes and instruction manuals that could have come out of the early 90s. If you’re a retro game collector, you should consider checking these out.Also, the games themselves are pretty great. But that’s a story, or perhaps stream, for another day.Love retro games as much as we do? Check out our post on The Best Mobile Ports of Retro Games.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on target Retro-Bit has been making controllers and accessories for classic game consoles for a few years now. They’ve also been making retro consoles themselves, like the darn-good-for-$40 HDMI-outputting RES Plus and $80 three-in-one (NES, SNES, and Sega Genesis) HDMI-outputting Super Retro Trio Plus. Retro-Bit is a name to know if you have a collection of classic game cartridges and want to keep playing them. You should also know them if you want to get new and potentially esoteric game cartridges in fancy collector’s editions.Yes, thanks to Retro-Bit you can get brand-new, freshly manufactured NES and SNES carts. They started last year with Data-East and Jaleco multi-packs like the Joe & Mac: Ultimate Caveman Collection and Jaleco Brawler Collection. Now they’ve moved into collector’s edition territory with two carts holding Irem classics, and they sent us those editions to check out.This is the R-Type Returns Collector’s Edition and the Holy Diver Collector’s Edition. One is a two-pack of two of the best side-scrolling shoot-em-ups of the SNES/Super Famicom age: R-Type III: The Third Lightning and Super R-Type. The other is a surprisingly good Castlevania-like platformer that until now was Famicom-only; Holy Diver has never been available on the NES until now.Let’s start with the recognizable classic, the R-Type double cart. Super R-Type was one of the SNES’ near-launch titles (just two months after the system came out), remixing R-Type II into its own 16-bit game. R-Type III: The Third Lightning came out later on the SNES, and (according to a Wikipedia citation, because my archive of old gaming magazines isn’t that comprehensive) was Electronic Gaming Monthly‘s Best Shooter of 1994. The R-Type Returns Collector’s Edition puts both of those games on one SNES cartridge, puts that cartridge in a box with a color instruction manual, and puts that box in a bigger, fancier box with some other stuff.last_img read more

Teresa remark Bhagwat slammed by oppn Church

first_imgThe remarks made by Bhagwat in Rajasthan on Monday that conversion to Christianity was the main objective behind Mother Teresa’s service to the poor were condemned as “rubbish” and “uncharitable” and an attempt to malign her. The Government said it had nothing to do with Bhagwat’s remarks. The Missionaries of Charity trashed Bhagwat’s claim, saying he was “misinformed”.”He is misinformed. It should be absolutely clear that conversion was not going on when Mother was there, nor it is going on now. The whole motive is to serve the poor selflessly, bring joy and dignity into their lives,” Sunita Kumar, spokesperson of the organisation founded by Teresa in 1950, told a news agency in Kolkata. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIA close confidant of the Mother for many years, she said, “I never saw anything like that (conversion) happening. It is all rubbish”.Teresa, who died in 1997 in Kolkata, had won the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize and was beatified as the “Blessed Teresa of Calcutta” in 2003.Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Loreto)’s Sister S M Cyril, who knew Teresa closely, said it was silly and stupid to think like that. “It is completely wrong that they have been propagating conversion. She never hoped that those who are serving will convert to Christianity. She had selfless love for people in her heart and that is why she served them,” said the Padma Shri awardee who has served as the principal of Loreto Day School, Sealdah. The Catholic Church voiced its strong resentment over Bhagwat’s remarks, dubbing it unfortunate.”It is quite unfortunate that the services of such a world renowned Nobel Prize laureate and Bharat Ratna awardee like Mother Teresa being dragged into unwarranted controversies,” President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) Cardinal Mar Baselios Cleemis said.last_img read more

