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Saskatchewan throne speech promises laws on intimate images separate schools

first_imgREGINA – Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has introduced his final throne speech in the legislature before his upcoming retirement in January. Here’s a look at some of the promises in the speech:— Amend the Privacy Act so that people who have had intimate images shared without their permission can sue for compensation in a civil action.— Raise the corporate tax rate back to 12 per cent from 11.5 per cent to match other western provinces.— Repeal legislation that allows up to 49 per cent of a Crown corporation to be sold without it being considered privatization.— Bring in new mandatory referrals for organ donations.— Introduce legislation so non-Catholic parents can send their children to separate schools by invoking the notwithstanding clause of the Canadian charter.— Introduce legislation for the sale and distribution of marijuana.— Introduce legislation so that Saskatchewan Government Insurance can offer coverage to ride-hailing companies such as Uber.— Introduce a program to let seniors with household incomes under $70,000 defer the education portion of the property taxes on their home.last_img read more

Prince Edward Island poised for battle over 18th century voting system

first_imgCHARLOTTETOWN – A referendum law that could see the cradle of Confederation become the birthplace of proportional representation passed Tuesday, more than a year after Justin Trudeau struck the option from potential national reforms.P.E.I. legislators approved the Electoral System Referendum Act on Tuesday evening, laying out what Attorney General Jordan Brown describes as a “fair choice” that will “determine the electoral future of the province.”The question in the bill — “Should Prince Edward Island change its voting system to a mixed member proportional voting system?” — may also boost the system’s national exposure, alongside British Columbia’s preparations for a mail-in referendum on the issue this fall.The Island vote poses a simple “Yes” or “No” option, with political scientists predicting a tight battle over the outcome.Proponents are arguing P.E.I. is fertile ground for an early win for the system, depending on when a provincial election is held.One key argument is small jurisdictions like P.E.I. — where one of two parties often holds a lop-sided majority — don’t have sufficient checks on the government.“I think our electoral system is an 18th century system and we need to bring it into the 21st century,” says Leo Cheverie, an advocate for a “Yes” vote.However, opposition groups are now starting to form with sharply differing views.Opponents like Dr. Gary Morgan, a veterinarian in Mill River, P.E.I., says he fears his province will become a “battlefield and bellwether for people who want this electoral reform for regions in Canada.”“It’s a threat to rural voice in Prince Edward Island … in western P.E.I., we have five members representing us in the legislature and that would be down to two.”A “No” vote would mean the continuation of 27 legislature seats chosen by the first-past-the-post method, while a “Yes” creates a system of voters choosing 18 legislators in redrawn electoral districts and also casting province-wide ballots for nine others from lists parties create.The “list” seats would be assigned proportionately based on the popular vote each party received on the second part of the ballots.Under the terms of the referendum bill voted on Tuesday, members of the legislature must still briefly reconvene to approve a referendum commissioner. The bill says a victory for the “Yes” side will require a majority of votes cast in the referendum ballot in at least 60 per cent of the electoral districts.Mixed member proportional representation won a majority of the votes in a 2016 plebiscite on the Island, but Liberal Premier Wade MacLauchlan set the results aside due to a low turnout, promising he’d offer another referendum in the next general election.Political scientist Don Desserud says it’s too early to predict an outcome in Round 2.“The polling numbers are pretty evenly split … so it’s going to be interesting to see in an actual election how that plays out,” said the University of Prince Edward Island professor.Cheverie is already working behind the scenes, and predicts much of the campaign will occur through one-on-one chats among Islanders.The P.E.I. Proportional Representation Network website is using grassroots organizing methods, inviting participants to “share ideas,” and “if other citizens think it’s a good idea, they will join you and make it happen,” through online chat groups.“We’re in a new phase where we’re trying to have more people from bottom up taking action,” he said.Marcia Carroll, director of the P.E.I. Council of People with Disabilities, says she’s returning to the campaign in hopes of bringing people with disabilities into politics.“This has stirred something political in me deeper than I realized I had,” said Carroll. “We’re ready to go again … that’s the way we work. We don’t give up.”However, Desserud says the “No” side has the quiet support of the majority Liberal and Conservative politicians on the Island, and the emergence of Morgan’s group is a sign the opposing forces are marshalling.Morgan, a former Progressive Conservative candidate in the 1990s in western P.E.I., says he expects to form alliances with urban voters who object to voting for a candidate not actually based in their riding.“I don’t see the connection between the at-large member of the legislature and democracy,” he said.Desserud also says that the campaign structure created by the Liberals in the referendum bill has helped level the playing field, by restricting off-Island donations, keeping individual donations to $1,000, and setting up public funding for both sides to draw on for advertising.“I’m watching this with fascination to see what they (the Liberals) are doing … Are they just very, very confident that when the ‘No’ supporters get organized by a regular election campaign that this will kill it?” says the professor.Brown says the referendum bill — and the governing Liberals — are unbiased.“I have looked at all the different systems. They all have their pros and cons. Whatever Islanders want I’m more than fine with,” he said.Restrictions on outside donations and the role of provincial politicians are quite reasonable, he adds.“A fulsome debate should be enabled through a system that both promotes the sharing of ideas and education … and regulates that same process so that no wealthy or outside individual can disproportionately sway the will of the voters,” he said.James Aylward, the leader of the Tory opposition, said in an interview he is also staying neutral in the vote.“I’m not going to state my preference one way or the other,” he said. “I don’t think it should be the responsibility of elected members of the legislature to push their will on the electorate.”Peter Bevan-Baker, leader of the Green Party, said he voted against the referendum bill based on its lack of public consultation, but added, “it’s been improved immensely from its original draft.”Bevan-Baker said he suspects the government’s willingness to sit through a long session to pass the bill is a sign they’re holding open the option of a fall election, with the referendum on the ballot.“Perhaps we will be making a little bit of history,” he says.Trudeau had promised to abolish the first-past-the-post federal voting system during the 2015 election, but later abandoned the plan. The prime minister argued that consultations across the country revealed that Canadians were not clamouring for change.In B.C., a campaign asking voters whether they want to switch to proportional representation or keep the first-past-the-post system will start on July 1, with voting by mail-in ballot running from Oct. 22 to Nov. 30.— By Michael Tutton in Halifaxlast_img read more

