OTTAWA — The Canadian Paediatric Society is recommending that everyone under 25 should get confidential access to free birth control.In a position statement released Thursday, the society says access to contraception is a basic human right, and the direct costs of unintended youth pregnancies probably exceed $125 million a year.It says contraception should be funded through provincial, territorial and federal health plans, and that private insurers should cover the full cost of birth control.It also says insurers should be required to protect confidentiality by not reporting contraceptive purchases to the primary policy holder — usually a parent.The society’s paper does not set out a minimum age for access to contraceptives, but a spokesperson pointed to the organization’s “mature minor doctrine,” which refers to rules about treating adolescents who understand the consequences of medical care and can legally consent to it.The paper says unintended pregnancies may derail life plans, especially for young people, and ensuring women can make choices around having children gives them greater control over their bodies and future.“Adolescent parenting is associated with lower lifetime educational achievement, lower income, and increased reliance on social support programs. Apart from the personal costs, unintended pregnancies are a costly burden for Canada’s health and social service systems,” write the paper’s authors, Giuseppina Di Meglio and Elisabeth Yorke.The paper says more than a quarter of youth who do not want to be pregnant do not use contraceptives consistently or at all.And it says because pharmaceutical companies report purchases to the primary policy holder, youths often pay for birth control themselves to preserve confidentiality.In a statement provided to The Canadian Press, Di Meglio says they don’t encourage youth to hide information from their parents, but adds many young people do not feel comfortable and safe speaking with their families about sexual and reproductive health, and the society doesn’t want that to be a barrier to access.“All provinces recognize the legal right of an adolescent to confidential care, provided she or he has the capacity to comprehend and consent to their care (and is over age 14 if living in Quebec). Ensuring confidentiality — when a youth desires it — is critical to providing competent, compassionate care,” she said.The society’s statement notes both the Canadian Medical Association and the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada have proposed that government health-care plans cover the full costs of all contraceptives for all women.The estimated $157-million cost of such a program would far outweigh the $320 million saved in direct medical costs from unintended pregnancies, the pediatric society says.The Canadian Press
TORONTO — BlackBerry says its latest smartphone will arrive in Canadian stores later this month, but it won’t have the support of one of the country’s largest carriers — Rogers.[np_storybar title=”With Cerberus kicking BlackBerry tires, sale process itself weighs on smartphone sales” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/10/02/with-cerberus-kicking-blackberry-tires-sale-process-itself-weighs-on-smartphone-sales/”%5D BlackBerry Ltd. is under the gun to find a buyer as quickly as possible as the embattled technology company concedes the sale process itself is likely scaring away customers.But aside from a tentative offer from Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., no major players have stepped up to confirm their interest in purchasing the Waterloo, Ont.-based company since it put itself up for sale in early August.Continue reading. [/np_storybar]Rogers’ decision not to stock the Z30 touchscreen model, which will become available in Canada on Oct. 15, comes as a surprise since the Toronto-based wireless and cable company was an early adopter of BlackBerry products.Rogers also hosted the Canadian debut of the new generation of BlackBerry phones at its headquarters in February, with BlackBerry chief executive Thorsten Heins and Rogers head Nadir Mohamed posing for photos together.Rogers already stocks BlackBerry’s Z10 touchscreen phone, the Q10 keyboard version and a lower priced Q5 model but isn’t adding the larger Z30, which is roughly the size of a Samsung Galaxy 4.“We believe we can fulfil our customers’ demand for a BlackBerry device with our current lineup,” said Rogers spokeswoman Patricia Trott in an email to The Canadian Press.“We continually evaluate which devices to bring to our customers.”BlackBerry says the BlackBerry Z30 will be stocked by other Canadian carriers like Bell and Telus as well as retailers like Best Buy and Future Shop, starting Oct. 15. Prices will be set by the retailers.The new BlackBerry Z30 was launched in Malaysia in September with little fanfare, shortly before the company announced it would lose nearly $1-billion in the second quarter as it wrote down the value of unsold smartphones and prepared to cut about 4,500 jobs, or 40% of its global workforce.The Z30 comes with a five-inch screen, improved battery life and faster processor than the models released earlier this year. It’s larger than most smartphones, but smaller than the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, which the company recently stopped producing after two years.Earlier this week, BlackBerry filed documents with regulators which showed that sales of its new Blackberry 10 devices have been faltering. The company also said that the launch of its recent strategic review process “may have negatively impacted demand for the company’s products” in its most recent quarter.A potential takeover of BlackBerry has heightened attention on what will happen to the company, with Fairfax Financial, BlackBerry’s biggest shareholder, emerging last week with a preliminary US$4.7-billion takeover offer.BlackBerry shares were down 27 cents to $8.00 in early afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Børge Brende, who was the Former Managing Director of the World Economic Forum and also the Former Minister of Trade and Industry in Norway will meet the Sri Lankan business community and any other interested parties during the ‘Discussion’ which is to be held at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. The Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs is responsible for Norwegian foreign policy, the promotion of Norway’s interests internationally and the work of the Foreign Service, which includes more than 100 Embassies, Permanent Missions/Delegations, and Consulates General. Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende will be in the country during the first week of January, 2016 and will hold high level discussions to find out possible areas of cooperation between Norway and Sri Lanka, including trade and investment opportunities.The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce said that during the visit Brende will take part in a discussion organised by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and the Norwegian Embassy in Sri Lanka on the 07th January, 2016 at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Auditorium. The visit comes following an interest shown by Norwegians to invest in Sri Lanka, which was expressed at the recently held Sri Lanka – Norway Business Forum in Colombo.Trade between Sri Lanka and Norway during the year 2014 has accounted for a just a paltry US$ 30 million, which has been the figures in the previous years as well. (Colombo Gazette)