Grand Coral mangrove devastation still without restitution

first_imgThe Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection in the state issued an acuerdo resolutivo whereby it terminates the case without restitution of damage to those responsible. In 2014, companies GC Riviera Maya and GC Riviera Maya Urban Golf Course projects were closed for violating Mexican legislation by filling mangroves with stony material. Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Years after the destruction of mangroves in the area of Grand Coral in Riviera Maya, federal officials have yet to find restitution. The general director of Environmental Planning and Urban Development, Eduardo Morentín Ocejo, confirmed that the company Grand Coral, did not show any permits for the mangrove fill. Police arrest security guards for denying access In addition to the top executives of Bancaja and Banco de Valencia and the hotel businessmen, the judge processed another 39 people, mostly second-row managers and members of the different Board of Directors during those years. Federal officials were initially denied access to the site, however, they managed to inspect the area with Solidaridad police support. Several security guards were arrested for denying access. Thanks to the loans granted by Bancaja and Banco de Valencia “in a systematic way” the entrepreneurs obtained unjustified profits of 170 million euros, part of which were allegedly laundered in the Private Banking of Andorra. Of the 750 million evaporated, 160.5 million corresponded to the loss of value of the shareholdings of Bancaja and Banco de Valencia in the projects and 452.3 to the non-payment of the loans granted to the projects.center_img Upon inspection, they found more than 8,300 square meters of mangrove destroyed by the illegal fill. The flora and fauna of that mangrove area continues to be listed in NOM 059 under the category of threatened species. The Grand Coral loans lacked economic rationality and were plagued by irregularities, according to a report by judicial experts appointed by the Bank of Spain. The entities suffered “an economic loss of 100% of the investment”. Since then, the owners of the project have been prosecuted in Spain. In 2018, a judge from the Audiencia Nacional Carmen Lamela prosecuted the former president of the now defunct Bancaja and Banco de Valencia, José Luis Olivas as well as its former directors José Luis Izquierdo and Domingo Parra for the embezzlement of 750 million euros in the Grand Coral project. The real estate project was a plan of investments in Baja California and Riviera Maya that, between 2005 and 2009, financed the Valencian entities in partnership with the hotel promoters Juan Vicente Ferri, José Salvador Baldó and Juan Poch. Mangrove destruction, being filled with stones He stressed that it is up to Procuraduría Federal de Protección (Profepa) to determine the procedure because in the end, it is a federal crime and as a municipality, they act according to law. “In all these operations it is verified that the top leaders of Bancaja and Banco de Valencia allowed, in some cases, and sponsored in others, an authentic operation of embezzlement of the entities that unjustifiably ended up in the hands of hotel partners Juan Ferri, José Baldó and Juan Poch,” reported the judge.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chinchillas press chief resigns

first_imgNo related posts. The head of Casa Presidencial’s press office, Mario Aguilar, resigned on Friday, Communications Minister Carlos Roverssi told The Tico Times.Roverssi said the announcement took him by surprise.“For me it’s surprising. Don Mario sent me a letter saying that for personal reasons he decided to return to the Legislative Assembly. Of course, I respect his decision,” Roverssi said.Aguilar became head of President Laura Chinchilla’s press office in March 2012, following the departure of Emma Lizano. Before moving to Casa Presidencial, in the southeastern San José district of Zapote, Aguilar worked in the Assembly’s press office.Roverssi moved to Casa Presidencial in June from the Foreign Ministry, after former Communications Minister Francisco Chacón resigned amid a scandal related to a presidential flight tied to a Colombian businessman with suspected drug cartel links.Also on Friday, Roverssi fired two Casa Presidencial journalists, Carlos Mora and Tatiana Herrera. Aguilar said the firings contributed to his decision to leave.“I didn’t agree with [the firings], especially in Herrera’s case, as [Roverssi] did it without consulting me,” Aguilar told The Tico Times.Roverssi defended the move, saying, “I’m making personnel adjustments to build a team of people with whom I have always worked and whom I know well.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Europe marks 70 years since Nazi defeat end of epochal war

