Drama and intrigue help trigger the most Quebec byelections in more than

first_imgMONTREAL – Death, palace intrigue and allegations of lies and corruption are at the centre of the highest number of Quebec byelections in more than 30 years.The Oct. 2 byelection in the Quebec City riding of Louis-Hebert will be the 15th in the province since Philippe Couillard’s Liberals formed a majority government in April 2014.Ontario, by contrast, has had seven byelections since Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals won in June that year.At roughly $500,000 a pop, byelections this legislative session will cost Quebec around $8 million, according to the province’s elections commission.And that sum doesn’t include so-called “transition” allowances given to some of the departing politicians.Before November 2015, members of the legislature who left mid-mandate were eligible to such payments to help them in their career switch.Yves Bolduc, the ex-education minister who lost Couillard’s confidence early in the Liberal mandate, pocketed $150,000. His staff — who were also put out of work when he resigned — shared another $150,000.The high number of byelections — the most in one mandate since 1981-85 — forced the government to end the practice of automatic allowances. Now, only politicians who leave early for “serious” family or health reasons are eligible.Julie Champagne, a spokeswoman for Quebec’s national assembly, said “it is up to the ethics commissioner to determine if the departing member satisfies the conditions to receive an allocation.”Despite the change, nine members resigned this session before the new rules were adopted.The most high-profile resignation came in May 2016, roughly 24 hours after a cryptic television interview involving Julie Snyder, the ex-partner of then-Parti Quebecois leader Pierre Karl Peladeau.Peladeau resigned the following day, saying he was choosing his family over politics.He’d been leader for a year.Weeks later, PQ house leader Bernard Drainville resigned and soon after began co-hosting a popular Quebec City radio show, leading pundits to speculate his political career was hitched to Peladeau’s and sank as a result of him leaving.Drainville had replaced Stephane Bedard, who quit office shortly after Peladeau demoted him during a turbulent time for the party in 2015.The Liberals haven’t had it any easier, with the Opposition strategically attacking the party on its key vulnerability: its past.The Opposition has tried to pick off Liberal cabinet ministers by accusing them of corruption and being tied to alleged wrongdoings from the Liberal era of Jean Charest, whose party lost the 2012 general election.Sam Hamad left cabinet in April 2016 after he was connected to a former Liberal fundraiser facing corruption-related criminal charges. The fundraiser, Marc-Yvan Cote, is awaiting trial along with various co-accused, including ex-deputy premier Nathalie Normandeau.Hamad was cleared by the province’s ethics commissioner of any wrongdoing but he never rejoined cabinet and quit politics last April.Former cabinet minister Jacques Daoust resigned in 2016 after perceived wrongdoing involving the controversial sale of Rona Inc. to U.S. hardware retailer Lowe’s.Daoust died last month.Additionally, a byelection was held after the death of Sylvie Roy, who was sitting as an Independent member of the legislature.Concordia University political scientist Harold Chorney said it is common for politicians to leave during a mandate.“Politics is a thankless career; you put your livelihood and that of your family at risk and in the hands of the public and you’re there to serve,” Chorney said in an interview.“People find it tiring for all sorts of personal reasons. It wears people out.”Chorney also said there appears to be a birth of a new generation of idealists.The new wave is personified by Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, who in his mid-20s won a seat in a byelection this year for Quebec solidaire, a left-wing party hoping to steal votes from the PQ and make inroads outside Montreal.October’s byelection is being held against the backdrop of good economic news for the Liberals.Quebec is a leader among the provinces in job creation, salary increases, and its unemployment rate hasn’t been as low for decades.If political donations are any indication, however, the PQ remains a popular choice for citizens, with the sovereigntist party getting $611,837 in donations between Jan. 1 and Aug. 31.The Liberals are second with $417,508 and Quebec solidaire, with only three seats in the 125-member legislature, is third at $214,879.The Coalition for Quebec’s Future, which is gaining strength in the polls and is considered a possible dark horse in the 2018 fall general election, is last among the four major parties, with $144,949.last_img read more