Video of press conference [55mins] “It is going to take lots of work,” he told a news briefing after laying before the General Assembly his proposals, ranging from greater investment in developing countries to steps to fight catastrophic terrorism and collective action against genocide and ethnic cleansing – elements he wants approved as a package and not by picking and choosing “a la carte.”The recommendations were contained in a 62-page report entitled, “In Larger Freedom: towards development, security and human rights for all.””Lots of work here in this building, with the Permanent Representatives; lots of work with capitals, with the Heads of State and government; lots of work by certain envoys that I hope to send out; lots of work by some members of the Panel that I would also want to use; and I will be on the phone also, quite a lot,” he said, referring to the high-level panel of experts he appointed in 2003 who came up with some of the reforms.Mr. Annan had been asked about the difficulties he faced in getting 191 countries to basically put aside their national interests and say that it is far more important to sign on to the package, even if they vehemently dislike certain provisions.”I believe that, as difficult as it is, the Member States – the majority of the Member States – will come to conclude that what is on the table, what is proposed, is in their long-term interest and go along with it,” he added, noting at one point that this included the United States.The Secretary-General began the briefing with a statement stressing the urgency of taking action in the three-fold area of development, security and human rights, as well changing the structure of the UN itself “if we are to make the most of our opportunities in the next 10 years, and save many millions of people from death and disaster.”For instance, if governments take the decisions I’m suggesting in this report, I believe we have a much better chance of turning the tide against HIV/AIDS and malaria in the next 10 years; a much better chance of containing the spread of any new infectious diseases, whether natural or man-made; a much better chance of averting an attack by terrorists using nuclear or radiological weapons,” he declared.”A much better chance of preventing countries like Haiti, Afghanistan and Sierra Leone from sliding back into chaos or crisis; a much better chance of reaching a common understanding on how to deal with recalcitrant regimes like that of Saddam Hussein; and a United Nations that is much better able to take effective action – through a strengthened Security Council and a new, authoritative Human Rights Council, both working closely with regional organizations – to put a stop to major crimes against innocent people, such as those we are witnessing in Darfur,” he added, referring to several world hot spots.Mr. Annan was asked what he would say to the people in the United States to try to convince them to get behind the reform package when they had been disappointed with the UN over the past couple of years.”I think that the argument that comes through the report is very clear: that we live in an interconnected world, in a world where we face many challenges, many threats – threats that no one country, however powerful, can face alone – and that we need to work together to contain these threats, whether it is terrorism, non-proliferation or environmental degradation and poverty that leads to failed States,” he replied.”So I think the collective effort of all of us working together is in the national interest of individual Member States. I think that an effective and functioning United Nations is in the interests of the United States and its people, as it is in the interest of other nations and their peoples.”
“Today we have the golden opportunity to strengthen national and international efforts to promote chemicals safety by linking them all together into a coherent whole,” UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Klaus Toepfer told the opening session yesterday of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). “The production and use of chemicals will continue to grow over the coming decades,” continued Mr. Toepfer, whose agency provides the SAICM secretariat. “This new Strategic Approach will save lives and reduce environmental impact,” he added, noting that they will also focus on capacity building, technology transfer and improved chemicals management. The meeting will give governments and other participants an opportunity to discuss the measures they will take to attain the goal of minimizing significant adverse impact of chemicals by 2020. Chemical sales worldwide are valued about 3.75 per cent of global GDP, or $1.5 trillion dollars. Their production and use can pose a major challenge to governments trying to monitor the more than 70,000 chemicals in existence.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 10, 2012 4:28 pm MDT Canadian dollar, commodities lower as Chinese trade growth tumbles TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed lower Tuesday as prices for oil and metals slid in the wake of disappointing trade data from China.The loonie was down 0.32 of a cent to 97.79 cents US as weak U.S. and European demand sent China’s trade growth down sharply in June.Import growth fell by half from May’s level to 6.3 per cent, as factories facing weak foreign orders cut purchases of raw materials and domestic demand softened despite stimulus efforts. Export growth declined to 11.3 per cent from May’s 15.3 per cent.Growth in the world’s second-largest economy has tumbled to its lowest level since the 2008 global crisis due to anemic export demand and government efforts to cool overheating and inflation. That is bad news for companies and investors that were looking to relatively strong Chinese growth to shore up global demand as the United States and Europe struggle.Strong Chinese demand for commodities has boosted prices for crude and copper. But crude has fallen from US$106 in May, copper has tumbled 10.7 per cent and the TSX has fallen almost six per cent in two and a half months. The Toronto market is down about 2.7 per cent year to date.Commodity prices were mainly lower following the release of the Chinese data with the August crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down $2.08 to US$83.91 as barrel. Crude prices also fell after Norway intervened to halt a labour dispute that threatened its North Sea production.August copper was down three cents at US$3.40 pound while bullion faded $9.30 to US$1,579.80 an ounce.Traders also took in data showing a rise in housing starts during June.Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said starts rose to a seasonally adjusted rate of 222,700, up sharply from 217,400 in May.CMHC said the rise was mainly attributable to multiple urban starts in Quebec and British Columbia.“Today’s data suggest homebuilding could be a contributor to growth in the second quarter,” said CIBC World Markets economist Emanuella Enenajor.“And the current low rate environment is continuing to support already elevated housing construction activity, namely in the condo/multi-family segment.”Overseas, eurozone finance ministers have agreed the terms for Spain’s bank bailout, with up to €24.4 billion being made available by the end of the month. Representatives from the 27 European Union countries are expected to agree later Tuesday to grant an extension on Spain’s program of deficit cuts until 2014. The interest rate, or yield, on Spain’s 10-year bond dropped from a high Monday of 7.03 per cent to 6.86 per cent in morning trade.Meanwhile, Germany’s constitutional court is to hear arguments on the legality of one of the bailout funds later Tuesday.
