National Aboriginal Day

first_imgNova Scotians will have the opportunity to learn more about the province’s aboriginal culture on National Aboriginal Day today, June 21. To celebrate the day, First Nations communities in Nova Scotia are holding a variety of events throughout the province including storytelling sessions, powwows and presentations on Mi’kmaq history. The Glooscap Heritage Centre has organized several events as part of their celebration. The day’s activities will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include drummers, dancers, storytelling, live performances and the sale of various Aboriginal products. At noon, the Glooscap Heritage Centre will host a special concert featuring Lonecloud, a local band highlighting Mikmaq musicians. Michael Baker, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, is encouraging all Nova Scotians to take part in the activities and recognize this important celebration. “The Mi’kmaq are the original inhabitants of Nova Scotia and contribute greatly to it. We share a common interest in growing Nova Scotia’s economy, celebrating our culture and heritage and conserving our resources,” said Mr. Baker. “I hope that all Nova Scotians will take the opportunity to attend some of the many events planned for National Aboriginal Day.” National Aboriginal Day was first proclaimed in 1996 by former governor general Romeo LeBlanc. It is held on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and the first day of summer. Traditionally, summer solstice is the day on which many aboriginal communities celebrate their cultural and spiritual beliefs. For the list of National Aboriginal Day events in Nova Scotia, see the Office Aboriginal Affairs website at or the Indian and Northern Affairs Canada website at . FOR BROADCAST USE Today (June 21st) is National Aboriginal Day. In Nova Scotia, events are planned in Mi’kmaq communities to mark the day. Minister of Aboriginal Affairs Michael Baker urges Nova Scotians to attend some of the events in nearby communities. The Minister says the province is trying to develop a new relationship with the province’s first residents. -30-last_img read more

RCMP getting air support from military in hunt for homicide suspects

first_imgThe RCMP are getting some help from the Canadian military as they continue the hunt for two young homicide suspects in northern Manitoba.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale tweeted last night that the military have been called in to give the Mounties air support in combing the unforgiving terrain around Gillam, Man.Police have said that Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and his 19-year-old friend Kam McLeod, may have changed their appearance to try to evade the intense manhunt that includes officers from several jurisdictions searching on foot, with dogs and using drones.The two Port Alberni, B.C., teens are charged with second-degree murder in the death of Leonard Dyck, a botany professor at the University of British Columbia, and are suspects in the fatal shootings of Australian Lucas Fowler and his American girlfriend Chynna Deese. All three homicides happened in northern B.C.A burned-out RAV4 that Schmegelsky and McLeod were travelling in was found near Gillam this week and police have said there have been no reports of stolen vehicles since.Mounties are asking anyone who may have unwittingly helped the suspects give police in the area the slip to come forward. Cpl. Julie Courchaine said police aren’t saying that’s what happened, but they aren’t ruling out any possibilities.“It is possible that someone may not have been aware of who they were providing assistance to, and may now be hesitant to come forward,” she said at an RCMP update in Winnipeg on Friday.Courchaine urged the public across the country to keep a careful watch out for the pair.She also stressed there have been no confirmed sightings since one Monday in the Gillam area — an isolated region of bog and bush with one access road — so the search for the two was still focused there.Courchaine said police were planning to go door to door in Gillam and on the Fox Lake First Nation over the next three days looking for leads. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Join Jon Bon Jovi In Wishing Bill Clinton A Happy Birthday

first_imgJon Bon Jovi wants you to join him in wishing Bill Clinton a happy birthday.“I’ve had the privilege of knowing and learning from my friend, President Bill Clinton, for quite some time,” Bon Jovi wrote in an email to supporters of the Clinton Foundation. “His birthday is coming up next week, and I’m always inspired by his increasing energy to do more.“So for President Clinton’s birthday on August 19, I want to show him how much we all appreciate his ever-growing passion and selfless leadership in changing lives around the world. Will you join me in wishing President Clinton a very happy birthday by signing this card? You can even add your own personal message.“Some of you may know that President Clinton was the catalyst for my becoming much more involved in charity and philanthropy. In fact, the President himself came to Philadelphia 10 years ago to the launch of the JBJ Soul Foundation; he has also been to the Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, NJ. President Clinton and I are both driven by the same simple goal: to help people live their best life stories. Through the work of the Clinton Foundation, he’s dedicated to unleashing human potential and empowering individuals to shape their own futures.“Whether he’s traveling to Africa to meet one-on-one with the thousands of farmers whose lives have been changed by the Anchor Farm Project, or providing over 17 million kids in more than 29,000 schools access to healthier food and physical education – President Clinton is impacting more lives around the world each and every day.“But he isn’t finished yet. There’s more work to do, more barriers to overcome, more communities to transform, and more people to uplift. I am confident President Clinton and the Foundation will continue leading the charge to overcome these challenges for many years – and many birthdays – to come.”You can sign your name here.last_img read more