Family recovering after suffering carbon monoxide poisoning in car in BC

first_imgABBOTSFORD, B.C. — Police say a woman and her five-year-old child have been released from hospital one week after suffering carbon monoxide poisoning in a car.The woman’s three-year-old child remains in hospital in stable condition and is expected to be released early next week.The woman and her two children were found unresponsive in the car on Dec. 26 in a rural area of Abbotsford, B.C.Investigators have found the vehicle came to rest against a guard rail when the driver pulled over to the side of the road.Assistant fire Chief Craig Bird says in a statement that vehicular poisoning by the colourless and odourless gas is most commonly caused when cars are left running in an enclosed space.He says exhaust fumes leaking into the passenger compartment is a less common but equally dangerous cause of the poisoning and recommends bringing your vehicle to a certified mechanic for inspection if you suspect a leak.The gas causes flu-like symptoms that can lead to death. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Sting And Trudie Styler To Be Awarded We Are Family Foundation Humanitarian

first_imgThe We Are Family Foundation (WAFF), a not-for-profit organization founded by legendary songwriter and producer, Nile Rodgers, will honor Humanitarian Award recipients Sting and Trudie Styler at its inaugural We Are Family HONORS event on Thursday, April 11, 2013, at Manhattan Center’s Grand Ballroom in New York City.Artists and activists Sting and Trudie Styler will receive the Humanitarian Award, which honors those in the public eye who have made tremendous efforts and inroads to improving the human condition throughout the world. Previous recipients of the Humanitarian Award include musical legends Jackson Browne, Peter Gabriel, Sir Elton John, and television and radio host Larry King.Sting and Trudie Styler are committed to helping make a difference for children around the world and protecting the environment. In 1989, the couple founded the Rainforest Fund, an organization devoted to protecting rainforests and their indigenous peoples. To date they have raised more than $30 million for the cause and have expanded to a network of interconnected organizations in more than 20 countries. Sting’s support for human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and Live Aid mirrors his art in its universal outreach. From raising funds and awareness for the UNICEF End Child Exploitation and United Against AIDS campaigns to visiting tsunami-affected Sri Lanka in solidarity with those affected by the devastating disaster, Trudie Styler has been a leading voice on behalf of some of the poorest and most vulnerable children on earth.“The We Are Family Foundation was born as a result of the 9/11 tragedy, after which I asked the question, ‘Can we organize for peace half as effectively as others do for hate?’” said Nile Rodgers, Founder & Chairman of the We Are Family Foundation. “My song, ‘We Are Family,’ was the inspiration to bring people together, celebrate our differences and share ideas across borders in order to solve some of the bigger problems facing our world. We are inspired by Sting and Trudie and their dedication to making the world a better place.”The funds raised will support WAFF’s mission and existing programs including WAFF’s signature program, Three Dot Dash, which identifies, supports and mentors Global Teen Leaders actively working on programs that address basic human needs and promoting a more peaceful world; and TEDxTeen, a global educational platform for extraordinary teenagers to share their stories and inspire millions.Tickets for We Are Family HONORS can be purchased in advance at wearefamilyfoundation.org. Contributions are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law; the non-deductible portion of each VIP Ticket purchased is $75, and each Concert Ticket purchased is $50. All who purchased tables or dinner tickets to the We Are Family Foundation Gala 2.0 on January 31, 2013, will receive complimentary admission to We Are Family HONORS. Please contact Lauren Lewis at lauren@wearefamilyfoundation.org for details.last_img read more

Austria to assist Lanka have EU ban on fish exports lifted

Subsequently, the two leaders started bilateral discussions. The discussion was focused on expanding friendly relations between the two countries.“The new government of Sri Lanka is now carrying out the program to build coexistence and reconciliation in the country by fulfilling the responsibilities of a post-war period, after ending the 26 year long terrorism in Sri Lanka”, President Sirisena said. He added that Sri Lanka is expecting assistance from every friendly country to re-build the economy in Sri Lanka. The two leaders came into this agreement when they held official talks today at the President’s Office in Austria. He said the aim of the new Government is to uplift the living standards of the people while developing the economy.The Austrian President pledged to provide every possible assistance to Sri Lanka to get the EU ban on fish exports lifted as well as to get the GSP plus facility.The Austrian President also commended the Government’s commitment in protecting Theravada Buddhism and said that Sri Lanka can be named as a country which strongly practices the Theravada Buddhism. Following the bilateral discussions, both leaders held a joint press conference. Addressing the joint press conference, leaders of the both countries stated that their hope is to further enhance the existing bilateral ties between the two countries. (Colombo Gazette) Austria today pledged to provide every possible assistance to Sri Lanka to get the EU ban on fish exports lifted and also to regain the GSP plus facility.The President of Austria Heinz Fischer and President Maithripala Sirisena also agreed to increase the cooperation in the economic development between the two countries as friendly nations. President Sirisena who arrived at the President’s Office in Austria was welcomed by President Fischer. A Guard of Honour was also held to welcome President Sirisena, who is on a 2-day state visit to Austria. After the Guard of Honour, two national anthems were played. read more