So far this year, Cameroon has forcefully returned over 2,600 refugees back to Nigerian border villages against their will, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). “UNHCR is particularly concerned as these forced returns have continued unabated after the governments of Nigeria and Cameroon signed a tripartite agreement with UNHCR in Yaoundé on 2 March,” UNHCR Spokesperson Babar Baloch told reporters at the UN’s Geneva Office. The forced return of asylum-seekers and refugees is known as refoulement, or forced return, and constitutes a serious violation of the 1951 Refugee Convention and the 1969 OAU Convention, both of which Cameroon has ratified. While acknowledging the generosity of its Government and local communities that host over 85,000 Nigerian refugees, UNHCR calls on Cameroon to honour to its obligations under international and regional refugee protection instruments, as well as Cameroonian law. Insecurity persists in parts of north-eastern Nigeria, and access to basic services remains limited. Most returning refugees find themselves in situations of internal displacement upon return and are unable to return to their places of origin. Inside Nigeria, UNHCR teams have heard and documented accounts about Cameroonian troops returning refugees against their will – without allowing them time to collect their belongings.Amid the chaos, some families were separated and some women were forced to leave their young children behind in Cameroon, including a child less than three years old. While recognizing the legitimate national security concerns of the Cameroon Government, UNHCR reminds authorities that refugees are themselves fleeing violence and attacks from Boko Haram and that their access to asylum and protection must be ensured.
Former Ohio State All-American cornerback Malcolm Jenkins is in the same boat as every other NFL player: locked out of football. With time on his hands, Jenkins might get his creative juices flowing. “I was up at Ohio State’s practice, lobbying to get a coaching job,” Jenkins said. “Either coaching or I’ve been watching a lot of HGTV. I might try to get into some interior designing or something.” Locked out for more than a month, the NFL and the NFL Players Association have yet to reach an agreement on collective bargaining. “Every player is enjoying the time off,” Jenkins said, “not having as many responsibilities as far as mandatory workouts, to be able to take some time off and be with family, stuff like that.” Jenkins, who plays for the New Orleans Saints, said the urge to get back to his usual spring schedule is starting to grow. “Guys are wanting to get together and do our own workouts together, just get back to football,” Jenkins said. “Guys are starting to itch and want to get back on the field.” If the NFL lockout does not end and Jenkins can’t find a different job, he said he will be able to survive without a paycheck for a while, though he fears that some won’t be as financially comfortable. “We’ve known about this for two years now,” Jenkins said. “Me personally, I’ve prepared for it. But I know for a fact that there are some guys who may not have saved like they needed to. “It will impact some guys, but hopefully over the last few years, guys have followed the plan and been smart with their money.” Something players might not be prepared for is human growth hormone testing, which NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says must be part of the new collective bargaining agreement. The test, which would require blood to be drawn, has received criticism, both positive and negative, from the NFL players and their union. Jenkins said he wasn’t sure what was involved in HGH testing but that he can understand why some players are against it. “I talked to someone yesterday who said they had to take blood,” he said. “When you do that, you get tired. If you get a surprise HGH test on a Friday and you’ve got to play on a Sunday, that can have some effect on your performance.” Jenkins said he doesn’t think HGH is a problem in the NFL. “I don’t think our league is played with that,” he said. “I don’t see (HGH testing as) necessary.” Jenkins said he thinks there will be football but that he doesn’t know if it will be in time for teams to prepare the way they normally do. “Depending on how long this thing goes, if you miss the whole offseason, from a teaching and learning standpoint, young players don’t get as much time as they usually have,” Jenkins said. “We’re really going to have to go back to the basics because there’s no spring ball or (anything) like that. “Rookie players, the chances of them making it shrinks. They have less time to make that learning curve.” Although no one is sure of a time frame for players to get back to work, Jenkins said he’s confident that it is a matter of when football starts rather than if it starts. “There’s a good chance for football,” he said. “I think there’s going to be football.”