Camp Cloud gets support from Coldwater Indian Band

first_img(Camp Cloud spokesperson Kwitsel Tatel poses with Coldwater elder Sonny Oppenheimer, who hand delivered his band’s letter to water protectors on Saturday. Photo: Justin Brake/APTN)Justin BrakeAPTN NewsThe Coldwater Indian Band has thrown its support behind Camp Cloud as water protectors there continue to stand their ground against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion while facing possible eviction at the hands of police.On Saturday Elder Sonny Oppenheimer visited the camp on Burnaby Mountain to hand deliver a letter from chief and council written after water protectors were given a 72-hour eviction notice.Read the letter here: Coldwater Indian Band“We here at Coldwater Indian Band offer our support in standing up against Kinder Morgan and the Government of Canada in protecting OUR land and water,” reads the July 19 message, signed by councillor W. Gerome Garcia.“As we are at the headwaters of the Nlaka’pamux our ancestral belief is ‘Water is power’ and it needs to be protected.”Coldwater has been fighting the federal government and Kinder Morgan over an alleged failure to adequately consult with the band and over the routing of the pipeline expansion, which they say will cut through the community’s aquifer and threaten its members’ drinking water.After reading the letter aloud to water protectors Camp Cloud spokesperson Kwitsel Tatel thanked the band for their support and said she would also like to hear from the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs and the Assembly of First Nation national chief candidates, who will be in Vancouver for the AFN election this week.“The Coldwater Indian Band is supporting Camp Cloud, and I am so happy,” Tatel said in a Facebook livestream Saturday, adding she has expressed her support for the band’s fight against the pipeline running through its aquifer.Speaking to water protectors around the sacred fire shortly after, Oppenheimer highlighted the significance of the threat to his people’s drinking water.“The people that are around you that are in their homes, and yet they can turn the water on and think nothing of it. And they drink their coffee. Can you imagine if the runoff through that tap was contaminated — what would they do? What kind of life would you have? You’d have no life,” he said.Here’s what elder Sonny Oppenheimer from Coldwater Indian Band said to #CampCloud water protectors gathered around sacred fire Saturday evening. 2/2 #transmountain #bcpoli @APTNNews— Justin Brake (@JustinBrakeNews) July 22, 2018“It’s just sad how people treat Mother Earth and her gifts,” he continued. “I really thank you guys for standing and being present, and for what you do. All the warriors that you have in your heart, that down one day it’ll be mentioned to your grandchildren: this is what my grandmother did, this is what my grandfather did.”On Saturday, a few hours after their 72-hour eviction notice from the City of Burnaby expired, Camp Cloud held a press conference to announce they will continue to stand their ground on Burnaby Mountain.On Monday they say they’re scheduled to meet with the City’s manager, Lambert Chu.“The sacred fire at Camp Cloud is as old as our nations,” Tatel said Saturday at the press conference.“We are here to raise awareness for the health and safety of all people and all animals. We are here to express our opposition to this expansion for public safety, public interest and public health. We are meeting our responsibilities to that end at Camp Cloud.” read more

Simon Property boosts bid for mall rival Macerich to 168 billion calls

by Joseph Pisani, The Associated Press Posted Mar 20, 2015 7:06 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Simon Property boosts bid for mall rival Macerich to $16.8 billion; calls offer ‘final’ FILE – In this Nov. 28, 2014, file photo, shoppers look for deals inside the Flatiron Crossing Mall, a Macerich property in Broomfield, Colo. Mall operator Simon Property boosted its hostile bid for rival Macerich 5 percent. Simon said, Friday, March 20, 2015, it is willing to pay $95.50 per share for Macerich, or about $16.8 billion, up from its previous offer of $91 per share, or $16 billion. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Mall operator Simon Property boosted its hostile bid for rival Macerich by 5 per cent to $16.8 billion and said it will be its best and final offer.The proposed deal would combine two of the largest U.S. shopping mall operators.Simon set an April 1 deadline for Macerich to respond to the offer or it will be withdrawn.Shares of Macerich dropped more than 4 per cent Friday, while Simon Property shares rose nearly 3 per cent.Simon said Friday that it is now offering to pay $95.50 per share for Macerich, up from its previous offer of $91 per share. The new offer is valued at $23.2 billion, when debt of about $6.4 billion is included. Simon, which has a 3.6 per cent stake in Macerich, said it won’t seek to nominate directors for Macerich’s board.With the new offer, Macerich shareholders may put pressure on the company to discuss the deal, said analysts at Citi in a note to clients.In a statement Friday, Macerich said it would review the new offer.Macerich rejected Simon’s first bid, saying the deal undervalued the company. It also said it had “serious antitrust concerns” because of Simon’s partnership with General Growth Properties Inc. “It is a concerted effort by the two largest companies in the industry to acquire the number three company,” Macerich said earlier this week.Simon Property Group Inc., an Indianapolis real estate investment trust, went hostile earlier this month in making its offer public, saying that Macerich refused to negotiate a deal.Simon owns or has interest in more than 325 properties around the world, mainly outlets and malls. Macerich Co., based in Santa Monica, California, is a real estate investment trust that owns 51 shopping centres nationwide.Shares of Macerich Co. fell $4.29 to close at $89.21 Friday. Simon shares rose $5.24 to close at $197.34. read more

Motor Codes names the UKs Golden Garage

Customers given the royal treatmentThe level of public support and praise for Kinghams was overwhelming and played a large part in the garage’s victory. One happy customer said that they’re treated like ‘royalty’ and after 20 years of driving has ‘never come across a garage that genuinely cares more and is true to its word’. Another Kingham’s fan even explained that when on holiday in New Zealand their house sitter couldn’t start the car – one international call later and a mechanic was round to fix the car at no cost.“We’re over the moon to win the Motor Codes’ Golden Garages trophy!” said Keith Kingham owner of the winning garage. “We work hard to provide our customers with excellent service and value for money, we’re always going the extra mile, so we’re ecstatic that the public has voted us Britain’s best local garage. We came up against a lot of strong competition and the Golden Garages campaign goes to show that our industry is full of high-quality, trustworthy garages – we just need to make consumers aware of them, which is what Motor Codes is doing through campaigns like Golden Garages and its online Garage Finder tool.”Trust and satisfactionOver 90 % of Motor Codes customers are satisfied, compared with almost 50% of the population that feel ripped-off by their local service centre. The Golden Garages campaign and the work Motor Codes does with the Office of Fair Trading, Consumer Direct and Trading Standards intends to turn around this statistic, raising standards across the country.“Going to a garage can understandably be quite daunting for both men and women. You practically have to be a mechanic yourself to spot when you’re being ripped off by a dishonest garage,” commented panel judge and TV presenter, Vicki Butler-Henderson. “The Golden Garages competition champions the best garages out there so that motorists can be confident when taking their car for a service or repair – so if you’re in South London now you know where to come for your next service!” DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Motor Codes, the independent body which operates the UK’s largest consumer code for motorists, has today revealed the winner of its two month national ‘Golden Garages’ campaign.  After 54 days, 9,000 public votes, nominations for thousands of UK garages, and the opinions of six expert judges, the final winner is independent family run garage, Kinghams of Croydon.Panel judge Vicki Butler-Henderson – TV presenter and racing driver – presented the trophy to the successful business which counts father, son and daughter amongst its current staff. As well as owning the inaugural title of Britain’s Golden Garage, they will also receive a prize fund valued at over £6,000!The Golden Garages competition searched the UK to find the best garage, building on Motor Codes’ goal of bringing honest, trustworthy service to motorists across the country through its website’s Garage Finder tool at“Motor Codes set-up the Golden Garage competition to highlight the best service and repair businesses in the country,” said Chris Mason, Motor Codes director. “We would like every motorist to receive service from a garage like Kinghams, and using the Garage Finder at is a great starting point.”Having whittled down thousands of garages to the UK top 50, a further round of public voting identified the UK’s top ten service and repair centers. The panel of expert judges was then tasked with choosing the national winner out of the top ten through a fair and thorough process. Motor Codes worked with the RAC to conduct on-site visits and independently assess each of the finalists in order to select the national winner. The nine national runners up are as follows:·         A1 Motorcare, Cardiff, Wales·         ABP Motorsport, Crewe, North West·         Anglo Continental Cars, Milton Keynes, Midlands·         Arnold Clark Renault, Paisley, Scotland·         Clive Woolford Motors, Tewkesbury, South West ·         Fred Henderson, Durham, North East·         Kings of Witcham, Ely, East·         Prestige Services, Wakefield, Yorkshire ·         SERE Motors, Lisburn, Northern Ireland read more