Kinder Morgan CEO says theres a sellers market for its remaining Canadian

CALGARY — There’s a “seller’s market” for attractive assets like those held by its Canadian subsidiary, the CEO of Kinder Morgan Inc. said on a conference call Wednesday to discuss third-quarter results.The company is working on a strategic plan that could include a sale or sale of assets for its Canadian arm even though it likely won’t distribute funds from the sale of its major asset, the Trans Mountain pipeline system, until January, said Steve Kean, who is also CEO of Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd.“On the KML assets, we think they’re great assets,” he said, listing crude tank storage and rail terminals in Alberta, the Vancouver Wharves Terminal and the Cochin Pipeline system which transports condensate from the United States to the Edmonton area.“We think that asset packages like this are rare, anywhere, but they’re rare to come to market and they’re rare to come to market in Western Canada, so we do think that it tends to be a bit of a seller’s market for these assets.”No ‘stop clock’ on Trans Mountain consultations as oilpatch suffers US$40 discountKinder Morgan weighs full exit from Canada after Trans Mountain pipeline debacle‘A devaluation of oilsands assets’: New rules on sulphur will make a fifth of output uneconomic within two yearsKean added on the call that it makes sense for the Cochin Pipeline to be owned by one party, rather than being split at the border into portions owned by the Canadian and U.S. branches of the company.KML minority shareholders are to vote in November on a proposal to pay out about $1.2 billion or $11.40 per restricted voting share from the Trans Mountain sale. Kinder Morgan Inc. has said it is in favour of the payout and would use its portion, about $2.8 billion, to reduce debt.Kinder Morgan Canada trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange but is 70 per cent owned by its Houston-based parent. The Canadian company sold its Trans Mountain assets to the federal government for $4.5 billion in a deal that closed Aug. 31.The day before, on Aug. 30, Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal quashed regulatory approval of the Trans Mountain expansion project, setting in motion an extended review by the National Energy Board and a new set of Indigenous consultations on the project.Founder and executive chairman Richard Kinder congratulated Kinder Morgan Inc.’s leadership team on the call for having “extricated ourselves on favourable financial terms” from ownership of the Trans Mountain expansion.Kinder Morgan Canada reported third-quarter net income of $1.35 billion on Wednesday, with most of that resulting from the Trans Mountain sale.It said it realized net income of $1.308 billion from the sale, net of tax.Third-quarter income from continuing operations came in at $22.2 million, up from $9.8 million in the same period of last year, it reported.Quarterly revenue was $94.3 million, versus $85.9 million in the year-earlier period. read more

Latest events threaten peace process in Georgia SecretaryGeneral says

“The fighting in the Kodori Valley and surrounding areas of Abkhazia, Georgia, as well as the shooting down of a UNOMIG helicopter on 8 October, represent a serious deterioration of the situation and a setback in efforts to achieve a political settlement,” Mr. Annan says in his latest report to the Security Council on the situation in Abkhazia, Georgia. “Both sides must unequivocally respect the ceasefire, renew their commitment to seek a resolution of the conflict by political means, stop encouraging any military action and return to the peace process without reservation or procrastination.”The shooting down of a helicopter with unarmed personnel from the UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) on board was “an outrage,” the Secretary-General says, raising serious questions about the failure of the Georgian and Abkhaz sides to ensure the security of UN personnel – the cornerstone of any UN involvement in the region. “The perpetrators of criminal acts targeted against UNOMIG must be brought to justice,” he says.In an appeal to interested States – known as the Group of Friends – Mr. Annan says they should expedite, in close cooperation with his Special Representative, Dieter Boden, the process of finalizing the draft paper on the distribution of competences between Tbilisi and Sukhumi and “to bring it to a successful conclusion.” Moreover, he urges the Abkhaz side to review its position and, following the finalization of the text, to join efforts to proceed with negotiations on the basis of the draft paper.The Secretary-General also criticizes the two sides for cancelling three meetings of the Coordinating Council over the last six months, twice at the request of the Abkhaz side, saying this threatens to defeat the purpose of the negotiating forum. “Both sides should be aware that these mechanisms are established to serve their own security, especially in times of crisis,” he writes. “They should, therefore, return immediately to full-fledged participation in the Coordinating Council and all its working groups.”As for the refugees and internally displaced persons, the Secretary-General notes that there has been no progress on facilitating their “safe, secure and dignified return” and calls on both sides to resume serious work on this matter on the basis of existing agreements. read more