A dog walker has had part of his finger bitten off by a wild boar in the Forest of Dean when he stumbled across it as he walked in woodland near his homeThe rogue male boar attacked Clive Lilley, 51, at Viney Hill, near Lydney, Gloucestershire just before dawn last Wednesday morning.Mr Lilley said the boar bit off the underside of his finger but left the nail intact.”They told me it should grow back around although there will be a scar,” he said. “Fortunately I was wearing tight fitting elasticated gloves which absorbed much of the impact.”I walk my dogs in the woods every day and I have seen boar hundreds of times but never had any trouble with them before.”This one showed no interest in my dog, only me. The dog was a little way up the track at the time.”When I reported the incident to the Forestry Commission they said a woman had been knocked over by a boar at the same spot about half an hour before I was attacked.” About 1,200 boar currently roam the forest and in recent years have become more tolerant of human interest. While in the past they would disappear into the woods at the sight of people, many now continue foraging for food even while walkers are standing close by taking photos.The boar population reached a peak of about 1,500 last year but the Forestry Commission has been culling the animals to keep the numbers under control.One was spotted roaming Gloucester city centre last summer and the council has warned locals not to leave their bins out overnight because the boar had learned to tip them over. A Forestry Commission spokesman said they were aware of the incident involving Mr Lilley and added “We would like to remind woodland users that feral wild boar can be unpredictable, particularly when they have young close by.”We would also like to remind people not to feed the boar. They can quickly learn to associate people with food and may then seek food from walkers. They are well adapted to living in the Forest and have no need of supplementary food at any time of year.”We are trying to bring the population down to a more manageable level of 400.”Dog walkers should put their dogs on leads the moment they see a boar. Keep to a safe distance from them.”
“It was a question of de-risking our business and tourism and hospitality is one of the strongest growing sectors in the Scottish economy, which has been assisted by the fact that sterling has weakened appreciably in the last 18 months.” Broomhall House, home of the Earl of Elgin A sword owned by King Robert the Bruce will be put on public display next week for the first time in living memory. The 14th century weapon is thought to have been used by the medieval king who secured Scotland’s independence from England, although it is not known if it was wielded in battle.It was later kept at Clackmannan Tower, where it was used by his descendent Katherine Bruce to unofficially “knight” Robert Burns in August 1787, and since 1791 has been at Broomhall House, ancestral home of the Earls of Elgin.The sword and other family artefacts will be the highlight of a new exhibition at Bonhams in Edinburgh aiming to promote the stately home in Fife, which has been opened to visitors for the first time in 300 years.Broomhall is still the home of the 11th Earl of Elgin, but has been renovated and restored as part of a plan to diversify the estate.Lord Bruce, the earl’s son, and a firm Remain supporter, said Brexit was not the reason for the changes, but admitted the potential loss of EU agricultural subsidies had been considered.He added: “The idea was to find other uses for the house that can help cover the cost of running it. We felt that we were too focussed on farming and the farming industry and felt we had to find other uses for our assets. Lord Bruce said the house was opened to corporate and tourism events after the family completed a branding exercise to come up with a story “based around the fact that the family has been here so long and our story is so inextricably woven with the history of Scotland”.“I certainly voted to remain in Europe, I’m married to a trade economist and that was certainly her advice,” he told the Daily Telegraph.The two-handed sword will be the highlight of the Treasures from Broomhall House event, along with tartan suits, silver and paintings, ahead of the auction house’s “Scottish Week”.Lord Bruce said the sword was a gift from David II, the son of King Robert, whose marriages did not produce an heir. He added: “Realising that the Bruce dynasty would come to an end, he presented his father’s sword to his first cousin Thomas Bruce of Clackmannan.”This sword is in extraordinarily good condition and doesn’t appear to carry much evidence of being used in battle, but it could easily have been.”Also on show will be a suit in the Bruce Tartan from around 1760 and a silver casket from Rangoon, dated 1898, that was given to Victor Bruce, 9th Earl of Elgin as Viceroy & Governor General of India. 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.