first_img Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Comments   Share   U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, accompanied by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, center, participates in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Paris, France, Friday, May 8, 2015, during France’s 70th anniversary of V-E Day. Kerry has also visited Sri Lanka, Somalia, Djibouti, Kenya, and Saudi Arabia on his trip. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool) How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Paris’ mile-long Champs Elysees was closed to traffic to make way for a procession of official motorcades and mounted military escorts that ascended the wide boulevard from the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe, site of France’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.“The victory of May 8th wasn’t the supremacy, the domination, of one nation over another. It was the victory of an ideal over a totalitarian ideology,” President Francois Hollande said in a speech before arriving at the giant stone arch.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the U.S. ambassador to France joined French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius to lay a wreath at the tomb, in a sign of appreciation for the American role in liberating France from German occupation.Photos taken 70 years ago show massive crowds of Parisians filling the Champs Elysees to celebrate the Nazi surrender, after nearly five years of occupation. May 8 is now a public holiday in France, but relatively few people turned out on the Champs Elysees Friday for the official ceremony.Reims, the capital of France’s champagne wine region where the German surrender was signed, was organizing four days of events to mark the anniversary. PARIS (AP) — With quiet moments of memory or military pomp, leaders and ordinary citizens across Europe are marking 70 years since the Nazi defeat and the end of a war that ravaged the continent. But the East-West alliance that vanquished Hitler is deeply divided today.Russia is celebrating Soviet wartime feats in a ceremony Saturday that is causing diplomatic tensions because of the country’s role in Ukraine’s conflict. Poland has held a ceremony meant as an alternative to Moscow’s. The German capitulation was announced to the world later that day by an Associated Press reporter who defied military censors to get the story out a full day ahead of the competition — an act for which he was reprimanded and fired. Decades later the news agency apologized for how it treated the reporter, Edward Kennedy, and said he had done the right thing.In Caen, the Normandy town liberated and largely destroyed during the D-Day invasion nearly a year before the surrender, a “Victory Ball” was being held with a big-band playing swing tunes.Other ceremonies took place around Europe, including in Poland, where President Bronislaw Komorowski was joined by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and the presidents of Ukraine and several Central European countries for a ceremony at the site where some of the first shots were fired by Germany against Poland at the start of the war on Sept. 1, 1939.In Germany, top officials gathered at Berlin’s Reichstag parliament building for an hour-long commemoration of the end of the war in Europe.___Follow Greg Keller on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Greg_KellerCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

Brolga Tourism Awards

first_imgYoung AchieverTuesday Turner  Chairman’s Choice AwardAAT Kings Major Tourist AttractionsUluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Minister for Tourism, Matt Conlan, this evening congratulated the winners of the 26th Brolga Northern Territory Tourism Awards. The Brolga Awards recognise and encourage tourism businesses that strive for excellence. “The Brolga Awards shine a light on one of our most important industries,” Mr Conlan said. “Tourism in the Northern Territory is world-class, we need to acknowledge those businesses which maintain our reputation and ensure tourists keep coming back. “Tourism is one of the largest employers in the Territory; it is an industry we can grow and expand.” All business category winners of the 2012 Brolga Northern Territory Tourism Awards will be finalists in the 2012 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards to be held in Hobart in February 2013. Tourism Ministers Perpetual TrophyMax Davidson Heritage and Cultural TourismVenture North Australia Major Tour and/or  Transport Operators Yellow Water Cruise Gagudju Dreaming Hosted AccommodationEden at Fogg Dam Visitor Information and Services  Tourism Top End Tourist AttractionsUluru Camel Tours Tourism NT Business Growth AwardBanu Banu Wilderness Retreat Adventure TourismJungala Enterprises Deluxe Accommodation – Quest Parap Business TourismDarwin Convention Centre Backpacker AccommodationHaven Backpacker Resort Standard Accommodation – All Seasons Katherine Unique Accommodation Wildman Wilderness Lodge Major Tour and/or Transport Operator – AAT Kings Deluxe AccommodationMantra on the Esplanadecenter_img Tourist & Caravan ParksBig4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park Indigenous TourismRT Tours Australia Tour and/or Transport Operators Uluru Camel Tours Judges Highly Commended AwardDeluxe Accommodation – Lasseters Hotel Casino Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable TourismEarth Sanctuary World Nature Centre New Tourism Development Royal Flying Doctor Service Alice Springs Tourist Facility George Dunne Award Outstanding Contribution by an IndividualPauline Rayner Outstanding Interpretive GuideDean Hoath  Category Encouragement AwardHeritage and Cultural Tourism – Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Tourist and Caravan Parks – Ayers Rock Resort Campground Outstanding Contribution by an EmployeeJustin Rutherford  Standard AccommodationSavannah Way Motel Specialised Tourism Services – AAT Kings Foreign Language Tours Specialised Tourism ServicesNorthern Territory Library Tourism Restaurants and Catering ServicesDaly Waters Historic Pub Source = Northern Territory Tourismlast_img read more