Paul Pierce Jason Kidd Talk Winning NBA Championship with

Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason ‘Jet’ Terry were officially introduced as Brooklyn Nets players early Thursday morning. Pierce was introduced to a large media contingent along with Garnett and Terry at the Barclays Center. The former Boston Celtics player talked about his excitement to be in Brooklyn and wanting to bring a NBA championship to the city.“I think we’re going to be right up there with the best of them,” Pierce said Thursday. “Obviously I would’ve loved to have finished my career in Boston, but that day and age is finally over with. My ultimate drive is winning a championship.”Recently retired New York Knicks player and new coach of the Nets, Jason Kidd, took the podium and addressed a question about the rivalry between the Knicks and the Nets. Kidd stressed that it would be nice to be No. 1 in the city but winning the NBA championship is what occupies his mind.“I think we’re talking about a championship, so it doesn’t matter if it’s Miami, Chicago, Indiana, it’s New York, too,” first-year coach Jason Kidd said. “It is a nice rivalry here between the two of us, and hopefully we can get the better of them this year, but the big picture is that championship trophy, and that’s why we’re up here. The gold trophy is what we’re here for.”Garnett, Pierce and Terry were traded to the Nets in a blockbuster deal with the Boston Celtics. read more

Free et Orange sallient pour le déploiement de la fibre optique

first_imgFree et Orange s’allient pour le déploiement de la fibre optiqueFree et France Telecom-Orange sont tombés d’accord sur une initiative de co-financement destinée à favoriser le développement de la fibre optique dans une soixantaine d’agglomérations situées dans des zones peu peuplées de France. Hier, Free et France Télécom-Orange se sont entendus sur un projet de co-financement qui permettra d’étendre plus efficacement la fibre optique au-delà des principales agglomérations. L’Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques et des postes (ACERP) a salué cette entente.À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?En début de semaine, France Télécom-Orange avait communiqué son offre pour “mutualiser les réseaux hors zone très dense en laissant le choix à l’utilisateur final de son fournisseur de services”, explique generation-nt. Free est donc l’opérateur qui s’est manifesté le premier, mais il pourrait être suivi par d’autres opérateurs…Cet accord va en fait permettre à un grand nombre de foyers, jusqu’ici un peu oubliés, de bénéficier du très haut débit. Ainsi, une soixantaine d’agglomérations (parmi lesquels Brest, Dijon ou encore Le Havre) et cinq millions de foyers supplémentaires pourront désormais profiter de la fibre optique. Free et Orange investiront chacun selon leurs besoins, à la demande des abonnés. Une entente qui semble être un moyen judicieux de négocier “le virage du numérique” cher au sénateur centriste de l’Eure, Hervé Maurey.Par ailleurs, Orange a de nouveau évoqué son intention d’investir 2 milliards d’euros afin d’apporter la fibre optique dans 3.600 communes, et de couvrir 10 millions de foyers en 2015 et 15 millions en 2020, soit près de 60% des foyers en France, rapporte generation-nt. Le déploiement du très haut débit pourrait donc bien considérablement s’accélérer d’ici les prochaines années. Le 22 juillet 2011 à 13:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Police Vancouver woman was allegedly inhaling fumes during pursuit

first_imgCENTRALIA — Authorities say a Vancouver woman was inhaling fumes from a canister while eluding police in a  chase that spanned several streets and ended with a wrong-way crash Monday in downtown Centralia.Robin R. Wick, 52, who reportedly has a history of running from officers, was arrested following the pursuit and charged with attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle, driving under the influence, hit and run and unlawful inhalation of fumes. Lewis County Superior Court Judge Joely O’Rourke placed Wick on a $250,000 cash bond at her preliminary appearance Tuesday afternoon.Downtown Centralia was a flurry of police lights and sirens Monday afternoon as officers pursued Wick, a hit and run suspect. A police department press release distributed Tuesday reads that at 3:40 p.m. Monday, police were dispatched to a hit and run collision at the intersection of Tower Avenue and Sixth Street. A silver Ford Edge, allegedly driven by Wick, T-boned a semi truck. Court documents indicate the collision deflated a tire on Wick’s vehicle.Police found her minutes later, and attempted to pull over the SUV.“Wick continued driving and (made) several turns down side streets along Tower Avenue and Pearl Street, failing to stop at all stop signs while driving in the oncoming lane of traffic,” reads the press release.Stop sticks were deployed on North Pearl Street, deflating two more tires on Wick’s vehicle. During an interview at the time, Centralia Police Sgt. Carl Buster said the stop sticks, which were deployed early on during the chase, helped lessen the severity of an already dangerous situation, adding later that the chase through downtown was at a time of day known for heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic.last_img read more