Ottawa writer Amal ElMohtar wins intl scifi prize for best short story

first_imgOttawa writer Amal El-Mohtar’s short story “Seasons of Glass and Iron,” published in the edited anthology The Starlit Wood, was declared best short story by the Hugo Awards at the 75th World Science Fiction Convention in Helsinki, Finland.The Hugo Awards, established in 1955, are considered one of the world’s top prizes for science fiction writing.El-Mohtar previously won the Locus Award for her story “The Truth About Owls.” Her poetry collection The Honey Month was published in 2010. Twitter Advertisement Best novel at the Hugo Awards was given to American writer N.K. Jemisin for The Obelisk Gate, her second win in two years. She won this category in 2016 for The Fifth Season.Canadian director Denis Villeneuve also got a nod for the film Arrival. Based on a short story by Ted Chiang and adapted by screenwriter Eric Heisserer, the film won the best dramatic presentation, long form category.By Jane van Koeverden Login/Register With: Facebookcenter_img Canadian writer Amal El-Mohtar (left) & American author N.K. Jemisin won Hugo Awards at the 75th World Science Fiction Convention in 2017. (Jessica P. Wick/Laura Hanifin) Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

EU delegation to visit Sri Lanka

He explained in detail the post conflict developments in Sri Lanka during the last four years, which has shown remarkable strides in resettlement of over 290,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), demining, reconstructing the war torn North and the East as well as in rehabilitating the former combatants and  in implementation of the language policy. He also thanked the European Union for the humanitarian and development assistance rendered to Sri Lanka. The members of the Sri Lanka delegation also added their views and engaged in an open dialogue on a variety of issues of mutual interest and concern.The Deputy Speaker, while thanking Ms. Jean Lambert, MEP, the Chair of the South Asia Delegation for their invitation to the Sri Lankan Parliament to visit the EU Parliament said, Sri Lanka in principle welcomes the proposed visit to Sri Lanka by a similar cross-party delegation from the South Asia Delegation of the European Parliament this year. On the last day of their official visit on Friday 31st May, the Deputy Speaker and his delegation visited the Federal Parliament of the Kingdom of Belgium and was warmly received by Hon. Andre Flahaut, the President of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives, of the Federal Parliament. This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Belgium. (Colombo Gazette) The Sri Lanka Parliamentary delegation on Tuesday 28th May had a fruitful discussion on a wide range of issues with the “Friends of Sri Lanka Group in the EU Parliament”, hosted by Geoffrey Van Orden, MEP, the Chair of the Group. The delegation shared their views candidly on recent developments in the country on human rights, rule of law, and governance.  The Chair of the Friends Group said it is their wish that the Commonwealth Heads of State and Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be a success and that it would help in projecting the country in correct perspective.The delegation also had bilateral meetings with Oldrich Viasak, MEP and Vice President of the European Parliament, Elmar Brock, MEP, the Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee (AFET) of the EU Parliament, and also with Mr. Robert Sturdy, MEP and the Vice Chair of  the International Trade Committee (INTA) & the President of the EU-Sri Lanka Business Council.The Sri Lanka Parliamentary delegation on Monday 27th May, had a cordial meeting  with Miichele Coninsx, the  President of the EUROJUST, an institution based in The Hague. It comprises legal experts including prosecutors, magistrates, police officers from the national legal authorities of each of the 27 EU Countries, and is extending judicial cooperation among the Member States in combating trans-border crimes including countering terrorism. During their five-days official visit from the delegation held a wide range of discussions with the elected members of the European Parliament and officials of other key EU institutions. On Wednesday 29th May, the Deputy Speaker and his delegation attended the South Asia Delegation meeting of the EU Parliament that was dedicated to engage with the visiting Sri Lankan Parliamentary Group. Addressing the elected members of the South Asia Delegation of the European Parliament, officials and diplomatic representatives of the South Asian countries, the Deputy