While Australia’s national resources sector grapples with the ongoing mining and petroleum tax row and issues, the state of Victoria’s future direction in tapping its mining and energy potential will be under the spotlight next week. Melbourne will play host to its third annual resources conference when the 2010 Paydirt Resources Victoria Conference is held at Melbourne’s Hilton-on-the-Park from Monday July 12 – Wednesday July 14 (the third day is a technical day). The conference has attracted 200 delegates and will be officially opened by Victoria’s Minister for Energy and Resources, the Honourable Peter Batchelor.Delegates include mining and exploration executives, bankers and brokers, industry analysts, engineers, geologists, mining services and equipment suppliers, and heritage and community relations specialists.Session One Chair: Rod Hanson, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Bendigo Mining Ltd 09:00 Welcome: Bill Repard, Executive Chairman, Paydirt Media Pty Ltd (5)09:05 Hon Peter Batchelor, Minister for Energy and Resources, Victorian State Government, “The future of Victorian resources – sustainable development” (25)09:30 Gary Comb, Managing Director, Jabiru Metals Ltd, “Discovering and developing low cost, long life metal mines” (20)09:50 Nicholas Garling, Chairman/Managing Director, Morning Star Gold NL, “Gold production returns at Woods Point” (20)10:10 Questions (5)10:15 Morning tea, sponsored by ExxonMobil Australia Group (40)Session Two Chair: Mathew Longworth, Managing Director, Heron Resources Ltd10:55 Chris Fraser, Executive Director, Minerals Council of Australia – Victorian Division, “How do you rate Victoria?” (20)11:15 Craig Haymes, Production Operations Manager, ExxonMobil Australia Group, “Leading the way towards nobody gets hurt: ExxonMobil’s commitment to safety” (20)11:35 Rod Hanson, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Bendigo Mining Ltd, “Exploring for growth” (20)11:55 Questions (5)12:00 Lunch (80)Session Three Chair: Hugh Wallace-Smith, Manager – Geelong, Bell Potter Securities Ltd13:20 Dr. Richard Aldous, Deputy Secretary – Energy and Earth Resources, Department of Primary Industries Victoria, “Victoria: achievements, projects and performance” (25)13:45 Steve Wickham, General Manager – Eastern and Western Operations, Iluka Resources Ltd, “Presentation by Steve Wickham” (20)14:05 Paul Kilgour, General Manager – NSW and Victoria, BIS Industrial Logistics, “Strength through partnership” (20)14:25 Questions (5)14:30 Afternoon tea, sponsored by Iluka Resources Ltd (40)Session Four Chair: Dr. Michael Hollitt, Executive Director – Earth Resources, Department of Primary Industries Victoria 15:10 Neil Doyle, Director, Oil Basins Ltd, “Investor update” (20)15:30 Andrew Shearer, Resources Analyst, Austock Securities Ltd (20)15:50 Dr. Graeme Beardsmore, Technical Director, Hot Dry Rocks Pty Ltd, “HDR Victoria: world leading geothermal energy advice and services” (20)16:10 Rick Watsford, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Range River Gold Ltd, “Range River Gold – turning good prospects into gold” (20)16:30 Questions (5)16:35 Cocktail function to be held in the exhibition area* This programme is subject to change Program Day Two Tuesday 13 July 201009:00 Arrival tea, coffee and registrationSession Five Chair: Gary Comb, Managing Director, Jabiru Metals Ltd 09:30 Paul McDonald, Acting Director – GeoScience Victoria, Department of Primary Industries Victoria, “Realise Victoria’s potential” (25)09:55 Tony Farnham, Economist, Patersons Securities Ltd, “The Australian mining sector: the golden goose finds MRRT egg in nest” (20)10:15 Mark Miller, Managing Director, Greenearth Energy Ltd, “Geelong geothermal power project, July 2010” (20)10:35 Questions (5)10:40 Morning tea, sponsored by ExxonMobil Australia Group (40)Session Six Chair: Michael Cairnduff, General Manager, Paydirt Media Pty Ltd11:20 Damian Dwyer, Director – Energy Markets and Climate Change, Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association, “The role of natural gas in a cleaner energy future” (20)11:40 Mathew Longworth, Managing Director, Heron Resources Ltd, “Evaluating the A1 gold mine” (20)12:00 Charlie Spiers, Director, Clean Coal Victoria, “Clean Coal, the journey continues” (20)12:20 Questions (5)12:25 Lunch (80)Session Seven Chair: Paul Kilgour, General Manager – NSW and Victoria, BIS Industrial Logistics 13:45 Andrew Adams, Managing Director, Bass Strait Oil Company Ltd, “Exploration update” (20)14:05 Hugh Wallace-Smith, Manager – Geelong, Bell Potter Securities Ltd, “Relating exploration success to share market movements using Victoria as an example” (20)14:25 Carolyn Vigar, Special Counsel – Commercial and Regulatory, Minter Ellison Lawyers, “Coexistence of resource entitlements” (20)14:45 Dr. Jessie Davey, Principal Geologist, Manager 3D-GEOthermal, 3D-GEO Pty Ltd, “Validating geothermal resource models” (20)15:05 Questions (5)15:10 Afternoon tea, sponsored by Bass Strait Oil Company Ltd (40)Session Eight15:50 Panel Session: Andrew Shearer (Convenor); Dr. Michael Hollitt, Department of Primary Industries Victoria; Chris Fraser, Minerals Council of Australia; Craig Haymes, ExxonMobil Australia Group; Gary Comb, Jabiru Metals Ltd; Nicholas Garling, Morning Star Gold NL (40)
Up till now, Windows Phone devices have been the exclusive domain of Qualcomm. Its Snapdragon processors power the lot, but that’s not going to be true with Nokia’s next-generation Windows Phones. The company has finally announced that it’ll be using ST-Ericsson’s NovaThor chips.NovaThor was officially announced back in February 2011, and in May STMicroelectonics’ Carlo Bozotti let it slip that NovaThor would be used in some of Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 devices. The name is actually a pairing of two ST-Ericsson products, the Nova application processor (currently based on the ARM Coretex A15 and A9 architectures) and Thor modems (which offer support for both HSPA+ and LTE).ST-Ericsson’s chips should allow Nokia to build some very powerful Windows Phone devices, with maximum clock speeds of the dual-core 32nm Nova A9540 reaching up to 1.8GHz and the 28nm A9600 hitting 2.5GHz. The newest batch of NovaThor chips also sports a beefed-up PowerVR Rogue GPU that reportedly “moves the goalposts” in terms of mobile graphics power and efficiency.Neither Nokia nor ST-Ericsson have revealed any details about upcoming NovaThor devices, but maybe we’ll see Stephen Elop whip one out at another presentation to his staff. It’ll also be interesting to see if other companies are able to jump the Qualcomm ship now that the NovaThor is known to be powering some Windows Phone devices. But then again, maybe this is one of the many benefits Nokia is going to reap as a result of its landmark deal with Microsoft back in February.More at Engadget and ST-Ericsson