Daughter of Educator still being held in the Cayman Islands

first_img Related Items:Bethany Gabriel Butler, cayman islands, mental health law, tamara butler UK Governors of the Caribbean meet in Miami Recommended for you Minister Presents Budget Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 3 Nov 2014 – Tamara Butler is still being held in the Cayman Islands as the autopsy now confirms that indeed her six year old daughter did die due to multiple stab wounds. Butler, who is the daughter of educator Claudette Clare and who grew up here in the TCI, was also treated for what were said to be superficial wounds. One report said: Mrs. Butler has remained under police guard at the hospital since then and has been admitted under the Mental Health Law while a period of observation is conducted to assess her condition and suitability for interview by the officers conducting this investigation. Bethany Gabriel Butler was discovered by police a week ago today; the autopsy results came on Friday. Culture & Heritage Policy/Plan Survey Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

New Mayor of Kingston takes Office

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Recommended for you #MagneticMediaNews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, December 21, 2016 – Government Senator, Councillor Delroy Williams, is the new Mayor of Kingston and St. Andrew.  He was installed during a ceremony at the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation on Church Street in downtown Kingston, on December 15.The function was presided over by Principal Returning Officer of the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ), Albert Johnson.  Senator Williams, who is the Councillor for the Seivright Gardens division in West Central St. Andrew, will also serve as the Corporation’s Chairman.He succeeds Senator, Councillor Dr. Angela Brown Burke, who held the position from 2012 to 2016, and who performed the symbolic “robing” of the new Mayor, which marks the transition of leadership.  His Deputy will be Councillor for the Waterloo division in North East St. Andrew, Winston Ennis, who succeeds Councillor Andrew Swaby of the Vineyard Town division in South East St. Andrew.All 40 Councillors also took the Oath of Affirmation during the ceremony, which was attended by several officials.  They were headed by Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, who represented Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness; wife of the Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Juliet Holness; Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie; and Opposition Spokesman on Science, Energy and Technology, Phillip Paulwell, who represented Opposition Leader, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller.Also in attendance were Custos Rotulorum for Kingston, Hon. Steadman Fuller; and Senate President, Hon. Tom Tavares-Finson.  In his address, Dr. Chang, in congratulating the Mayor, his deputy and the councillors, underscored that local government represented the first point of contact for citizens in Jamaica’s governance structure. “You will be the (person) in the community who people will look to for leadership, for guidance and for first contact with the authorities and Government.   It is an enormous responsibility, and I ask that you carry out your representation with dignity, with care and concern for those you represent,” he urged.In his remarks, Mr. McKenzie, who also commended the councillors, urged them to use the Corporation as a vehicle of transformation and change that will advance the work of local government across Kingston and St. Andrew.  He challenged the new Mayor to “forge a partnership that will be beneficial to the city… that will cross the political boundaries.”For his part, Senator Williams expressed gratitude for the support of Prime Minister Holness, in whose constituency his division is located.  He also thanked members of his family and residents who facilitated his  re-election, while encouraging councillors on both sides of the aisle to collaborate in ensuring that they administer the business of the Corporation in the best interest of the citizens.The ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) regained control of the Corporation after winning 21 of the 40 divisions in the country’s strongest municipal corporation, during the recent Local Government Elections.  The remaining 19 divisions were won by the People’s National Party (PNP). Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Sensex Plummets 550 Points on Fears Over PNotes Chinese Market Crash

first_imgDomestic stock markets plunged over 550 points on Monday as worries over curbs on participatory notes (P-notes) and a crash in Chinese equity markets triggered heavy sell-off.The benchmark S&P BSE Sensex fell nearly 2%, or 550.93 points, to close at 27,561.38.Last week, the Supreme Court-appointed special investigation team (SIT) on black money had recommended the government to tighten restrictions on P-notes in order to check black money flowing into the country’s financial markets.P-notes enable foreign investors to take exposure in the stock markets without registering with the market regulator, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi). They also reduce time and costs involved in registration.Analysts say any curb on P-notes will hamper investment flows from overseas investors into the country’s equity markets.By the end of June, investments through P-notes reached a massive Rs 2.75 lakh crore. It also accounted for 11.5% of the total foreign institutional investment (FII) in the country.However, the finance minister Arun Jaitley pacified their concerns, saying “the government will not take any steps that will adversely impact the country’s investment climate.”A similar move in 2007 saw the Sensex falling by over 10% within minutes of the opening session, bringing trading to a halt. However, the then finance minister P Chidambaram assured the markets by giving clarifications regarding P-notes.”Typically these issues have tended to get resolved because the government tends to be sensible about not disrupting the market,” Prabhat Awasthi, managing director and head of equity at Nomura India, told NDTV Profit.Further, a crash in Chinese stock markets also weighed on the Indian markets.The Chinese markets plummeted by over 8% on Monday, witnessing the biggest one-day decline in more than 8 years, as worries grew over the economic health of the country.The fall in Beijing’ stock markets was also due to investors’ rush to book profits, triggered by uncertainty over the Chinese government’s steps to maintain stability in the markets.last_img read more

