Red Stripe Donates $1 Million to Enhance Security at Landfill

first_imgSecurity arrangements at the Riverton City Landfill, off Spanish Town Road in Kingston, are to be further enhanced with a donation of $1 million by brewing company, Red Stripe.The money will be used to, among other things, procure surveillance equipment for the landfill.This is in addition to enhanced security measures the Government has put in place following recent fires at the disposal site, suspected to be the work of arsonists.Speaking at a handover ceremony at Red Stripe’s Spanish Town Road location on Friday (August 24), Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, noted that security has also been increased at all landfills across the country since the fires.The Minister said that some of the security measures will be visible, while others will be discreet, and bemoaned the indiscipline that exists around the country’s disposal sites, particularly the Riverton City and Retirement facilities.“It is a sad reflection on us as a country when we have to waste the kind of resources that we have to guard a landfill from people with criminal and devious intent,” Mr. McKenzie said.The Minister lamented that over the last eight to 10 weeks, the Government has had to spend $150 million to extinguish fires which could have otherwise been used “to fix some more roads, upgrade some more infirmaries and provide more summer employment for our young people.”In the meantime, Minister McKenzie welcomed the donation, noting that this is an ideal demonstration of good corporate social responsibility.“It is not just the Government’s problem, but it is a problem that affects all of us. When there is fire, it means that production is low, it means that we would lose valuable hours in the workplace and there are many associated problems with fires that are created unnecessarily,” he said.In his remarks, Managing Director, Red Stripe, Ricardo Nuncio, noted that the fire had an impact on the company’s employees and operations, and the donation is one tangible way to provide support.He said the money is one of the 100 gifts the company will be giving away in celebration of its 100th year in operation.“We want to give this gift to the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) to support their efforts of managing the Riverton City (landfill) better. I know it’s not going to solve your entire problems, but I think that it’s definitely going to help you go in the right direction and avoid this issue from happening again,” he said.The money was provided through the brewery’s Desnoes and Geddes Foundation, which carries out its philanthropic work.last_img read more

Réunions publiques tenues dans les comtés de Digby Yarmouth et Shelburne par

first_imgLe groupe de travail chargé de la stratégie du patrimoine organise des réunions publiques à l’échelle de la province. Les réunions suivantes auront lieu dans les comtés de Digby, Yarmouth et Shelburne, de 19 h à 21 h. Jeudi 10 novembrePointe-de-l’Église — Amphithéâtre B34, Université Sainte-Anne, 1695, route 1 Mardi 15 novembreShelburne — Osprey Arts Centre, 107, rue Water Mercredi 16 novembrePubnico — Caserne de pompiers de Pubnico Ouest, 897, route 335 Jeudi 17 novembreYarmouth — Yarmouth County Museum, 22, rue Collins Des services d’interprétation simultanée seront offerts dans le cadre de l’assemblée qui aura lieu à Pointe-de-l’Église et à Pubnico. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur les réunions publiques, consultez le site Web du Voluntary Planning Board à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/vp . Un document de discussion est également disponible sur le site web. -30-last_img read more

Hours of Operation for Museums

first_imgThe Museum of Natural History and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic will have closures and reduced hours during the holidays. The Museum of Natural History will be open Friday, Dec. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon, and will be closed Dec. 25, 26, 27, and Jan. 1, and 3. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic will be open Friday, Dec. 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will be closed Dec. 25, 26, and 27. The museum will be open Friday, Dec. 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be closed Jan. 1 and 3. The exhibit, Canada’s Waterscapes — Yours to Enjoy, Explore and Protect, at the Museum of Natural History, will close Jan. 2 to make way for a T. Rex Named Sue, which opens in the new year. LEGO City by the Sea, a whimsical exhibit that allows visitors to control tall ships and trains built of Lego, is on display at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. The public can contact the Museum of Natural History at 902-424-7353 and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic at 902-424-7490 for more information. -30-last_img read more