Ohio State wrestling topples Terrapins Hoosiers

OSU freshman wrestler Kyle Snyder walks away after pinning a Missouri wrestler Dec. 14 at the St. John Arena. OSU lost, 20-19.Credit: Emily Yarcusko / For The LanternThe Ohio State wrestling team improved to 9-3 overall and 5-1 in the Big Ten after defeating the Maryland Terrapins, 31-9, in College Park, Md on Sunday.Redshirt-freshman Nathan Tomasello (125 pounds) got things started for the fourth ranked Buckeyes when he defeated Terrapins’ redshirt-junior Josh Polacek with a 15-0 technical fall in the second period.At 133 pounds, OSU redshirt-junior Johnni DiJulius bounced back after being taken down in the first period by Maryland’s redshirt-junior Geoffrey Alexander by scoring 10 straight points to give himself a 10-2 majority decision win.OSU redshirt-senior Logan Stieber continued his pinning ways against sophomore Shyheim Brown when he was able to get the fall with just six seconds remaining in the second period. Stieber led Brown 9-2 before earning his ninth pin of the season. The top-ranked 141 pounder is 17-0 on the season and 107-3 in his career.Redshirt-senior Randy Languis kept the Buckeyes rolling as he defeated redshirt-senior Ben Dorsay via decision. His 3-1 victory at 149 pounds gave OSU an 18-0 match lead.After going scoreless in the first four matches, Maryland got on the board after redshirt-junior Lou Mascola defeated redshirt-junior Kyle Visconti at 157 pounds. The victory for the Terrapins was short lived as redshirt-freshman Bo Jordan needed just one minute to pin redshirt-sophomore Tyler Manion in the very next match. Jordan is ranked fifth nationally and is 11-0 on the year.Maryland got its second win of the match when redshirt-junior Josh Snook defeated redshirt-freshman Dominic Prezzia 6-0 at 174 pounds, making it 24-6 in favor of the Buckeyes.OSU was able to answer Maryland and regain the momentum once again as redshirt-junior Kenny Courts blanked his opponent, redshirt-senior Tony Gardner, 7-0, at 184 pounds.The 197-pound match featured a homecoming for OSU’s freshman Kyle Snyder. Snyder, who won via major decision, 18-7, on Friday against Indiana said before the match that he wanted to impress his family and friends that would be in attendance. The Woodbine, Md., native took down redshirt-senior Rob Fitzgerald on his way to another major decision, this time 17-9. Snyder is ranked fifth nationally and hopes his individual success will help the team achieve its goals, he said.“Everyday as a team we want come in and improve,” Snyder said. “We all have the same goal which is to be Big Ten Champs and National champs in March. Everybody understands what we want to do and as long as we keep improving I’m a strong believer its going to happen.”OSU senior Ray Gordon dropped the final match 1-0 to redshirt-senior Spencer Myers.On Friday the Buckeyes defeated the Indiana Hoosiers, 31-13, at Norwalk High School. The Buckeyes used three pins and five wins via bonus points to capture the match.Norwalk held the meet in honor of Logan and Hunter Stieber, who are Monroeville, Ohio, natives. Logan Stieber was able to pin Sean Brown in just 2:14 in front of the home crowd.Fifth ranked Bo Jordan won a key match against seventh ranked Taylor Walsh that got things started for the Buckeyes and their 62 point and two win weekend.OSU is set to take on Purdue on Friday in Columbus with wrestling scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. read more