Microsoft’s latest blog post about Windows RT offers several interesting new bits of information about what went in to developing the first truly integrated software-plus-hardware Windows experience. In addition to listing off the first round of hardware partners — Asus, Dell, Lenovo, and Samsung — Microsoft also dives into some specifics about firmware optimizations and graphics performance. Something else revealed in the post: a range of dimensions for the initial Windows RT devices.On the slim side of the scale, Microsoft says one of the RT device measures just 8.35mm thick and weighs just 520 grams. That’s half a millimeter slimmer than the iPad 2 and almost 100 grams lighter. Yes, the iPad 2 is a generation older and new devices generally tend to be slimmer and lighter, but keep in mind that the new iPad is actually both thicker and heavier then the second generation model.The specifications also mention screen sizes of 10.1 and 11.6 inches and batteries that range from 25 to 42 Whr — which are good for anywhere from 8 to 13 hours of HD video playback and a whopping 320 to 400 hours while under Windows 8’s new connected standby state.Touchscreen responsiveness should also be top-notch, thanks to a single-chip controller that’s more efficient and samples at a rate of 100Hz. The optimizations aren’t all tablet-oriented, either. Microsoft also collaborated with touchpad manufacturers to ensure that laptop users will enjoy the same ultra-smooth Windows RT experience. And all these new devices will easily pump out UI animations at 60FPS thanks to the innumerable optimizations made to the operating system’s graphics core.Whether all the tweaking — and lighter weight and slimmer profile — are enough to lure shoppers away from the iPad remains to be seen, and there’s still the issue of price. Microsoft still hasn’t announced an SRP for the Surface, and it’s likely other manufacturers will remain tight-lipped until word comes out of Redmond, too.More at MSDN
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 05 Jan 2015 – (via the Bahamas Information Services) – The Cabinet wishes to announce for public information the following:Sunday 10 January is Majority Rule Day, marking the 49th Anniversary of the first government which the majority of the country elected on a one man one vote basis. To mark this occasion the holiday will be celebrated on Monday 11th January.On Saturday 9th January at 7 pm in Rawson Square, there will be a free live concert of the music of Freddie Munnings Sr., the late owner of the Cat and the Fiddle night club, featuring his songs about the city of Nassau, under the direction of Fred Ferguson. Mr. Munnings, the late owner of the famous Cat and the Fiddle Nightclub, was one of the champions of the fight for Majority Rule through his activism, his money and his music. The Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling and the Prime Minister Rt. Hon Perry Christie MP are expected to attendThen on Sunday 10th January, there will be a ceremony marking the day with the laying of a wreath at the tomb of the late Sir Lynden Pindling by the Governor General in St. Agnes Cemetery on Nassau Street.Both events are free and open to the public.Each month over the next year there will be a special event dedicated to the commemoration of Majority Rule Day leading up to a grand event to mark the 50th year in 2017. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:cat and the fiddle, majority rule day Majority Rule Day Holiday in Bahamas today
Smoke is spreading over a large area of the state, as wildfire activity grows. There were 56 new wildfires Monday statewide, and 238 active, mostly in interior and southwest Alaska.Listen now:One of the top priority blazes in the interior is the Rex Complex Fire, burning off the Parks Highway north and south of Anderson. Alaska Interagency Coordination Center public information officer Timothy Evans says the complex consists of two fires: the over 4,000-acre Fish Creek blaze, north of Anderson, and the much larger Kobe Fire to the southwest.Evans says firefighters focus is on structure protection, adding that some homes have already been lost.Meanwhile, Evans says two fires north of Fairbanks, off the Elliot Highway prompted evacuations in the Eureka area, while another blaze far to the west, threatens the Yukon River village of Nulato.The fire spotted into Nulato yesterday, but Evans says fire fighters were able to save the community.Numerous other interior blazes continue to crop up daily, primarily due to lightning. Those close to structures are getting responses, while others burning unchecked in remote country send smoke into populated areas. The 13 thousand acre Blair Fire, 40 miles south of Fairbanks is blamed for a dense haze that blankets the city. With so many wildfires raging, Division of Forestry spokesman Jim Schwarber says the response is getting more complex.So far this season, just under 500 wildfires have burned 324,000 acres, an early season total Schwarber describes as relatively modest.National Weather Service meteorologist Don Aycock says fire conducive weather is forecast to continue this week, and smoke is expected be an issue for several days.Aycock says some weather anticipated for later in the week could help the situation, and that weather systems could bring rain to the eastern Alaska Range and interior, but its unclear if that will extend west to Fairbanks.