NEW YORK NY – Star Wars The Last Jedi hasnt

first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” hasn’t been mentioned much in this year’s awards season, but it’s among the nominees for AARP The Magazine’s 17th annual Movies for Grownups Awards.Oscar contenders are also in the mix. Besides “The Last Jedi,” nominees for best film include “Get Out,” ”Lady Bird,” ”The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”Best-actress nominees are Meryl Streep, Annette Bening, Judi Dench, Salma Hayek and Frances McDormand; best-actor nominees are Denzel Washington, Steve Carell, Daniel Day-Lewis, Gary Oldman and Tom Hanks.There will also be trophies for best-supporting actor and actress, director and ensemble cast, and for categories like best “grown-up love story.”Helen Mirren will receive a career achievement award.The Feb. 5 ceremony will be held in Los Angeles. It will air on PBS’ “Great Performances” on Feb. 23.___Online:www.aarp.org/moviesforgrownups___For full coverage of awards season, visit: https://apnews.com/tag/AwardsSeason FILE – This file image released by Lucasfilm shows Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Get Out,” ”Lady Bird,” ”The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” are among the nominees for AARP The Magazine’s 17th annual Movies for Grownups Awards. The Feb. 5 ceremony will be held in Los Angeles. It will air on PBS’ “Great Performances” on Feb. 23. (John Wilson/Lucasfilm via AP, File) ‘The Last Jedi,’ ‘Three Billboards’ among AARP nomineescenter_img by The Associated Press Posted Jan 17, 2018 7:25 am PDT Last Updated Jan 17, 2018 at 10:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

President pledges remedies to domestic woes

first_imgSpeaking on domestic policy for 2018-2023, during his swearing-in address to the House, President Nicos Anastasiades said more than 20 national strategies were in the works.Dozens of new bills were already before parliament or would be after the inauguration of the new cabinet, he said.Among them are public sector reforms, e-governance, research and innovation, support for start-ups, people with disabilities, children’s rights, anti-corruption, tourism and the development of rural and mountainous regions.“Our goal is to create a state that through solid fiscal policy will guarantee a dynamically developing economy with a new, modern and integrated development model,” he said, pledging a policy of balanced budgets and government surpluses.“With new initiatives we will continue the policy of reducing taxes and fostering entrepreneurship, raising family income and attracting new investment,” he said.These would lead to the effective tackling of unemployment, create more high-paying jobs and protect labour rights.Anastasiades said his government was aiming for an unemployment rate of 4-5 per cent and the introduction of a national minimum wage for all occupations, an election promise.Addressing the issue of non-performing loans in the banking sector, Anastasiades spoke of strengthening the institution of the financial ombudsman and the creation of new tools “always in cooperation with parliament” to more effectively address the problem.“I want to reiterate that our goal is to exploit any creative proposals from whichever political force they come,” he said.The plan was the gradual restoration of much of the damage suffered by those who lost money in the bail-in. This would include reimbursement of provident funds to the tune of 75 per cent, which would cost €500m, and new legislative amendments to enable a mooted national solidarity fund to which the state would contribute financial resources depending on the performance of the economy, but also by granting state property, movable or immovable.Also, a priority over the next five years would be to further strengthen small and medium-sized business (SMEs) by offering tax breaks and incentives, along with new programmes for women and youth entrepreneurship, and the development of e-commerce. These small examples were only indicative of a slew of other measures on the cards, the president said“Our priorities include the creation of a new development model that will not only extend and strengthen traditional productive sectors of the economy, such as services, tourism and shipping, but also create new productive sectors,” he said citing development in the IT, transport, health, education and audio-visual sectors.Reform of local government was still on the cards as was the new under-secretariat for tourism, he added.He also spoke of welfare programmes such as expanding the Guaranteed Minimum Income (GMI) scheme, more help for pensioners, people with disabilities, single-parent families, those with chronic diseases and refugees. He touched on stricter actions against football hooligans, and also the environment and animal welfare.“I want to be categorical: What has been agreed will be implemented within the deadlines fixed for them,” Anastasiades said. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more