Football JK Dobbins carrying Ohio State offense through first three games

Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) runs the ball in for a touchdown in the third quarter of the 2017 OSU- Army game in Ohio Stadium on Sep. 16. OSU won 38-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFreshman running back J.K. Dobbins again made it known early on that he was going to have a major impact on the success of Ohio State’s offense.After his first play of the game netted the team six yards, he carried the ball 36 yards three plays later to set his team up inside the red zone.The rest of the game, it was more of the same as Dobbins continued to run all over the Army defense en route to a 172-yard game, spread out over just 13 carries and notching two of the team’s five touchdowns in the Buckeyes’ 38-7 victory over the Black Knights.“He’s a perfect tailback. He’s a space player that we need,” coach Urban Meyer said. Though Dobbins finished the game with eye-popping numbers, it took the offense a while to put the ball in his hands. The first-year running back finished the first half with just seven rushes for 63 yards, though he did make one rush count as it went for a 2-yard touchdown.Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) celebrates with senior offensive linebacker Jamarco Jones (74) after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter of the 2017 OSU- Army game in Ohio Stadium on Sep. 16. OSU won 38-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorBut he kicked off the third quarter with a bang, carrying the first handoff of the team’s first second-half drive 22 yards to Ohio State’s 48-yard line before taking the next handoff 52 yards to the house to cap off the drive to put the Buckeyes ahead 24-7.To Dobbins, the run required just as much effort from him as it did from his teammates.“I saw that my teammates were blocking very well for me, and then I just had to beat one person,” Dobbins said. “I kind of pride myself on beating the first person that gets there to me, so it was off to the races after that.”This type of production is hardly anything new for the true freshman.This season, he has totalled 425 yards on 55 carries (7.72 average yards per carry) with six rushes going for at least 20 yards. His first game broke an Ohio State record for most yards by a true freshman in his debut game, and his 13.2 average yards per carry against Army was a higher single-game average than former Buckeye running back Ezekiel Elliott averaged in any game.With hot starts and impressive stat lines being a regular occurrence, it comes as no surprise Dobbins has been compared to the current Dallas Cowboys’ star, but nonetheless, Dobbins has been humbled by the praise.“Zeke, he’s a legend here, and he’s such a great player. And you know, before I came here, I wanted to be like Zeke,” Dobbins said. “I knew I’d get a good start, but I didn’t know it was going to be like this.”Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) hands the ball to freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) in the first quarter of the 2017 OSU- Army game on Sep. 16. OSU won 38-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorHow much the offense sees from Dobbins still remains somewhat of a mystery. Though redshirt sophomore Mike Weber has been held to only seven carries for 42 yards due to a lingering hamstring injury, he has continued to be listed as the co-starting running back on the team’s weekly depth chart and has been seen frequently running pre-game drills with the starters. Regardless of who is slotted in as the top running back for the team, wide receiver Terry McLaurin said he feels confident that Dobbins will make the most of any role he is used in and will continue to be a boost to the offense.“He’s that home run hitter that you want back there,” McLaurin said. “Him and Mike are a great one-two punch and you know if you do your job on the perimeter, he’s going to make one guy miss and he’s going to turn on the jets and do what he does and we’re just excited to have him on our side.” read more

Brother of 17yearold killed on Bloody Sunday urges prosecutors not to pursue

The brother of a 17-year-old boy killed on Bloody Sunday has urged prosecutors not to pursue perjury charges against British veterans. Leo Young, whose younger brother John was shot dead as he cowered behind a rubble barricade, said it was “time to end all this now”. Earlier this week it was announced that an elderly former paratrooper, known as Soldier F, will be charged with the murder of two people and the attempted murder of four others. The majority of Bloody Sunday families support further charges against the former… A number of the remaining sixteen veterans now face possible perjury charges over evidence given at the Savile Inquiry into the events of January 30 1972, prosecutors said.

Bo Peep given Toy Story 4 feminist makeover as she swaps pink

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. In the classic nursery rhyme, she is generally depicted as a pretty yet passive young shepherdess, waiting for her sheep to come home.As she makes her return to popular culture in Toy Story 4, Bo Peep will be given a newly feminist makeover to don practical trousers to seize “control of her own destiny”.The makers of Toy Story 4 have spoken of how their modern Bo Peep will be “independent and comfortable” for the latest installation of the film franchise, saving the day.Missing from the last film, the character found herself sick of gathering dust and “took it upon herself to head out into the world” and make her return, the director said.Wearing trousers instead of her old, pink floor-length shepherdess dress and bonnet, the new version of the Bo Peep is simply the “right way to tell the story”, he added, with a team of six women assigned to making sure she was fit for the cinema in 2019.She now wears a blue jump suit and purple cape, wielding her crook as a weapon. The old version of Bo Peep The 2019 version wears a blue jumpsuitCredit:Disney Bo Peep will help save the day in Toy Story 4 The 2019 version wears a blue jumpsuit “When Woody is insecure in the old films, she gets him back on track, and we decided to elevate that…“Things like that came naturally, and we started five years ago, so had no idea how times might change.”Actress Annie Potts, who voices Bo Peep, said: “She’s gotten all wise and courageous. She is a fierce warrior.”The newspaper reports that a team of six women had been appointed to update the “stuffy character”, making her athletic with inspirations including Rey from Star Wars, a gymnast and Geena Davis in the baseball film A League of Their Own.While the dress-wearing Bo Peep was seen as “Femi­nine and Reserved”, it said, the modern version should be “Independent and Comfortable”. Bo Peep will help save the day in Toy Story 4Credit:Disney In an interview with the Sunday Times culture magazine, Toy Story 4 creators insisted the on-screen changes to female roles were not the direct result of a post-Me Too era philosophy.”It never came up in a meeting,” said Josh Coole, the director. “Like, ‘We need to make a stand on feminism.’“It was more a question of what the right way to tell the story was, and we wanted to make Bo stronger than before. “Bo’s taken control of her own destiny,” Cooley said in a press release. The old version of Bo PeepCredit:Disney “While Woody was watching Andy grow up, Bo gathered dust until she took it upon herself to head out into the world. And when Woody shows up, they can’t believe that they’ve found each other again.”Robbie Collin, Telegraph reviewer who awarded Toy Story 4 five stars, described the character as “unceremoniously written out of the series between instalments two and three, but here revived as a free spirit in retirement, sunnily embracing her new-found childlessness”. The animated series has come under particular scrutiny in the last year after the departure of John Lasseter, a Pixar founder and Toy Story director  who left his role at Disney Animation admitting “missteps” after accusations about his behaviour including “unwanted hugs”. read more