Speaker said that, their visit is taking place as an exchange to the two previous visits undertaken by the South Asia Delegation to Sri Lanka in 2011 and 2012 respectively, and also as a part of the ongoing dialogue between the two law-making bodies, as well as between Sri Lanka and the European Union. During their visit to Luxembourg on the 30th May, the delegation learnt about the work of the judicial arm of the European Union- the European Court of Justice (ECJ), and its contribution in redressing legal disputes and grievances arising out of the decisions of the European Union and its legislations. They paid a courtesy call on Hon. Koen Lenaerts, Vice-President and the Deputy Chief Justice of the ECJ. They also had an engagement with the European Investment Bank officials discussing matters of mutual interest in the field of investment and finances. A European Union (EU) Parliamentary delegation has proposed a visit to Sri Lanka this year, the Embassy of Sri Lanka to Belgium, Luxembourg and the EU said.At the invitation extended by the Delegation for Relations with the Countries of South Asia (DSAS) of the European Parliament, a cross party delegation from Sri Lanka led by Chandima Weerakkody, MP, Deputy Speaker and comprising Muthu Sivalingam, Deputy Minister of Economic Development representing the Ceylon  Workers Congress (CWC), Sudath Neranjan Wickremasinghe, MP, of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), Eran Wickramaratne, MP, of the United National Party (UNP) and Sunil Handunneththi, MP, of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) visited the European Parliament  in Brussels this week. read more

UN report reveals shocking abuse African migrant women face on their journey

The United Nations migration agency today said that perhaps 80 per cent of Nigerian migrant women and girls arriving on Europe’s shores in Italy could potentially be sex trafficking victims, spotlighting the horrific levels of abuse and violence migrants face along their arduous journeys for a better future.In its report, Human Trafficking through the Central Mediterranean Route (in Italian), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) highlights the plight of those who have been assisted by the UN agency and calls for urgent action against the “market” which are supplied these victims was well as what is called is a “growing demand” for paid sexual services. “Trafficking is a transnational crime that devastates the lives of thousands of people and is the cause of untold suffering,” Federico Soda, the Director of the IOM Coordinating Office for the Mediterranean, said in a news release announcing the findings. “This is a theme we have been working on for years, committing to protect, prevent and collaborate with the authorities dealing with organized crime.” According to the UN agency, over the past three years, its office in Italy has witnesses an almost 600 per cent increase in the number of potential sex trafficking victims arriving in Italy by sea. The upward trend has continued during the first six months of this year, with most victims arriving from Nigeria. The data feeding the report was drawn from IOM operations in various parts of Italy, where staff met with potential victims of trafficking as soon as they reached the country, allowing the UN agency to develop a list of indicators that can help identify potential victims. Described in the report, the indicators include gender (most sex trafficking victims are women); age (most victims age between 13-24 years); nationality (most are Nigerians); and psycho-physical wellness (victims are mostly silent and often “controlled” by other migrants who speak on their behalf or refuse to let them be interview by IOM). When IOM staff identify a potential victim of trafficking, they explain to them that it is possible to access protection mechanisms and, with the victim’s consent, the staff inform the anti-trafficking helpline about the victim. Also, if the person agrees, IOM staff provides assistance in communicating and filing a report to the investigating authorities. “The report describes IOM’s activities in the face of this phenomenon: the difficulties in protecting victims and the main vulnerabilities identified among several cases of people who were assisted by [the agency],” said Carlotta Santarossa, the project’s manager at IOM, adding: “We also wanted to tell some of the stories of people who have been assisted by IOM staff to highlight the true nature of this painful and hateful form of slavery.” The English version of the report will be released shortly, according to IOM. read more

