Performance Audit Report Released

first_imgAuditor General Michael Pickup issued a special performance audit report today, Jan. 15. The report contains the findings from his audit work at the Department of Internal Services related to the April 2018 privacy breach of the freedom of information access website that resulted in the inappropriate disclosure of personal information. The purpose of this performance audit was to assess the implementation of the province’s new website and supporting system to handle freedom of information requests. The auditor general found significant weaknesses in the risk management and project management processes used to implement and test the new website and supporting software, leading to the eventual privacy breach and inappropriate disclosure of personal information. Risk management processes were inadequate, with many basic steps not completed. Despite many warning signs, including the fact Nova Scotia was to be the first jurisdiction in the world to implement the new website and software together, the department considered the entire project low risk. This helped lead to many relatively obvious and potentially unacceptable risks not being identified or addressed. In addition, the overall project management was poor, with many key steps incomplete and key contract components not documented. “The April privacy breach is a very clear example of what can happen when government does not protect the personal information entrusted to it by the people of Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Pickup. “The inappropriate disclosure of personal information is actually not surprising given the extent of the failures found during our audit.” The report contains five recommendations which have all been accepted by government. The full report, along with a short summary and highlight video containing five questions that Nova Scotians may want to ask government in the days and months ahead to ensure sustainable improvements occur at the Department of Internal Services, is available at http://www.oag-ns.ca. The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner also released a separate investigation report on this topic today. It can be found at https://oipc.novascotia.ca/.last_img read more

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Companies to appear before panel today in public inquiry into BC gas

first_imgVANCOUVER — Four oil and gas companies are expected to answer questions today about how they use the Trans Mountain pipeline, how refinery closures affect their prices and other factors that could contribute to British Columbia’s volatile prices at the pump.A three-member panel, chaired by B.C. Utilities Commission CEO David Morton, will listen to up to four days of oral hearings in Vancouver as part of a public inquiry into the high price of gasoline and diesel in the province.Parkland Fuels, Shell, Imperial Oil and Suncor are scheduled to give opening remarks and answer questions from the panel this afternoon.In the morning, those firms and other interveners will have an opportunity to question Deetken Group, a consulting firm that prepared a report for the inquiry identifying possible reasons for the fuel price spikes.Deetken found land values and credit card fees have likely contributed to higher retail margins, while transportation and regulatory costs could be part of the reason wholesale gasoline margins are higher in British Columbia but they don’t tell the whole story.Premier John Horgan called the public inquiry in May as gasoline prices at the pump reached a record-breaking $1.70 per litre.At the time, the B.C. Liberals and Alberta government bought advertising blaming Horgan and linking his government’s resistance to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion for the surging costs.The National Energy Board will also appear before the panel.The inquiry will conclude with a final report by the panel due Aug. 30.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Online ads spoil Christmas surprises raising privacy concerns experts