Celebrate National Healthy Heart Month

first_imgMelvin Andrews (far left) is Production Director of My Little World LIVE. (Photo/youtube.com)Join the cast of the YouTube web series My Little World LIVE in a fun-filled performance that entertains and educates children ages three to 12-years-old. The event will be presented on Feb. 10 at 3:30 p.m. at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapolis Road Tickets: $5; Open to the Public. For more information, call 301-455-4265 or email NatiiArts@aol.com.last_img

Resident Evil Umbrella Corps could be a good budget shooter

first_imgCapcom’s latest Resident Evil title, Umbrella Corps, is a third-person team-based spinoff that takes place after Resident Evil 6 — even though the antagonistic Umbrella company that used to be central to the franchise is dead at this point in the ridiculous series timeline. Nevertheless, Capcom showed off an action-packed trailer at its World of Capcom panel at New York Comic Con.It featured a bunch of Umbrella mercenaries braining each other with construction equipment, and it ended with what sounded like Bart Simpson’s voice actress saying the game’s title at the end. Either way, Umbrella Corps looks like a Resident Evil game in name only. If it weren’t for the franchise’s name in place and the fact that zombies are in the game, it would just be another fast-paced, competitive shooter. But since this one’s set in the Resident Evil universe, it has our curiosity.For a shooter, Umbrella Corps seems to have a lots of melee combat. From what it looks like, players will choose loadouts at the start of matches that will include various tools and weapons. It’s unclear yet how exactly the items will divvy up between the loadout selections, but Capcom gave a peek at some of the equipment that the Umbrella mercs will use.Resident Evil is really into taupe filters lately.The most violent of the bunch is definitely the Brainer, which is basically a melee ax. Besides killin’, it’s also very good at sticking into to walls to allow mercs to jump up to higher spots. Then there’s the Terrain Spikes, which apparently (like the Umbrella guys) stomp things like zombies, and each other, easier. You can also use them in tandem with the Brainer to climb walls. The Tactical Shield, attached to your merc’s wrist, protects you from headshots and the zombies that ramble around maps. It also allows you to grab zombies and use them as meat shields. Finally, the Zombie Jammer is some kind of magic wave-emitting device that causes the zombie horde to ignore you, so you can carry on with your team deathmatch unbothered by the undead.It wouldn’t be a modern-day shooter without a cover system. Capcom calls the one in Umbrella Corps the Analog Cover System, which apparently means you can peek out as far as you want around the tight corridors, corners, and trenches that make up Umbrella Corps’ maps. Umbrella Corps will also make us of Tactical Symbols as a way for team members without headsets or communicate. The idea sounds similar to pre-set voice commands from the Left 4 Dead series.The loadout-style items, in addition to the presence of zombies, seem to be what Capcom’s pushing to differentiate Resident Evil: Umbrella Corps from the rest of the shooter pack. Not that any of that really matters since the Resident Evil brand name still sells movies and games no matter the quality. Plus, it’s coming out in early 2016 for PS4 and Steam as a budget title priced at $30. Considering this is a multiplayer-only game that needs a strong community to survive, that’s pretty canny of Capcom.last_img read more

Crime writers on a roll

first_imgFrom violence against women in crime novels to decoding the world of prolific Pakistani crime writer Ibn-e-Safi, the inaugural edition of Crime Writers Festival touches upon an array of issues shaping contemporary crime writing in India.Promoted by Siyahi, a literature promotion group, the two-day festival that began on January 17 and will continue till 18 will be held at the India Habitat Centre.The event is bringing crime and thriller writers from across the world to discuss the art of crime writing to see how it influences society. Touching upon a number of themes the festival pays an ode to this writing genre that is slowly gaining popularity among the masses. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival has been conceptualised by Namita Gokhale, co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival, writer Kishwar Desai and the Crime Writer’s Forum of South Asia. Alka Pande, curator and historian, is donning the hat of creative director.Celebrated authors like Anita Raghavan, Mahmood Farooqui, Ashwin Sanghi, S.Hussain Zaidi and Jerry Pinto, among several others are discussing the world of crime fiction. In a session titled ‘Byomkesh Bakshi and the Bangla Bloodhound’, authors Zac O’ Yeah and Mukul Deva will be drawing distinctions between Indian and Western detective fiction. Along with these discussions, there will also be book-reading sessions and workshops at different venues.last_img read more