Three Brock people receive awards for saving the life of a student

Mayla Parrent, associate director of Campus Security, rower Matt Ward, Student trainer Daniel Vermunt, and men’s rugby coach Les Gilson.A student and two staff members from Brock University were presented with awards from the Lifesaving Society for their dramatic roles in saving the life of a rowing team member who had collapsed without a pulse while training.Student trainer Daniel Vermunt, men’s rugby coach Les Gilson and Mayla Parrent, associate director of Campus Security, were honoured last night at the Brock Athletics Annual Awards Dinner in St. Catharines.The three leapt to action last Nov. 13 when an 18-year-old varsity rower from Niagara Falls collapsed at the rowing centre at the University. Vermunt and Gilson were waiting for a bus outside the centre when Vermunt heard shouts of, “Someone is down!” Vermunt, who holds the Lifesaving Society’s Standard First Aid and Automatic Electronic Defibrillator (AED) certifications, rushed inside to find that the rower was not breathing.As EMS was notified, Vermunt called to a bystander to get the AED. Gilson then arrived and, with Vermunt, began two-person CPR and used the AED to shock the heart of the ailing student.Parrent, also a Society Standard First Aid and AED certificate holder, was next to arrive, and she helped with compressions. The three performed CPR for 10 to 15 minutes before the young man began shallow breathing and EMS arrived.Vermunt and Gilson only happened to be nearby because a bus was late in picking up the rugby team and taking them to an Ontario University Athletics bronze medal game, said Gilson.“It was a whole bunch of little things that happened to fall into place,” he said. read more

Windies T20 star Gayle proving too pricey for Super Smashs Central

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIPL: RCB decide against retaining GayleJanuary 4, 2018In “Sports”Windies trio set to headline Canada showpieceJune 4, 2018In “latest news”‘Gayle getting old’ – Former Indian batting star claims RCB decision understandableJanuary 16, 2018In “Sports” Despite admitting to having hopes of signing Windies T20 star Chris Gayle, New Zealand Super Smash Central Districts admits the star is likely to be outside of their price range.The Stags had originally planned to secure the services of Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene, but missed out after the player scaled back his overall playing commitments. The 38-year-old Gayle was then added to the wish list, but without a commitment from sponsors, it is unlikely the player can be signed.The big players typically command around $50,000 for a full season. The player is only likely to be available for the last four or five games and the playoffs, and was in the country already, potentially $20,000 could be a starting point. Even so, the amount would be significant for teams with mostly local talent.“We generally don’t fund these acquisitions out of our budget and we try and secure funding from outside parties, and we haven’t been able to get a level of support required to bring anyone in yet. At this stage, we don’t have any [import] planned,” CD CEO Pete de Wet said.“We wouldn’t just want to get a run of the mill player. We’d want a superstar and they don’t come cheap so we haven’t been able to get to that point yet.”The Stags were close to signing Gayle in January 2013 for two New Plymouth matches after his Australian Big Bash commitments, but the deal fell through late. (Sportsmax) read more

Very difficult to schedule press conferences as frequently as Id like

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related2 press briefings in 3 years: GPA endorses criticisms of President GrangerJuly 18, 2018In “latest news”Jagdeo slams Granger for hiding from criticisms of APNU/AFC GovtFebruary 3, 2017In “Local News”2 press briefings in 3 years: President Granger abdicating his responsibilities- JagdeoJuly 11, 2018In “latest news” President David Granger during this morning’s press briefing (DPI photo)In response to a question as to whether he would now hold more frequent interactions with the media, Head of State, David Granger has said that the duties of a President are “burdensome” and so he is unable to meet with the local press as frequently as he would like.“As Leader of the Opposition, I had more frequent engagements with the media and I would like to have more frequent engagements with the media now, as I repeated at our annual brunch in January. One of the problems that face me now is scheduling and I’m not trying to kick the ball down the road but it is sometimes very difficult to schedule press conferences as frequently as I’d like,” he said.This is has been the President’s third press conference in three years since the Coalition Government took office following the 2015 General and Regional Elections. “Certainly, when as Leader of the Opposition I’d [meet with the] press a few times a week, I’d have a radio broadcast, I’d have face to face interviews…but that simply is not possible now with my schedule,” he asserted.Moreover, as he further sought to justify himself, the Head of State posited that he has to “make certain [overseas] trips,- which I have been trying to reduce-, I have to go to different parts of the country and it’s a big country, I have to [take part in some] official duties…I am also Leader of the…People’s National Congress…I will be going into the Local Government Elections as a member of my party, the APNU, to go out and campaign.”As such, he told the media that he would not compare the duties he performed as the Opposition Leader to the ones he is now tasked with as President.“… so I wouldn’t compare the duties that I performed as the Leader of the Opposition with the duties I perform as the President.  The duties of a president are much more burdensome and there are many more clashes and I’ve tried as best I could to, and I will continue to try to have more frequent engagement.” (Ramona Luthi) read more