Steve Ballmer Wants You to Know Where Your Taxes Are Spent

first_img USA Facts, besides being the most boring name ever, is a new site that tries to educate US citizens about where their tax dollars are going. In a time when the government is getting more secretive by the day, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s decided that he wants to do his part to keep things open. To that end, Ballmer put more than $10 million of his own money into the project.After leaving the tech super-giant a couple of years back, Ballmer became obsessed with where tax money was going. He’d previously sworn off the kind of philanthropy Bill and Melinda Gates are known for. After a deep look into the system, though, Ballmer partnered with the University of Pennsylvania to create what is essentially a searchable, itemized receipt for the US government.The site is live now, and you can look at just about everything from how much we spend on domestic disaster relief, to how much money state and local governments collected in taxes. Not all of the data is current, but most span 2014-2016.It’s hard to say just how useful the site will ultimately be, but the level of detail is incredible. You can download what amounts to a summary of all the data the site has in a 271-page pdf. Every stat and figure is considered non-partisan, relying only on a massive assortment of official documents and records logging where all that cash is going. Plus, since this is all free to the public, there’s no commercial incentive.As the site grows, more sections will go live. For now, though, we have what may be the first comprehensive and complete log of the US budget vs. its tax revenue. You’re free to make of this what you will. Review: ‘Gears 5’ Brings a Fresh Perspective to the FranchiseToy Tuesday: The Best ‘Gears of War’ Toys Stay on targetlast_img read more

What role can management information play in designing benefits strategy

first_imgOne of the challenges for HR and benefits professionals can be working out just where they should focus their energy and resources in terms of benefits provision, factoring in what employees want, what is most effective from an engagement and retention perspective, and which elements offer the best return on investment (ROI).This is where effective management information (MI) comes in. Richard Morgan, head of Vebnet, says: “It covers a very broad spectrum from engagement surveys to looking at the staff turnover rate and evaluating the number of job offers that are accepted. From a purely benefits perspective, it’s lifting the bonnet on what’s happening underneath. It can help [employers] work out what’s happening with particular demographic groups, locations, job roles or salary bands and identify any hotspots that [they] have got within [an] organisation where it’s proving difficult to retain or motivate people.”From a financial perspective, such an exercise can evaluate levels of take-up and subsequent impact of specific initiatives on employees. “It can look at hard savings through salary sacrifice [arrangements], and even things such as absence and productivity,” says Morgan. “We sum it up as helping employers have happier, healthier and wealthier employees, and having that management information helps to work out which are the important bits for us that [they] need to include, which elements [they] are less interested in, and what is the true ROI for the business.”Making the business caseThis can be particularly useful in helping to make the case to the board, says Debra Corey, group reward director at Reward Gateway. “If you have a [chief executive officer] CEO who doesn’t get it, it’s a way of transferring it into business language,” she explains. “That’s where it really helps, because if I can show those kinds of CEOs how not doing something is going to hurt the bottom line, then I’m more likely to get it approved.”Such analysis can even be applied to less obvious areas such as health and wellbeing, using metrics around absence data and productivity. “If [employers] have got a joined-up approach, so are keeping people healthy in the first place by having an on-site gym and having healthy food in the staff canteen, eventually that’s going to feed through to absence rates and then to [private medical insurance] PMI costs,” says Morgan. “As part of a long-term strategy, there are quite a number of metrics [employers] can use.”Engaging employeesEffective use of management information can also engage employees in particular initiatives, says Alan Ritchie, head of employer and trustee proposition at Standard Life. “It can really help employers to see the woods for the trees,” he says. “We recently did a report for one of our pension clients, where we provided the key data that we thought it would be useful for it to know, and that sparked a brilliant conversation.”This revealed issues such as a large number of high earners only paying a small amount into their pension pots, and a number of older workers who were in danger of not saving enough to retire on. “With that kind of information, you can start to think about a consolidation campaign with those people to increase their engagement in the scheme in the first place, and the value they feel they get from it,” says Ritchie.Such analysis can also be used to understand trends that may otherwise not have been spotted. Morgan cites the example of one employer that had a benefits take-up rate that was three times higher in one location than in the rest of the country. “Is it because of a different management style in there, or is it because people in that location happen to be happier than anybody else in the country?” he asks. “[Employers] need to really do a lot of analysis to look at individual groups of employees to understand where those variations are, and then they can start to put other communication strategies around it.”Corey, meanwhile, intends to use employee feedback from the rollout of five new benefits to help shape future strategy. “I’m sending an infographic out to summarise all the changes we’re making, and at the end of it I’m doing a survey, just to ask them how engaged they were with benefits before we did this, how engaged they are now, and how they think they align with our new principles,” she says. “I need a bit more feedback; I’ve just spent all this time and money on this, and I want to know which ones are ticking the boxes, and which ones weren’t the right things to do.”Impact of communicationMonitoring the impact of communications can also provide useful information. “[Employers] can look at things such as whether anybody actually responds if [they] send an email out on a Monday morning versus doing it on a Friday lunchtime,” says Morgan. “That can keep costs down, because they can eliminate campaigns that they know historically have not had any impact. Being able to pull all of that together can give a really rich picture of what’s going on.”The nature of analysis offered by providers is changing, too, says Charles Cotton, performance and reward adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which is helping employers and advisers identify trends. “It’s moving away from big heavy sets of data to dashboards and graphics, which are very visual,” he says. “It makes it easier for people to recognise the impact, and see what employees are doing, or not doing.”There are, however, a number of issues that organisations face when looking to make use of data. Cotton points out that while most organisations have plenty of resources they could draw on, these tend to be scattered throughout the business. “If [employers] want to know about the impact of the sales incentive scheme, they have got to go to the sales department, and if they want to get more information about employer shares plans, they have got to go to the secretariat,” he says. “In many organisations, [employers] have got multi-sites, multi-divisions and different pay roles, so they have to try and get all that information together and then reposition it for their purposes.”Often the data is housed in disparate IT systems, which can make it even harder to pull together, says Morgan. “While you might have a flex or reward platform that enables you to go straight through to your pension servicing, typically the share plan providers can’t reciprocate a single sign-on or an exchange of data in there,” he says. “Ideally, as well as seeing what your pension value is on your homepage, you’d have your current share plan value too, but often that’s just too difficult.”It is a similar situation with healthcare providers, where joining up disparate products can be problematic, he adds.Measure the right dataDuncan Brown, head of HR consultancy at the Institute for Employment Studies, believes HR does not help itself by failing to measure the right data. “The statistics that you see are the things that [employers] can measure, such as take-up rates, but how important is that really? Okay, they don’t want zero, but does it really make a difference whether it’s 30% or 40%?”Market data, where employers effectively compare themselves to their peers, can be another source of frustration, because this fails to take into account the individual workforce demographics. “If my workforce has an average age of 20 and another has an average of 50, why am I going to care what their most popular benefit is?” says Brown. “But market data works like that, and if you look at why employers provide quite a lot of benefits, often they’ll say it’s because their competitors do.”Employee engagement surveys are also limited, adds Corey. “In a lot of HR programmes you just look at the engagement scores, but in the engagement surveys, there’s often just one question, which is whether [employees] are satisfied with their benefits,” she says. “It doesn’t really help [employers]. We need to take the data to the next level.”Her approach is to run her own research, through focus groups rather than formal surveys. It can also be useful to know what take-up rates are so these can be benchmarked against others in the sector, providing an indication of how well the benefits team is doing.Cost is also a factor, and much of this comes down to whether an organisation genuinely buys into benefits and engagement initiatives. “It goes back to business strategy and what the organisation is trying to achieve with its culture and brand,” says Cotton. “Some organisations have very sophisticated HR information systems that can do a lot, and then there are others where it’s held together with Post-It notes, Excel spreadsheets and whatever is in the filing cabinet.”Whether an organisation is prepared to invest is often determined by its own individual situation. “It depends on just how much of a priority it is, and what’s happening, so whether [it has] got a massive attrition rate and needs to do something urgently, or if there a merger going on that requires it to do something more efficiently and bring people together,” says Morgan. “There’s usually some catalyst like that, which makes the board think it’s worth spending the money.”Unsurprisingly, how well employers do this varies. “We’ve got two groups of employers: one that hasn’t got the data, isn’t doing any analysis, and just runs with whatever is there,” says Brown. “Then at the other extreme we’ve got some[organisations] that have got tonnes of data but they’re not really keeping up, and they don’t know what to do with it.”There is also a risk that organisations do not really know why they do what they do, says Cotton. “Often you talk to organisations that are collecting information, and they’re not sure why they’re collecting it in the first place; they’re doing it because they’ve always done it,” he says. “That is the time to start thinking about what they are trying to achieve as an organisation. That should then inform what they try to measure, rather than looking at what data is available and trying to retrofit it.”Using providers’ expertiseProviders also have their part to play in helping to drive take-up of management information, by ensuring systems have the right information in a way that can be easily accessed. “You’d expect the data to be there with any platform, so it comes down to how easy it is to use and understand,” says Morgan. “Employers need a nice simple headline dashboard that they can understand in 10 seconds, but with the ability to drill down where they need to.”Making it simple to use is the over-riding concern for Corey. “The role of the reward professional has grown so much in recent years, so I need providers to help me understand what the data means, make it a bit more user-friendly, and help me figure out what to do next,” she says. “We probably have higher expectations from providers these days.”last_img read more