Sam Smith blasted for disliking Michael Jackson

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Sam Smith and Michael Jackson | Photos: Instagram/samsmithworld and Bad cover Pray singer Sam made the confession in a video filmed by fellow openly gay singer Adam Lambert.‘I don’t like Michael Jackson, but this is a good song’Sam, Adam and friends were on a boat cruise in California when Sam is heard saying: ‘I don’t like Michael Jackson, but this is a good song.’Someone off-camera can be heard responding: ‘Wow.’Adam Lambert accidentally posts a video of Sam Smith saying:‘I don’t like Michael Jackson, but this is a good song’ pic.twitter.com/Rhw1lnA5O0— Music News Facts (@musicnewsfact) 10 August 2018Beat It singer Michael, one of the most popular singers of all time, passed away of cardiac arrest in 2009.His album Thriller is often reported to be the highest-selling of all time.3T Singer TJ Jackson, son of Jackson 5 member Tito, criticized Sam on Twitter.Michael Jackson’s nephew said: ‘Sam Smith made a career on singing R&B/soul music. So to look into a camera and disregard one of its pillars is ignorant, disrespectful and arrogant.‘Everyone has opinions but @samsmithworld don’t disparage a soul pioneer when they helped paved the way for you and your music.’ Sam Smith has attracted the vitriol of the internet by admitting he doesn’t care for Michael Jackson. Meanwhile Michael’s ex-partner, the Grammy-winning singer Stephanie Mills, reacted strongly, telling Sam to sit his ‘1 Hit Wonder Ass Down’.‘Learn how to finish a tour’The A Rush On Me singer said on Instagram: ‘Don’t come for MICHAEL JACKSON when you wish you have sold as many records and you wish you were the King of Pop like he was.’She furthermore added: ‘I’m so tired of you people studying our music, and studying our artist and claiming that you don’t like our music. Go sit your 1 HIT WONDER ass down and learn how to finish a tour.’She furthermore added: ‘When you can sell as many records as the king of Pop, Michael Jackson then maybe you can say something. So I say to you Mr. Smith have several seats and come for me if you want to.’Stephanie has released 15 studio albums over a career spanning five decades.She scored a top 10 hit in he US in 1980 with Never Knew Love Like This Before. The song won the Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance Grammy.‘Sam Smith can have his opinion, of course’Meanwhile, one Twitter user weighed in saying: ‘Yes Sam Smith can have his opinion, of course. But you can’t just say ‘I don’t like Michael Jackson’, you have to say ‘I’m very sorry but Michael Jackson’s songs aren’t my fave.’Sam Smith is ‘devastated’ after splitting from boyfriend Brandon Flynn Here’s what went down when Steve Grand met Elton John (and Adam Lambert)Sam Smith is ‘devastated’ after splitting from boyfriend Brandon FlynnLa Roux slams Fox for using her song to push bulletproof backpacks for kidsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/sam-smith-blasted-for-disliking-michael-jackson/ Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

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first_img The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Related Content July 13, 2009 – On July 7 the American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN) started its first cardiovascular trial, ACRIN PA 4005 “Randomized Controlled Study of a Rapid ‘Rule Out’ Strategy Using CT Coronary Angiography Versus Traditional Care for Low-Risk ED Patients with Potential Acute Coronary Syndromes.”The trial is led by Harold I. Litt, M.D., Ph.D., chief of cardiovascular imaging at the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Judd Hollander, M.D., professor and clinical research director in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.A total of 1,365 participants at low-risk (TIMI risk scores between zero and two, ECG without acute ischemia and normal cardiac troponin levels) with potential acute coronary syndromes will be recruited and randomized to either a traditional “rule out” care arm or a CT coronary angiography arm. The investigators seek to determine whether CT coronary angiography can be safely used to discharge low-risk patients to home from the emergency department, decreasing the patient’s length of stay and considerably increasing emergency department efficiency.Trial funding is made available through the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement Program with funds from the Tobacco Settlement Act.For more information: www.acrin.org/4005_protocol.aspx. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. 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Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more News | July 13, 2009 ACR Launches CCTA Rapid Rule Out Study News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Nicaragua extreme poverty cut in half