Closure orders served on nine businesses by Food Safety Authority in October

first_imgTHREE RESTAURANTS, TWO take-aways, a grocery, a pub, a bakery and a supermarket were all hit with closure orders by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) in October.All but three have had the orders lifted since.Those that are still under the orders are:Beriozka, Enniscorthy, Co WexfordOriental Kitchen, Portmarnock, Co DublinThe Village Take Away, Kill, WaterfordA Closure Order is served where it is deemed that there is or there is likely to be a grave and immediate danger to public health at or in the premises; or where an Improvement Order is not complied with.They can be served immediately or can be served on a part of a company’s operation.Those that have had orders lifted are: Tom’s Bakery, Kinsale, Co CorkGood World Restaurant, George’s Street, Dublin 2The Parish Pump, New Ross, Co WexfordTasty Chinese Takeaway, Dromcollogher, Co LimerickTurkuaz Turkishk, Washington Street, CorkThe bakery and deli of Eurospar, Skerries, Co DublinA prohibition order is still outstanding on Doyle’s Bar in Phibsborough, Dublin 7, while one was lifted on Gilligan’s Butcher Shop in Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim.The FSAI also carried out a successful prosecution against Dillingers Restaurant in Ranelagh, Dublin 6. The restaurant was fined €100 and costs of €2,420 were awarded to the HSE.The orders bring to 121 the number of issuances this year, something Professor Alan Reilly of the FSAI says is more than last year’s 109.“There can be no excuse for putting consumers’ health at risk through negligent practices. The legal onus is on all food businesses to ensure that the food they serve is safe to eat. It is of particular importance over the coming weeks that food businesses properly prepare for the lead up to Christmas and ensure that they can cope safely with the increased volumes of food they may supply.”Read: Seven businesses handed closure orders over food safetyRead: More elbow grease needed to improve food safety, says FSAIlast_img read more

Getting in shape one app at a time

first_imgI’ve recently completed a Bachelors degree in Software Engineering and the past few months have been grueling. With the work load I had, along with a dissertation, I found myself exercising less and eating convenient (unhealthy) food more. I now face the problem of not being able to fit into my only suit for graduation day, and unable to afford a gym membership. This gave me the idea of using my Galaxy Nexus as a personal trainer.What I did was challenge myself to fit back into my suit by commencement — July 17th. I’m looking at using a combination of apps such as ones to track my runs through GPS and others to track calorie intake or calculate body fat percentage and body mass index (BMI). I’ll record my progress and give an update half way through with some mini reviews of the apps I’ve been using. Finally, the plan is to finish with an update and a decision on if you really need that gym membership or if your smartphone, some apps, and the great outdoors will suffice.The apps I’m planning on using are:EndomondoRunKeeperAdidas MiCoachMyFitnessPalFitBitAccurate Body Fat CalculatorBMI CalculatorZombies, Run! Endomondo, RunKeeper and MiCoach are all exercise trackers including GPS tracking for running or cycling so it will be good to compare the three. MyFitnessPal and FitBit are weight and calorie trackers and the two calculators are pretty self-explanatory. The most interesting of the lot though is “Zombies, Run!” as it involves a game and story to help motivate you to go running. One cool feature is that it plays a radio broadcast in between the songs in your music playlist alerting you of the zombie outbreak. It’s currently out on iOS but is due on Android on the 14th June so I’ll begin using it in the second half of the challenge. I’m also using a Tune Belt armband for getting a good GPS signal while out running.So I guess I best give you some vital statistics on myself so you can compare them to the end results, here they are:Height: 6ftWeight: 209lbs (95KG)Waist: 39.75 inches (measured around navel)Chest: 40 inchesNeck: 15.5 inchesBody fat: 25.10%BMI: 28.4If any readers out there have any suggestions for other fitness apps they’ve used and found useful or ones that are a little bit quirky like “Zombies, Run!” then let me know in the comments. Feel free to leave some feedback on the experiment, including what has and hasn’t worked for you as well.last_img read more