By Susan Haigh, The Associated PressA detailed account of African-American life in the Northeast during World War II, carefully preserved in the basement of the Connecticut State Library, has been uploaded for a new, modern readership.Hunched over a lighted magnifying machine, Christine Gauvreau spent months scrolling through reels of microfilm of Black-owned and operated Connecticut newspapers, preparing them to be digitized. They’re some of the latest entrants in the Chronicling America project, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress to create a national digital database of historically significant U.S. newspapers published between 1690 and 1963.This Nov. 29, 2018 photo shows an original April 23, 1949 copy of the New England Bulletin, Black-owned and operated weekly newspaper in Hartford, Conn. Old microfilm of this and other incarnations of the newspaper are being digitized so they can be available online as part of the United States Newspaper Program. (AP Photo/Susan Haigh)“It’s really a document from the very early civil rights movement in Hartford,” said Gauvreau, who recently finished archiving old issues of the now-defunct Connecticut Chronicle, Hartford Chronicle, Hartford-Springfield Chronicle and New England Bulletin, a family of Black-owned and operated newspapers that began in 1940 and operated consecutively for about a decade.Connecticut’s latest additions to Chronicling America mark the first African-American newspapers added to the project from a Northeast state.The four Connecticut-based weekly newspapers upheld a “crusade tradition” of journalism, Gauvreau said. They pushed for the hiring of Hartford’s first Black firefighters and Black bus drivers; advocated for a law barring racial bias in the National Guard; and exposed substandard housing, inferior quality goods and high prices in Harford’s North End neighborhood. In an April 23, 1949 article, the New England Bulletin criticized the “vacillating stand” taken by Connecticut’s State Board of Education, which agreed to allow public high school field trips to “jimcro” Washington D.C. “even though Negro students are segregated” at certain hotels.In a front page editorial published in May 14, 1949, readers were urged to write to the State Board of Education ask members to “STOP PASSING THE BUCK” and prove “beyond a shadow of a doubt that the board is very much against segregation.” The editorial said the New England Bulletin was taking a stand and criticizing the board for allowing the trips because the decision was “contradictory to the forward-looking policies of the state with regard to any kind of racial injustice.”An Oct. 5, 1946 column by James E. Shankel, editor of the Hartford Chronicle at the time, wrote about “bare-faced racial discrimination” in Connecticut. He noted a member of a New Haven church had come across a letter from an East Haddam developer advertising lakefront lots for sale and how “this summer colony is restricted to the Caucasian race.”“Obviously, this advertising letter form was never intended to fall into the hands of prospective Negro buyers,” Shankel wrote.Other pages of the newspapers provide a window into the culture of the time. Articles cover everything from an Easter sermon at Mount Calvary Baptist Church to performances by musical greats. One advertisement announces a scheduled performance by iconic jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald at the State Theater in Hartford. Written by correspondents stationed throughout the state and region, many articles chronicle the accomplishments of Black residents. One headline announces “City’s Only Army Nurse Returns,” a reference to a Black nurse from Hartford who was honorably discharged from the Army Nursing Corps.“They wanted to tell the story about what was happening in Black Hartford. They also wanted to highlight issues of discrimination. They wanted to celebrate Black achievement at the same time,” said historian and Professor Stacey K. Close, the associate provost and vice president of equity and diversity at Eastern Connecticut State University. “During World War II, there was a push to improve the employment of African-Americans in terms of the city and the state. And this newspaper took up the challenge.”There was also an effort by the newspapers to make the readers aware of what was happening elsewhere, especially in the southern states where many still had family members.“They also made sure that young people knew what was going on in the rest of the country,” Close said.He added “there was an urgency” to what the newspapers were doing.“They were trying to push the city to do better than they had done in the past,” he said. “They were an organization and a paper pushing for social, economic and political change.”
Kolkata: A fire broke out at the Big Bazar in Sealdah on Thursday morning triggering tension among the staff members and customers. No casualty or injury has been reported in the incident so far.Some of the employees spotted smoke billowing out of the first floor of the four-storeyed shopping complex at around 10.20 am. The security personnel of the shopping mall swung into action and tried to douse the flames with the fire fighting system available at the building. A thick black smoke soon covered the entire floor. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe shopping mall was opened at around 10 am and some customers had also started pouring in when the incident took place. The security men tried to bring the situation under control but they failed to control the spread of the smoke to the other floors. There were, however, less number of customers in the morning hours, who were eventually safely removed from the area. The electricity connection was immediately put off following the incident. After being informed, 4 fire tenders were pressed into action. The firemen faced difficulties to reach the source of the fire as the entire first floor was filled with smoke. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThey broke the glasses on the first floor to release the smoke. Senior police officers also reached the spot and cordoned off the entire area. The other floors of the building were soon evacuated to avert any untoward incident. According to preliminary investigation, the fire officials suspect that an electrical short circuit in the AC machine might have caused the fire. An eyewitness said there were electrical sparks from an AC machine situated at the Women and Child section of the shopping mall.