President gives assent to triple talaq bill

first_imgNew Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind has given assent to the triple talaq bill passed by Parliament, turning it into a law which makes the practice of instant divorce among Muslims a punishable offence, a government notification said. The gazette notification, published Wednesday, says the president has given assent to the bill passed by Parliament. The Act will replace an ordinance promulgated on February 21 this year to the same effect. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The new law The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019 makes talaq-e-biddat or any other similar form of talaq having the effect of instantaneous and irrevocable divorce pronounced by a Muslim husband void and illegal. It makes it illegal to pronounce talaq three times in spoken, written or through SMS or WhatsApp or any other electronic chat in one sitting. “Any pronouncement of talaq by a Muslim husband upon his wife, by words, either spoken or written or in electronic form or in any other manner whatsoever, shall be void and illegal,” the law says. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Any Muslim husband who pronounces the illegal form of talaq upon his wife shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years, and shall also be liable to fine, it says. The bill was passed by Rajya Sabha with 99 votes in favour and 84 against, as the ruling NDA, which lacks majority in the upper house, was helped by the absence of some members of the opposition Congress, SP and BSP as well as six members of Telangana Rashtra Samithi and two MPs of YSR-Congress. The triple talaq bill could not make it through the upper house earlier this year during the first term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, although it was passed by Lok Sabha. The bill was again passed by Lok Sabha last week amid a walkout by several opposition parties including the Congress and the Trinamool Congress. The opposition parties had said in its current form, the proposed law could be misused to harass Muslims and wanted it to be reviewed by a parliamentary committee. Criminalising the offence, the bill gives a police officer powers to arrest the offender without requiring a warrant, they had said. To check misuse of cognisable nature of the offence, the bill makes declaration of talaq-e-biddat only if the complaint is filed by the aggrieved woman or any of her relation by blood or marriage, the Act says. A magistrate can grant bail only after hearing the aggrieved woman, it says. The aggrieved woman is entitled to demand a maintenance for her and her dependent children under the Act. Opposing the bill, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad had said a law should not be made to “finish one particular religion” and claimed that the “cat has come out of the bag”. He said the government should not target one section by framing an “unconstitutional” law but instead provide 33 per cent reservation to women in legislatures for their empowerment, the way Congress government had brought in reservation for women in panchayats, corporations and local bodies.last_img read more

Antivaccine campaign very concerning says Ontarios health minister

first_imgTORONTO — Ontario’s health minister says a large ad campaign urging Toronto residents to be wary of vaccinations is “very concerning.”Christine Elliott openly disagreed with the messaging promoted by Vaccination Choice Canada, a group that urges people to get educated about the risks of immunizations.The organization launched a massive ad campaign across Toronto last Thursday, with four messages set to rotate over more than 50 digital billboards for two weeks.The ads, set to broadcast in prominent locations around the city, include messages such as “educate before you vaccinate,” “what are the risks?” and “how many is too many?”Elliott says there’s a lot of public misinformation about vaccinations, adding the government will continue to urge people to be vaccinated against a variety of conditions.A spokesman for the group behind the campaign says the campaign is meant to encourage parents to educate themselves on vaccines, but Public Health Toronto described the blitz as based around “half-truths.” The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Rob Ford admits to smoking crack

(Updated) It’s a media zoo at Toronto city hall, as reporters wait for mayor Rob Ford to make another announcement. Ford made the shocking revelation today that he has smoked crack cocaine about a year ago.It’s not exactly clear what Ford will be announcing at the news conference shortly, but it’s highly likely it’s about his confession that he has smoked crack cocaine. He dropped the bombshell at Toronto city hall earlier today.“I have smoked crack cocaine. Am I an addict, no, have I tried it, um probably in one of my drunken stupors….about a year ago. I answered your question… I’ve made mistakes. All I can do now is apologize and move on.” Ford may have apologized but several councillors are calling for him to step aside to address his issues. Just after the mayor told reporters about his drug use, Toronto councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong announced he’s proposing a motion to get Ford to take a leave of absence.Councillors Paula Fletcher and Jaye Robinson both have said they too want to see the mayor step aside.The proposal is just one of two motions that will be tabled at city hall — the second would strip the mayor of his power to hire or fire the deputy mayor or any of the standing committee chairs. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has weighed in on the controversy, saying she’s concerned about the city’s ability to conduct business going forward.Legal experts said last week there’s no legal way to remove Ford from office for using drugs, unless he’s actually sent to jail for it.Related: Former PM calls Ford’s admission ‘startling’Reaction from Toronto city hallAddictions expert on Ford admissionFord ’embarrassed & ashamed’, but won’t quit 00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 read more