Greece tops 10 million people

first_imgForeigners make up 8.4 percent of the country’s population, final data from the 2011 census showed.According to figures made available by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) on Saturday, 708,003 residents were born outside the European Union compared to 199,101 who were born in an EU country other than Greece. The nationality of 4,825 people was unspecified.The majority of non-Greek residents – 52.7 percent – were born in Albania.Greece’s total population is 10,815,197, more than 1 percent smaller than the 10,934,097 recorded in 2001, when the last census was carried out – although experts warned that the data were not directly comparable, because of differences in methodology.At 5,512,494, women make up 51 percent of the population.More than half of the population – 50.3 percent – are married, the data revealed, while the average household was found to comprise 2.6 persons. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Facebook un utilisateur banni porte plainte en France

first_imgFacebook : un utilisateur banni porte plainte en FranceBanni de Facebook sans aucune raison apparente, un utilisateur français du réseau social a décidé de saisir la justice. Une plainte qu’il a pu déposer auprès du tribunal de Bayonne. C’est la première fois qu’un internaute est ainsi autorisé à poursuivre la firme de Mark Zuckerberg en France, et non en Californie où se situe son siège social.C’est une grande première en France : un internaute a été autorisé à déposer plainte contre Facebook, dont le siège social se situe en Californie, auprès d’un tribunal de proximité. Sébastien R., un homme d’origine basque, a décidé de poursuivre la firme de Mark Zuckerberg après qu’il a été banni du réseau social, et ce sans aucune raison, affirme-t-il.À lire aussiVaricelle, perturbateurs endocriniens et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 13 juinL’internaute basque avait saisi le tribunal de Bayonne une première fois en 2011, mais celui-ci s’était déclaré incompétent. Comme l’explique Reuters, il s’est tourné vers la cour d’appel de Pau. Et cette dernière a accepté le 23 mars que sa poursuite soit menée en France, jugeant la clause attribuant aux seuls tribunaux californiens les compétences nécessaires pour gérer ce type de litiges “noyée dans de très nombreuses dispositions dont aucune n’est numérotée, écrites en petits caractères et ne se distinguant pas des autres stipulations contractuelles”. Me Julien Claudel, l’avocat de l’internaute, se réjouit de cette “décision inédite en France”, qui prouve qu’il est tout à fait possible pour d’autres utilisateurs français du réseau social de saisir des tribunaux nationaux s’ils le souhaitent.Dans le cadre de cette affaire, le réseau social disposerait d’un délai de quatre mois pour former un pourvoi en cassation, si la décision de la Cour d’Appel n’allait pas dans son sens. Le plaignant réclame la réactivation de son compte Facebook assortie de 3.000 euros de dommages et intérêts. Une affaire qui pourrait encourager d’autres internautes à poursuivre la firme californienne en France, comme dans le reste du monde. Me Claudel affirme que de nombreux utilisateurs du réseau social sont comme son client victimes de fermetures injustifiées de leurs comptes. “Cette action en justice contribue à rétablir un peu d’équilibre entre cette multinationale à près d’un milliard d’abonnés et ces derniers, en premier lieu en France”, se félicite l’avocat.Le 17 avril 2012 à 16:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Weather Eye Itll be wet late today through the weekend especially on

first_imgPatrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com. Our weather reminds me of when my children were younger and would ask every now and again on a long trip (or even a short one to the beach), “Are we there yet?” Well, if you are daydreaming about a week of sunny, warm weather in springtime, no, we are not there yet. We did have several days in mid-March before spring officially arrived.We enjoyed a nice weekend last week with warm temperatures but we won’t this weekend or all of next week, for that matter. Unsettled weather is on tap until further notice. Real wet weather late today through the weekend. Perhaps next week may turn out more dry than wet.Friday will be a soaker most everywhere, and gusty winds along the coast will cause some good wave action if you would like to do some springtime storm watching. Last year about this time, we also had stormy weather, especially along the coast with high winds and high surf.The earliest high temperature in April of 80 degrees or better was April 2, 1944, with a high right at 80. I do not see any 80-degree weather on the immediate horizon. I wish we would have a repeat of April 2016. We enjoyed six days of 80 degrees or better with an 89-degree high April 18. Wow.Is your mouth watering for those luscious local strawberries? The end of May and first of June will be here before you know it. I know much of the farmland has gone to urban housing, but still there will be some local strawberries from the metro area, which are my favorite. It looks like the weather may be on our side this year. Ample ground moisture to start things off and projected warmer than average May and June.Keep dry, enjoy the weekend and keep things sunny-side-up despite the rain.last_img read more