Source = Kath Rose & Associates Brisbane’s Emporium Hotel has bookended the week with two major wins as the country’s leader in deluxe boutique accommodation. Last Friday evening the independently owned, internationally acclaimed hotel was crowned – for the fourth time – Best Boutique Hotel in Australia, at the prestigious Hospitality Management (HM) Awards for Excellence in Sydney; and last night the title of Best Deluxe Hotel, 5 Star+ was won at the 2012 Queensland Hotels Association Awards for Excellence. At the Queensland industry’s night of nights, Emporium Hotel triumphed over some of the best Deluxe Hotel offers in the state including Sheraton Mirage, Sofitel Brisbane, Hilton Cairns and Spicers Clovelly. Last Sunday evening finalists against the Emporium Hotel included Sydney’s The Establishment, Henry Jones Art Hotel, Spicers Balfour, The Observatory and Diamant Canberra among others. Emporium Hotel General Manager, Peter Savoff, pointed directly to his team for the week of wins. “What a week for the Emporium Hotel and for Brisbane! Being acknowledged as the best boutique hotel in Australia and the best deluxe accommodation in Queensland in the one week is extraordinary. I pay full tribute to our incredible team of passionate professionals, a team I am privileged to work with every day, in achieving these Awards; and of course to the owners the Anthony John Group and Tony and Fran John who conceived and designed this great place,” he said. “We also acknowledge our fellow finalists and the way they have set and exceeded the bar for service, design and luxury – something we all aim for. In this sector of tourism, Australia is being reignited a leading light and it is an exciting time for us all.”The Queensland Hotels Association award joins a raft of others on the hotel’s manetlepiece; however Savoff remains focused as always on guest satisfaction. “The greatest barometer of our success will always remain with our guests,” he said. The awards come in a week when the hotel announced a new package for the leisure market – the Lexus Lazy Afternoon package – with indulgence as its muse, Queensland’s stunning Great South East as the canvas, and Spring as the inspiration. The package combines the hotel with the driving experience of the latest, stunning Lexus IS 250C convertible, allowing guests to escape on the open road to one of South East Queensland’s picturesque locations for an indulgent picnic like no other. Since opening its intricately designed doors in June 2007, the hotel has dominated industry and travel awards, being named one of the world’s best new hotels in the International Conde Nast Travellers Hotlist and taking out titles at the Queensland Tourism Awards, the Queensland and Australian Hotels Association Awards, the HM Awards for Excellence, two Gourmet Traveller Awards, and more.Everything about the Emporium Hotel is designed to pamper. Hidden in the hotel lobby is a stunning Cocktail Bar incorporating a fusion of vintage and custom-designed pieces matched by an eclectic Cocktail Menu. There are also a stunning range of exquisite experiences guests can order through Concierge, from massages to shopping, dining and more. Located in the heart of Brisbane’s stylish Emporium precinct – a haven for lovers of fashion and food – the Hotel is just minutes from the Brisbane CBD and close to the Brisbane Cruise Terminal, airports and arterials.
Economy, Housing Continuing on Slow Track to ‘Normal’ Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Fannie Mae Home Prices Home Sales Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Processing Purchase Loans Refinance Service Providers 2013-06-13 Tory Barringer June 13, 2013 485 Views Share While fiscal headwinds have held back economic growth for the first half of 2013, “”Fannie Mae’s””:http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/index.html Economic & Strategic Research Group maintains in its newest Economic and Housing Outlook that the recovery should pick up the pace as it heads into the year’s second half.[IMAGE]Based on data for Q1 and predicted numbers for Q2, Fannie Mae expects gross domestic product (GDP) to grow at an average 1.8 percent for the first half of the year (2.4 percent growth for the first quarter and 1.2 percent for the second). As fiscal drags wane, however, growth “”should [COLUMN_BREAK]continue to move in the positive direction amid an ongoing recovery in housing, rising household wealth, and expanded energy production.””””At the outset of the year, “”we forecasted””:https://themreport.com/articles/fannie-mae-slow-pace-of-recovery-new-normal-2013-01-24 that 2013 would witness sustainable but below-par growth as the economy begins its transition to more normal levels. Halfway through the year, our view is little changed,”” said Doug Duncan, chief economist for Fannie Mae. “”We expect approximately 2.1 percent growth over the course of 2013, up from the anemic pace of 1.7 percent in 2012. This is consistent with the incremental improvement seen over the past few years but still below the economy’s potential.””GDP growth is expected to push past 2.5 percent in 2014, “”boosted largely by tailwinds from the strengthening housing market,”” Duncan added.As far as housing goes, recent indicators (such as home prices, home sales, and homebuilding activity) show signs of a long-term improvement toward normal levels, Fannie Mae said. In addition, while rising mortgage rates have impacted originations, “”affordability conditions remain high and [rates] should not present a significant obstacle to potential homebuyers.”” in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing
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