first_imgBy David Hutt | Special to The Tico TimesLEÓN, Nicaragua – The Nicaraguan economy has been hitting the headlines for all of the right reasons lately. First came the news that since the Sandinistas returned to power in 2006, the economy has grown by 30 percent, according to a report by the Nicaraguan Central Bank, published last month.The same report noted that in the past year, Nicaragua has seen its gross domestic product increase from $1,239 to $1,582 per citizen.At the same time, the Nicaraguan government signed a lucrative memorandum of understanding with a major Chinese telecommunications company to fund and build an inter-oceanic canal and freight railroad across the country to rival the Panama Canal.Then came further good news from Venezuela that Hugo Chávez will serve another six-years in office, which was received by the Nicaraguan government with optimism and relief by the country’s economists. Nicaragua currently imports Venezuelan oil at “solidarity rates,” meaning the country pays rock bottom prices for half of the oil up front, and then pays back the rest through low-interest loans. According to the Central Bank, which released new trade figures shortly before the Venezuelan elections, 62 percent of Nicaraguan oil revenue goes to fund social programs and macro-business development. To top all of this, Paul Oquist, the presidential secretary for national policy, speaking on the political radio station Radio La Primerisima, reported recently that in the last five years, extreme poverty has fallen from 11.2 percent to 5.5 percent. Extreme poverty is measured by a daily income of less than $1.25. According to Oquist, Nicaragua also recorded an economic growth of 5.1 percent in 2011 – the highest rate in all of Central America. Insufficient Growth?Despite the optimism, most Nicaraguan economists agree that much more needs to be done. Oquist admitted that 5 percent growth is not good enough if the country wants to properly eradicate poverty and move away from being Central America’s poorest nation, and the second poorest in all of Latin America. “We could continue to grow at 5 percent and get good grades, because it is the fastest growing economy in Central America and we are reducing poverty. But we will not achieve a great transformation, eradicate extreme poverty and overcome poverty in Nicaragua by growing at 5 percent,” he said. Oquist said that a transformation of Nicaraguan society would be possible only with an 8 percent growth rate. However, he is confident that in the next few years Nicaragua will be able to reach this lofty target, largely through the projected megaprojects. He added that the government has an investment portfolio of more than $11 billion, including a major oil refinery complex to be funded by Venezuela, and the Chinese-subsidized canal. But not everyone is so confident. Independent economist Néstor Avendaño doubts whether Nicaragua will even be able to match its current growth in the coming year. “I don’t see any possibility of us getting above 4 percent growth next year,” he said. Avendaño predicted a growth rate of 3.1 percent for 2013.Furthermore, Nicaragua is going to have to invest much of its economic windfall back into society if it wants to alleviate poverty that still exists. Currently just under half of all Nicaraguans live in poverty. A walk around any Nicaraguan city makes clear that a great inequality of wealth still exists. A 10-minute stroll can take you from a barrio of broken windows, passed-out glue addicts and littered streets to a barrio with U.S.-styled houses, high wire fences and security guards patrolling the perimeters. A survey by Wealth-X, a firm that surveys global wealth, found that 190 “ultra-rich” people (with wealth greater than $30 million) live in Nicaragua, with a combined wealth of $26 billion, the third highest in Central America. So, while there are positive signs of economic progress and a reduction in poverty, the country is going to have to move a lot quicker if it wants to catch up to its Central American neighbors and alleviate the suffering of many of its citizens. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Carnival Cruise Lines introduce airinclusive bookings

first_imgCarnival Cruise Lines have announced today that local cruises can be booked with flights included, as part of their new Carnival CruiseAir packages.The launch of Carnival CruiseAir packages follows an increase in interstate bookings for the popular Sydney-based Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend, as well as the debut of the cruise line’s new fly-cruise options to Singapore and Hawaii.Announcing the move, Carnival Cruise Lines vice president Australia Jennifer Vandekreeke said CruiseAir would make it easy for agents to book cruises and flights from 63 different cities across Australia and New Zealand.“CruiseAir is a one-stop shop which offers a variety of benefits for agents and their clients, with CruiseAir, guests can choose their airline, class and seat, with the system providing agents with side-by-side pricing options for flexible and restricted fares,” Ms Vandekreeke said.CruiseAir also comes with ‘next port’ protection, which means that if there’s a flight delay or service disruption Carnival Cruises will get guests to their next appropriate port of call.“Plus it offers post-cruise protection – so if a cruise is late into port and a guest misses their return flight, we’ll work with the airline to re-book the flight and ensure our guest gets home,” Ms Vandekreeke said.Carnival Cruise Lines is the largest cruise line in the world with over four and a half million guests travelling every year. Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more