UN transfers prison authority to local government in Kosovo

The United Nations today handed over complete management of detention centres in Kosovo to local officials as it continues to prepare for final status talks on the ethnically divided province, which it has run since the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) drove out Yugoslav troops amid fighting in 1999.“This is yet another manifestation of the SRSG’s (Special Representative of the Secretary-General) and my own commitment to the continued transfer of responsibilities and competencies to Kosovo,” Principal Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General Larry Rossin told a ceremony at UN headquarters in Pristina, the capital.“The transition in penal management must continue in tandem with that in the police and judiciary, to ensure a balanced growth of all three arms of justice in Kosovo,” he added, hailing this milestone achievement.The move followed the transfer last month of some economic powers from the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), including the chairmanship of the Economic and Fiscal Council to Prime Minister Ramush Haradina.The centres handed over today were in Prizren and Peja/Pec. “In its quest for international standards, Kosovo has the advantage of having a brand new correctional service that has been bred in modern democratic values and does not carry the burden of retrograde penal management practices,” Mr. Rossin said.Last month Special Representative Søren Jessen-Petersen announced agreement with Mr. Haradina’s government on speeding up moves towards a multiethnic society, noting that all involved had a very tight timetable to meet by mid-2005, when they need to show clear progress to move on to final status talks.Both stressed then that the highest priority remained progress on the so-called Standards – eight goals in areas such as democratic institutions, minority rights and an impartial legal system – which are seen as a crucial step on the road to determining the final status of Kosovo, where Albanians outnumber other communities, mainly Serbs, by about 9 to 1. Before NATO’s intervention the province was ruled from Belgrade, the capital of Serbia and Montenegro.Last March the province was shaken by the worst violence in the five years of UN administration when an onslaught by Albanians to drive out Serb, Roma and Ashkali communities led to 19 people being killed, nearly 1,000 injured and hundreds of homes and centuries-old Serbian cultural sites razed or burned. read more

Fox sues record label in dispute over Empire title network wants to

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Fox has asked a federal judge to issue an order allowing the network to continue to use “Empire” as the title of its newest hit show after a record label demanded millions of dollars over use of the word.Twentieth Century Fox Television filed the lawsuit Monday in Los Angeles seeking a judge’s order that the network can continue to use the title “Empire” for its series starring Oscar nominee Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson.The lawsuit states the San Francisco-based record label Empire Distribution Inc., has sent letters demanding as much as $8 million from Fox. Empire Distribution claims the show’s title is creating confusion with its artists and the network should either pay or change the show’s title.“It isn’t just a fictional show,” Empire Distribution CEO Ghazi Shami wrote in a statement released Tuesday. “They are functioning as a record label in the real world.”The lawsuit states Empire Distribution has a pending trademark application for use of the word, but that an initial filing was rejected. The trademark application was filed after the showed premiered in January, the lawsuit states.“Empire” has become a hit for Fox, with its ratings rising each week and nearly 17 million viewers tuning in for the show’s recent Season One finale. The show is about drama within a music and entertainment company run by Howard’s fictional character, Lucious Lyon.Music from the show has also been turned into chart-topping album.The violent tendencies and homophobia of Lyon’s character threaten to tarnish Empire Distribution’s business, Empire Distribution’s attorney Michael Hobbs Jr., wrote in a Feb. 16 letter.Empire Distribution’s “conduct threatens to place a cloud over Fox’s intellectual property rights in the fictional television series ‘Empire’ and the Soundtrack Music,” Fox’s lawsuit states.“We are confident that this is a textbook trademark infringement case,” Hobbs wrote in a statement Tuesday.The lawsuit was first reported on Tuesday by The Hollywood Reporter. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Fox sues record label in dispute over ‘Empire’ title; network wants to keep name of hit show by The Associated Press Posted Mar 24, 2015 5:19 pm MDT FILE – In this Jan. 17, 2015 file photo, from left, actors Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard, and director Lee Daniels speak on stage during the “Empire” panel at the Fox 2015 Winter TCA, in Pasadena, Calif. Twentieth Century Fox Television sued record label Empire Distribution Inc. in federal court in Los Angeles on Monday, March 23, 2015, in a dispute over use of title “Empire” for the network’s hit television series starring Howard and Henson. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) read more