Deputy Premiers response to Opposition Appointed Members on Work Permits

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 13, 2017 – Providenciales – The Opposition’s appointed member continues to attempt to mislead the public.   The last year under the Rufus Ewing Administration, work permit fees were $17,914,713, of total projected revenues of $262,665,382.  Therefore work permits fees of approximately $18 million accounted for approximately 6.8% of Projected Government revenues. In our budget that will be debated on April 18th, work permit fees are projected to be $18,452,154 of total projected revenues of $273,470,947. Which accounts for 6.7% of the total budget.There were no new developments the entire four years under the Rufus Ewing administration and still work permit fees accounted for 6.8% of the the projected Government revenues.  We have already seen a drastic increase in new and renewed interest for development projects. This coupled with our Government’s robust capital development agenda one should anticipate the need for an increase in the labour force. What the Opposition’s Appointed Member failed to recognize is that with all the upcoming economic activity we have still managed to reduce the percentage of work permit fees from 6.8% under the his previous Government to 6.7% this financial year. Although there is $539,441 increase in the dollar value of work permit fees, the overall percentage is down.  Therefore the increase in dollar value is just a reflection of our Government’s ability to create and provide the right environment for increased economic activity.Just as we have accomplished our 100 day goals as a Government, we have kept our commitment to not rely on work permits as a revenue source.  We are ensuring our people get back to work and we are doing what the former Government was not able to do, which is restore investor confidence and create jobs.We anticipate that the Opposition’s appointed member will continue to try and mislead you the voter over the next four years. However through press releases and town hall meetings we will ensure that you can get the facts from your Government and you can also research and verify the facts for yourself. There will be no “alternative facts”!On the matter of the TCI Status Commission which is the body now vested with the responsibility to make recommendations on Turks and Caicos Islands Status, this ordinance was brought into being under the former PNP administration in 2015. Since then and up until the time the PNP was removed from office, by the people, they had not introduce any regulations to govern the working of the committee nor had they setup the committee formally in order to carry out its mandate. On coming into office we met applications that have been submitted almost two years ago with person left in limbo. As a government we have a responsibility to give these applicants and up or down decision so that they can plan the rest of their lives.The most disappointing part of the member’s release demonstrates a relentless effort  to score political points or simply an intentional attempt to deceive the public. While his government would have projected $1,768,294 in revenue from  residence permits the final sum is $2,233,064 for year ending 2016 to 2017. Our projection of $2,300,056 represents a mere 3.34% increase over last years actual.We remain committed to our people and will be making every effort to ensure they move up the ranks in companies to greater responsibility and senior management positions.Hon Sean R. AstwoodDeputy PremierMinister of Border Control and Employment Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

BAHAMAS Annual Customs Day Service

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 22, 2018 – Nassau – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. Peter Turnquest delivered remarks during the 29th Annual International Customs Day Church Service on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at St Barnabas Parish.  During the service, Dr. Geannine Moss, Comptroller of Bahamas Customs Department, made a presentation to Rector of St. Barnabas Parish Canon Basil Tynes.; and Customs Officers took to the streets for their annual Parade.(BIS Photos/Patrick Hanna)last_img read more

Penthouse Publisher Again Ranked FastestGrowing

first_imgFor the second consecutive year, FriendFinder Networks, the Boca Raton, Florida-based publisher of Penthouse magazine, has been ranked the fastest-growing magazine publisher by Inc. magazine. The Mansueto Ventures-owned title released its annual ranking of the 5,000 fastest-growing privately held companies in the U.S. today.FriendFinder, which also operates sexually-oriented online social networks, placed 303 overall on the list and eighth in the media category. The company grew its revenues by 993 percent from $30 million in 2006 to more than $327 million in 2009.The top ranking privately-held media company this year, according to Inc., is Blurb, an online resource for authors to design, publish, market and sell books. Also cracking the media category this year are Thrillist (ranked third in media, 93 overall), StumbleUpon (fifth in media, 126 overall) and avatar-based 3-D social network IMVU (tenth in media, 456 overall). Other magazine publishers making the list this year include: Hoffman Media (#38 in media, #3,102 overall), Mental Floss (#43 in media, #3,546 overall), SmartCEO Media (#45 in media, #3,566 overall), Advocate Media (#48 in media, #3,748 overall), Chansen Publishing (#50 in media, #3,963 overall), S&A Cherokee (#52 in media, #3,963 overall), Performance Media (#54 in media, #4,451 overall) and Hanover, Massachusetts-based Pinnacle Publishing Group (#59 in media, #4,861 overall).Companies on the 2010 Inc. 5000 list are ranked according to percentage revenue growth between 2006 and 2009. Qualifying companies are required to have been founded and generating revenue by June 30, 2006, and must be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies.Topping Inc.’s list overall is Ambit Energy, a Dallas, Texas-based customer service and customer retention group in the state’s energy sector. Its three-year revenue grew 20,369 percent from $1.6 million in 2006 to $325 million in 2009.last_img read more