Worker Killed at Port of Anchorage

first_imgDownload AudioA worker was killed at the Port of Anchorage earlier today while handling military equipment.Lindsey Whitt is the head of the External Affairs for the Port, and says this morning’s incident involved cargo shipping to the 1st Stryker Brigade in Fairbanks.“A longshoreman was working on the port, and he was loading military equipment onto the rail, and he was pinned between two pieces of military equipment,” Whitt said.The name of the man is being withheld until next of kin have been notified.Members of the Longshoreman’s union work under a company named Sea Star– unloading freight from the military’s contractor in Alaska, TOTE. Whitt says the Occupational Safety and Health Administration–or OSHA is investigating whether safety protocols broke down.But because the incident involves a private company, federal property, and a municipal facility, the specifics of the investigation aren’t yet clear.last_img read more

Bullethit body found along Thakurgaon border

first_imgMembers of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) recovered bullet-hit body of a Bangladesh national from Ratnai border point in Baliadangi upazila of Thakurgaon district on Saturday night, reports UNB.The deceased is Saidul Haque, 28, son of a certain Khatib Uddin of Baganbari Harinmari village of the upazila.BGB members recovered the body from no-man’s land near border pillar No 382 around 9:45 pm, said BGB-50 battalion acting commanding officer major Mohammad Jahangir Alam.They also rescued an injured man, Manarul Haque, 25, son of Abdul Hakim of Jugihar village from the border point, he said.It is still not clear how Saidul died, said the BGB official adding that they have sent a letter to Border Security Force of India demanding a flag meeting in this regard.last_img