Israel to investigate shelling of UN school

first_img This is 6th time one of our @UNRWA schools has been struck. Our staff leading int’l response are being killed. This is a breaking point.— Pierre Krähenbühl (@PKraehenbuehl) July 30, 2014 Source: Pierre Krähenbühl/Twitter Children, women and men killed & injured as they slept in place where they should have been safe and protected. They were not. Intolerable.— Pierre Krähenbühl (@PKraehenbuehl) July 30, 2014 Source: Pierre Krähenbühl/Twitter I strongly condemn today’s Israeli shelling of @UNRWA school in Jabalia #Gaza. No words to adequately express my anger and indignation.— Pierre Krähenbühl (@PKraehenbuehl) July 30, 2014center_img With displaced Palestinians still inside, a youth walks by the debris in a classroom at the Abu Hussein U.N. school in Jebaliya refugee camp Source: AP/Press Association ImagesIN THE WAKE of the outrage expressed over the deaths of civilians at a UN school shelter, Israel is to investigate the incident.The BBC reports that a government spokesman said the country will investigate the shelling and will apologise if Israeli fire was responsible.The Abu Hussein UN school was located in Jebaliya refugee camp, in the northern Gaza Strip.Both the US and the UN have condemned the attack.There was widespread of condemnation of the attack, which left at least 16 people dead. A displaced Palestinian child waves to a friend from inside a damaged classroom at the Abu Hussein U.N. school Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe attack on the shelter took place on the 23rd day of the Israel-Hamas conflict, shortly after 5.30am when people were sleeping at the school-turned-shelter.The school was run by the UNRWA, the UN agency, and its Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl said afterwards: Source: Pierre Krähenbühl/Twitter Read: Have you seen the mural about the Gaza conflict painted on the Falls Road?>Read: UNRWA spokesperson breaks down during TV interview on Palestinians’ rights>Read: Early morning shelling kills 16 at UN school shelter in Gaza>last_img read more

Stanford to offer a free online artificial intelligence class for everyone

first_imgWhat do Watson of Jeopardy fame and Pandora have in common? Both use forms of artificial intelligence, a vast and complex field that is constantly being explored. It can be a daunting subject for those who haven’t studied it. Fortunately, Stanford will offer an introductory course on Artificial Intelligence for free online this fall.Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig will be the professors. Thrun is a major figure in the AI community. As a professor of Computer Science at Stanford, he spearheaded the development of the self-driving car which earned him accolades from Time Magazine. Norvig is the Director of Research at Google and wrote the premier textbook on AI, Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach.The class will run from October 6 until December 16 this year. Online students have the ability to watch lecture videos, read the lectures, complete homework, and take quizzes, the midterm and final. The class will also be taught to students on Stanford’s campus which will begin September 27.Over the course of ten weeks, Professors Thrun and Norvig will cover: an overview of AI, statistics, machine learning, hidden Markov models, Bays nets, Markov decision processes, reinforcement learning, adversarial planning, logic, image processing, robotics, and natural language processing. You can look at the syllabus here.For online students, the professors will be available indirectly. Those who need to ask questions can submit their queries, and they will be aggregated. The most popular ones will be discussed by Norvig and Thrun during their lectures. Quizzes and exams will be administered and graded electronically.Online students who are not Stanford students will not receive credit from Stanford. Rather, they will receive a certificate acknowledging that they have completed the course.Over 70,000 people have signed up. Will you?Via AI-classlast_img read more