ABM Postpones Mobile Drill Down in New York

first_imgAmerican Business Media has postponed its Mobile Drill Down event scheduled for November 9 in New York City due to not reaching the minimum number of registrants needed. Drill Down events scheduled for Chicago and Boston remain on the calendar. “When it comes to events, we face a challenge to build new solutions when there is an overwhelming number of conferences, webinars, trade shows and virtual trade shows at the same time that people working in our industry have an increasingly limited bandwidth,” says ABM CEO Clark Pettit. “The Drill Down approach of one-day, topic-specific seminars is one step in that direction, but it’s not the only one.” ABM has struck strategic alliances with organizations such as the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) and the Custom Content Council (CCC), and is launching an executive-education program, the B-to-B Advanced Leadership Program, with the Media Management Center of Northwestern University. The first five-day event will be held January 8-12, 2012.last_img read more

OBITUARY Lawrence D Campbell 98

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Lawrence D. Campbell, a lifelong resident of Charlestown, entered into eternal life on Friday, May 3, 2019 at Care One of Wilmington Nursing Home in Wilmington. He was 98 years of age.Lawrence was born in Boston on September 10, 1920, a son of the late John W. Campbell and Jennie L. (McClellan) Campbell. He grew up in Charlestown where he was educated throughout the Boston Public School system. Lawrence enlisted into the United States Army on November 19, 1942 and served his country faithfully and with courage during World War II. He was honorably discharged on November 25, 1945 with the rank of Private. Lawrence worked as a Truck Driver and worked for Old Colony Transportation for 30 years. He was a retired 35 year member of the Teamsters Union Local # 25. Following his retirement from trucking, he enjoyed working for the former Kerrigan Florist in Charlestown as their delivery driver. He was a member of the V.F.W. Post # 1012 and also enjoyed bowling, fishing, golfing and reading. He was an avid Boston Red Sox and Patriots fan.Lawrence is the beloved husband of the late Mary A. “Sis” (Brown) Campbell. He is the devoted father of Mary Lou Kelley and her late husband retired Boston Firefighter George Kelley of Wilmington and Rose Ann Amato and her husband Vincent of Billerica and the late Joanne Campbell. He is the loving Bumpy to Mary Therese Hill and her husband Robert, George Kelley Jr. and his wife Lia, Dennis Kelley and his wife Stephanie, Paul Amato and his wife Lynne and his great-grandchildren Meredith and her husband Mark, Ashley, Daniel, Michael, Katherine, Jack, Sam, and his great-great-grandson George Harrison. He is the beloved brother of the late Daniel Campbell, John Campbell, Allen Campbell, Joseph Campbell, Edna Zlock, Christine Davidson, Pearl Getchell, Ruth Price and Jeannette Foilb. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.Relatives and friends are invited to attend Lawrence’s Funeral on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 9 A.M. from The Carr Funeral Home, 220 Bunker Hill St. Charlestown followed by his Funeral Mass in St. Francis De Sales Church, 313 Bunker Hill St. Charlestown at 10 A.M. His burial will be at Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington. His visiting hours will be on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 4 to 8 P.M. in the funeral home.In lieu of flowers, kindly make a memorial donation in Lawrence’s name to Compassionate Care Hospice, 800 West Cummings Park, Suite 3100, Woburn, Mass. 01801.Lawrence D. Campbell(NOTE: The above obituary is from Carr Funereal Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Lawrence “Mike” Considine, 63In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: John “Kevin” Murphy, 77In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Russias Import Ban Hits Alaskan Seafood Industry

first_imgDownload AudioAlaska’s seafood industry is getting caught in the middle of a power struggle between Russia and western nations.Photos taken during the 2006 biennial survey of the Aleutian Islands, Leg 1 on F/V Gladiator, 1 June to 25 June 2006. N. W. Raring, Field Party Chief.Ever since Russia seized part of Ukraine this winter, sanctions against it have been stacking up. Now, Russia’s fighting back by banning food imports from the United States and a handful of other countries.Alaska shipped almost $9 million worth of pollock to Russia last year. Some of it went to fast food chains, including McDonald’s. A significant chunk of it is used for making surimi — better known as fake crab.At least one shipment of surimi was on its way to Russia when the ban came out on Thursday. Undercurrent News reports that the fish could get diverted to South Korea or another eastern market.That’s got some American fishing advocates fired up. A former U.S. Congressman has started the “Just Say Nyet” campaign, seeking a corresponding ban on Russian fish coming into the States.But it’s slow going: As of Friday afternoon, his petition to the federal government had only gathered 18 signatures.last_img read more