When Charles Dickens Grew Tired of his Wife Sad Events Unfolded

first_imgDuring the Victorian Era, women had relatively few rights of any kind, particularly in their marriages. Husbands who were so inclined and had the resources could lead their lives pretty much as they chose, leaving their wives with little to say in the matter. There are stories from the time that describe women being institutionalized by husbands who were less worried about their spouses mental health than by not wanting to have them complain about or try to stifle their wastrel, drinking, or philandering ways. Such was the case for Catherine Dickens, who was perfectly sane.Catherine DickensHer husband, famous author Charles Dickens, tried to have her committed and began (or continued, sources differ) an affair with 18-year-old actress Ellen “Nelly” Ternan.Charles Dickens married Catherine Hogarth in 1836, after meeting her through their shared employment at the Morning Chronicle.Charles Dickens between 1867 and 1868Their marriage was very happy during its first few years, and the first of their ten children was born in January 1837, less than a year after their wedding. The couple was initially quite smitten with each other and in addition to starting their family, they traveled together, making trips to Scotland and America.Ellen Ternan, 1858Some six years into their marriage, Catherine’s sister, Georgina, came to live with the couple to offer support to Catherine, who had borne several children already and was feeling overwhelmed.Over the following years, Dickens became less enchanted with his wife and marriage, holding her responsible for the fact that they had produced so many children and being displeased at her lack of energy.Cropped photograph of Charles DickensAs time progressed, his treatment of her became more dismissive and demeaning. Dickens met Nelly in 1857, twenty years into his marriage, and fell in love all over again. After meeting Ternan, Dickens found his marriage to Catherine even more untenable and decided to pursue a divorce.Catherine Dickens by Daniel Maclise, c.1847According to Smithsonian, the first steps Dickens took were to stop sharing a bedroom with his wife, and then to separate from her legally, forcing her to leave the family home.At the time of her departure, Dickens wrote a letter to his agent which said that she had decided to move out on her own, and noted that she had a “mental disorder under which she sometimes labors.”Letter from Charles Dickens to Angela Burdett-CouttsThe letter was, perhaps unsurprisingly, leaked, and it had a large impact on shaping the public’s notions about the relationship and impending divorce.Catherine’s feelings on the subject were unknown until recently when John Bowen, a Professor of 19th Century Literature at the University of York, came across an auction listing for a bundle of 98 letters.A daguerreotype of Catherine Dickens in 1852The letters ended up as part of the Harvard Theatre Collection, where Bowen had the opportunity to read through them. The letters were written by Edward Dutton Cook, a neighbor and longtime friend of the Dickens family, and were to a fellow journalist.Portrait of Edward Dutton Cook (1829-1883)The letters gave details of the circumstances of the Dickens’ separation, which Catherine had revealed to him in the year before her death.Before the discovery of Cook’s letter, scholars already knew that there were hints of bad behavior on Dickens’ part with regard to his treatment of his wife during the separation.Catherine’s aunt, Helen Thompson, had said that Dickens had tried to have his wife’s doctor diagnose her as being mentally unsound, but the record of Thompson’s allegations was considered a forgery.Cook’s letters give full support to Thompson’s statement on the subject, and Bowen even believes he knows who the name of the doctor that Dickens approached with the job — Thomas Harrington Tuke, a friend of Dickens at the time, and the superintendent of an asylum.Catherine Hogarth-Dickens and Charles Dickens, joint photographsAnother of Dickens’ friends, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, actually succeeded in doing what Dickens had failed to do, and managed to have his estranged wife Rosina declared a lunatic and institutionalized for three weeks.There is every reason to believe that the letter Dickens’ agent leaked to the public was, in fact, laying the groundwork for his plan of having her committed.Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton (1803-0873), British politician, poet, playwright and novelistFurther, he was pretty piqued at his lack of success in swaying Dr. Tuke. In later years, Dickens was heard to refer to the unfortunate doctor as a “Medical Donkey”. It’s difficult to imagine such goings-on from someone who was a social advocate.Related Video: 13 Victorian Vulgarities Everyone Should KnowHe was responsible for helping establish a safehouse for young homeless women and visited insane asylums in both England and America, writing passionately about the need for humane treatment for inmates.Charles Dickens House MuseumHe wrote with great sympathy about the plight of the underprivileged in his books as well.  Even so, the documentary evidence suggests he was still behaving in a markedly inhumane way towards his wife of 20 years.Perhaps even more disturbingly, immediately after his separation from Catherine he wrote a public notice explaining the division of his household.Charles Dickens at Madame Tussauds wax museumIn his explanation, Dickens went to great lengths to say that the dissolution of his marriage was mutual and amicable, and asked that the family’s privacy be respected and no intrusive questions asked.Read another story from us: Charles Dickens’ Pet Raven Inspired Edgar Allen Poe’s Most Famous WorkGiven the content of Cook’s letters, it seems this request was less about care and concern for all the parties involved than it was about keeping his own poor behavior out of the public eye.last_img read more

How to improve the readability of Windows console windows

first_imgHow to improve the readability of Windows console windows by Martin Brinkmann on November 08, 2018 in Windows – Last Update: November 08, 2018 – 10 commentsWindows console windows like the command prompt window use a default size and layout by default on all Windows PCs.The command prompt window for example always opens up with a set width of 80 and a height of 25, and a default font size of 8 screen pixels wide and 12 screen pixels high.It happens frequently that input or output are broken up into multiple lines.While you can change the size of the window manually by using the mouse to adjust the size and improve readability, you may want to make changes to the readability of console windows on Windows PCs permanently if you run into these issues regularly.Some Windows users may also want to increase the size of the font or other font-related settings to improve readability.The layout and design of console windows — the command prompt, PowerShell and Windows Subsystem for Linux all belong to the category — can be adjusted.Customizing console windows on WindowsYou can modify several display related parameters:Set a different window height and width that is permanent.Specify a default window position.Change the font size and font type.Change text and background colors.Adjust the opacity of the window.Changing window parameters Note: You need to select “defaults” to apply the changes that you make system-wide when you right-click on the title (explained below). The options are identical.While you can make the adjustments manually in the window properties, a far better way to make the changes is to adjust the window manually first.Resize the width and/or height of the console window and position it in a location that you want it to open from now on. These changes are temporary unless you open the properties and make them permanent:Right-click on the title bar of the console window and select Properties from the context menu.Switch to the Layout tab. You find new values for Window Size and Window Position there.You may want to uncheck “Let system position window” if you want the window to always open in the same location on the screen.A click on ok saves the values which makes them the new defaults on the system.Changing text related parametersThe second option that you have in regards to improving readability of console windows is to modify font related settings; this is done in the properties as well.Open the Font tab of the properties.Font size: change the default font size of 8×12 to a larger or smaller size. Size values depend on the selected font.Font type: pick a different font from the list of supported fonts.Any change that you make in the window is shown as a preview so that you know how it will look like immediately.Note that font size changes may change the height or width of the console window as it is adjusted automatically.Changing console colorsThe third major option that you have to improve the readability of console windows is to change colors.Switch to the Colors tab in the Properties window.Select one of the available elements (Screen Text, Screen Background, Popup Text, Popup Background).Adjust the color by selecting one of the available presets or by entering color values for red, green and blue manually.A preview of the new selection is displayed automatically in the window so that you may adjust it accordingly.Other console optionsThe Properties window includes other options that you may find useful when it comes to improving readability:Options > Cursor Size — Change the cursor size from small to medium or large.Colors > Opacity — Change the opacity level of the console window.Closing WordsWindows saves layout settings for each console type, e.g. cmd or PowerShell, separately. You need to modify default settings for each console individually to adjust them all and improve readability in the process.Now You: Have you modified the consoles in Windows?SummaryArticle NameHow to improve the readability of Windows console windowsDescriptionFind out how to improve the readability of console windows on computers running the Windows operating system.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Greece 6000 detained during raids on immigrants

first_img The vital role family plays in society New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths “It is very difficult, practically impossible, for asylum seekers to apply for protected status, and we are concerned that among those arrested there may be people who want protection but were unable to submit their requests because access to the relevant authorities is practically impossible,” he said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias said Monday the rounding-up of illegal immigrants would continue, arguing that their unchecked entry has brought Greece “to the brink of collapse.”“The country is being lost,” he told private Skai TV. “What is happening now is (Greece’s) greatest invasion ever. Since the Dorian invasion some 3,000 years ago, the country has never received such a flow of immigration.”Ancient tradition linked the invasion of Greek-speaking Dorian tribes with the end of the heroic Mycenaean age, although historians believe that the Mycenaean palatial civilization was brought down by financial and social unrest.Dendias said arrested immigrants will be temporarily held at police academy buildings in northern Greece, which are closed for the summer, and at a detention center outside Athens. He claimed that by the end of the year Greece will be able to detain up to 10,000 people.“Whoever is arrested will be held and then deported,” he said.The Greek office of the U.N. High Commission for refugees said that while Greece has the right to carry out checks on immigrants, it should ensure that vulnerable groups do not suffer. “People who truly need protection must be able to request it,” said Petros Mastakas, associate protection officer at the UNHCR office in Athens. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Comments   Share   Police said Monday that 6,000 people were detained over the weekend in Athens in a massive operation incongruously named after the ancient Greek god of hospitality, Zeus Xenios.Officers across the city were seen stopping mostly African and Asian people in the street for identification checks. Most were only briefly detained, but about 1,600 were arrested for illegally entering Greece and sent to holding centers pending deportation.Left-wing opposition parties criticized the crackdown, while the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees voiced concern that migrants from war-torn countries and genuine asylum-seekers could be denied the right of protection.Some 100,000 illegal immigrants are estimated to slip into Greece every year, mostly from neighboring Turkey, and up to a million are believed to live in Greece, which has an official population of about 10 million.The uncontrolled influx, which coincided with a recent spike in crime, contributed to the sharp rise of an extreme-right political party which uses aggressive rhetoric against immigrants.Once beyond the pale of Greek politics, the extreme right Golden Dawn gained nearly 7 percent of the vote in parliamentary elections six weeks ago. Mainstream parties also pledged to curtail immigrant flows. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizonacenter_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Associated PressATHENS, Greece (AP) – Authorities in Greece are rounding up thousands of suspected illegal immigrants in a large-scale deportation drive to combat what a government official compared to a prehistoric invasion.Greece has long been Europe’s main entry point for illegal immigrants from Asia and Africa seeking a better life in the West. But Greece’s severe economic problems and high unemployment are making the problem worse than ever. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories Top Stories last_img read more

Pettitts India Tours has appointed Elite Representation Asia Pacific

first_imgPettitts India Tours has appointed Elite Representation Asia PacificPettitts India Tours has appointed Elite Representation Asia Pacific to complement the sales activities in Australia and New ZealandElite Representation Asia Pacific, with offices in Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane, will service the separate and different needs of these very important and growing markets for India. Elite’s primary role will establish relationships as well as developing new opportunities for the DMC services within all travel segments.Commenting on this important step in the international sales and marketing growth, Mr Sandeep Madhavan, Director of Pettitts India Tours said,“For three decades, we have been bringing to our clients the most germane, rewarding and audacious travel experience. Our clients are not numbers, but stories, experiences and friends we have managed to sustain over the three decades. India is experiencing growing interest for Australians and New Zealanders looking for unique travel experiences. These are either Adventure, Wildlife, Safaris, Spiritual, Cruises, Gourmet, Rail, Trekking, Textile, Archaeological and Historical tours. We are also seeing interest for Medical, Ayurveda, Yoga and Wellbeing tours from Australia and New Zealand. Under the guidance of Elite Representation Asia Pacific’s Executive Director and Founder, Pat Monneron, a well respected industry professional very familiar with India, we look forward to working with the Elite team to raise the awareness of our services and to key trade partners for Pettitts”.On this appointment, Pat Monneron, Executive Director for Elite Representation Asia Pacific commented, “I am pleased to be representing Pettitts India Tours in the Australian and New Zealand markets in a period of growing visitor numbers to India. Pettitts’ specialisation will ensure high level of customer service to trade partners for leisure and MICE segments, something all agents are looking for when partnering with a DMC. The Elite team look forward to working with Tour Operators, Retail Travel Agents, Group Buying, MICE segments of – PCOs, Event Planners, Corporate, Incentive Market for the Sub Continent.”About Pettitts India ToursPettitts is a leading destination management company with three decades of expertise supporting its ecosystem. The company promotes India’s natural endowments as well as its cultural affluence combined with well-planned and executed services.Incorporated in 1989, Pettitts India Tours Pvt. Ltd. is recognised by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and participates actively as a member of IATO, ATOA, PATA, TAAI, ICPB as well as various other travel organizations.Pettitts specialise in destination management services, MICE repertoire and outbound travel services. A team of tour planners, guides and advisers facilitate the clients throughout the duration of the trip and ensures comfort, support and great level of service. Source = Pettitts India Tourslast_img read more

Coming to a new team and having to learn a differe

first_imgComing to a new team and having to learn a different offense can be a daunting task.Doing it all in a span of a couple weeks, without being allowed to practice during one of them? That can be downright impossible.But, as Kevin Kolb told Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug and Wolf Thursday, one of the things that has impressed him about the coaches in Arizona is how easy they make things.“There’s a little bit of leeway with some things, and they allow the players to kind of play freely,” he said. “A lot of times in the NFL it’s so precise and it’s so detail oriented, which is also a good thing so there’s a fine line there, that guys play stiff, they play scared. Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke “You can’t play football with fear. If you do that then you’re not reacting, you’re not playing as fast as you can possibly play.” Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationcenter_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ 0 Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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