first_imgFollow @abresge on Twitter.Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press EDMONTON – Lisa Clyburn knew she had found the perfect gift for her nine-year-old son: a feline-themed logic game that would appeal to his passion for cards and cats.But when the Edmonton child psychologist pulled out her phone to show her son a funny cat video on Facebook, she fears she may have inadvertently tipped him off to the Christmas Day surprise after an ad for the present she had just ordered online popped up in her feed, catching the boy’s eye.“It wouldn’t have been on his radar had he not seen it,” Clyburn said with a sigh. “I wanted it to blow his mind that mom found this cool game that I knew that he would like.”Clyburn is one of a number of social media users who say they’ve been burned by online advertisements spoiling romantic getaways, season tickets and even an engagement ring, with some internet shoppers taking precautions such as searching for decoy gifts in order to throw their loved ones off the scent this holiday season.But experts say it’s not only surprises that are at risk of being exposed as tech companies and retailers develop increasingly sophisticated tools to target users with online advertisements.University of Toronto marketing professor David Soberman said the practice of collecting information about consumers in order to target them with ads is about as old as the industry itself. But the online age has provided companies with a trove of personal information that allows them to target consumers with a degree of precision that can at times feel unsettling.Soberman said companies build consumer profiles by tracking their online movements linked to an IP address, a unique identifier for each computer using the internet, and through cookies, which are tiny text files that allow websites to log a user’s visits and activity. Advertisers can also use data that people volunteer when creating a profile for a website or app — such as name, age and location — so when a user signs into their account on a new phone or computer, their surfing habits can be tracked across devices, he said.One of the ways businesses can try to reach potential buyers is through a process called retargeting, said Soberman, in which users are served with ads for products they have already looked up online. For example, he said, if an online shopper visits a website for a hardware store for the crafter on their Christmas list, then ads from that retailer will follow the user around the internet to entice them to click purchase.Ideally, these personalized advertisements should create value for both the seller and the buyer, said Soberman.The small share of ads that pique users’ privacy concerns are only a symptom of a much broader problem, which is that people don’t understand that they signed up for being tracked when they checked off the box agreeing to a website’s terms and conditions, he said.“I think that what ends up happening is that it’s only when we feel something’s done that we feel isn’t quite right, that you’ll have a situation where you’re not happy,” said Soberman. “A lot of people are agreeing to things, then they get upset afterwards.”Vance Lockton, a strategic analyst at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, said the privacy watchdog takes two primary considerations into account in monitoring the online ad market — the sensitivity of the information, and the reasonable expectations of the individual.Most online advertising is based on an “opt-out” model of consent, said Lockton, which means companies can assume that they are permitted to track users’ behaviour for marketing purposes, but have to give them an option to withdraw from being targeted.On platforms like Google and Facebook, all it takes is a few clicks for a user to view and change their ad settings, and the Digital Advertising Alliance Of Canada offers a tool that allows users to opt out of targeted ads from a number of networks.But Lockton said federal law sets a higher bar of “opt-in” consent for online advertisements based on sensitive subjects that a user would expect to remain private, such as health and financial information, requiring that users explicitly agree to being served with ads about these topics based on their search history.In a 2015 study, the privacy commissioner’s office examined 9,000 ads and found that three per cent were targeted based on previous searches. Of those roughly 300 targeted ads, investigators found that 34 were based on sensitive searches such as “pregnancy test,” “women’s shelter” or “depression cures.”Even if the scale of the problem seems relatively minor, Lockton said the impacts of this information being revealed can be far reaching. He said the regulations also don’t account for the swaths of information that depending on the context, could be considered sensitive.“There’s no bright-line test to say what is sensitive and what’s not,” he said. “An engagement ring … (is) certainly something that I would say it isn’t obvious to me one way or the other whether it’s sensitive. A case certainly could be made that it would be.”For Eric Morris, director of Google Canada’s retail business, these distinctions are crystal clear. If an online shopper is looking for an engagement ring, they may want to be exposed to offers from different jewellers to find the best cut and price for the occasion, he said, and it’s up to the user to keep their browsing secret from their hopefully soon-to-be-betrothed.“We do differentiate between engagement rings and what we call sensitive information, whether it’s related to health or someone’s financial information,” he said, adding that one can find a list online of sensitive categories where the company has made that distinction.For sensitive categories including health care and financial services, Morris said Google has strict policies in place to prevent information about a user’s personal hardships, identity and beliefs and sexual interests from being revealed through targeted advertising. He said Google has developed artificial intelligence technology that can filter out ads with sensitive information, and human staffers also review ads to ensure that users’ privacy is being protected.A Google Canada spokesperson abruptly ended the phone interview when Morris was asked whether ads that may bypass the tech giant’s sensitivity screening would constitute a violation of users’ privacy. Morris was also prevented from answering questions about what kinds of information Google collects about users for the purposes of targeted advertising.Ramona Pringle, director of Ryerson University’s Innovation Studio, said tech companies are often opaque about their targeted advertising practices, but if an online service seems “free,” it’s safe to assume it’s your information the business is selling.“Any time you see a new feature being invented or being introduced, we should ask ourselves: How are they able to collect new information on me using this tool?” said Pringle.As intrusive as they may seem, targeted advertisements provide a window into the scale of information that companies are collecting about users, a fact many people otherwise seem to forget when scrolling through cyberspace.“We live in the information age, and part of that means… that information is in our face even when we’re not looking for it, or we’re trying to keep it from people,” Pringle said.“There’s been interesting cases where businesses know more about people than those people might have even revealed to their family members and their closest friends.”last_img read more

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On the eve of a new State UN lends a helping hand

26 May 2011In what will soon be the world’s newest country, Southern Sudan, the independence celebrations are about to start. But in a place where paying jobs are few, functioning roads are fewer and the population is still deeply scarred by war, the hard spadework of nation-building is only just beginning. Southern Sudan will face numerous challenges when it formally separates from the rest of Sudan on 9 July; one of them will be to strengthen its corrections system. The nascent state’s prisons have been worn down by a lack of funding, badly dilapidated infrastructure and a military culture left over from the long-running civil war.Few know this better than Bob Leggat, the Australian national who has headed the corrections advisory unit of the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) since 2006. He and a team of more than 30 others are tasked with assisting local authorities to overhaul the prisons so that they can meet international standards.About 80 prisons are in operation across Southern Sudan – some of them designed that way and others just rudimentary huts put to another purpose – and they are home to some 8,000 inmates. That number could rise drastically after separation, depending on what happens to the Southern Sudanese currently detained in northern Sudanese jails.Mr. Leggat tells the UN News Centre that overcrowding is just one of many obstacles. Juvenile detainees are routinely placed alongside adults, mentally ill inmates receive little or no support, potable water is a rarity, and people remanded in detention while they await their trial are often left so long that they have already out-served any eventual sentence they might be given.It is estimated that 45 per cent to 50 per cent of detainees at any one time have not been convicted of a crime and still await trial.“It’s very, very difficult,” he acknowledges, pointing out that Southern Sudan is recovering from a brutal civil war and that improving the quality of jails is considered a luxury when many people still struggle to eat or to live in peace.But Mr. Leggat – who has worked extensively in corrections systems around the world before taking up the post in Juba – says he has been heartened by what he calls the “reformist leadership” of the prison service in Southern Sudan.“They recognize that every single prisoner, except those given the death penalty, will eventually be out in society, and so it is worth investing the time and money,” he says. “In comparison to some places where I’ve been, the attitude is impressive. They are very keen on getting progress on rehabilitation into place.”Mr. Leggat and his staff, spread across the 10 states of Southern Sudan, act as mentors to their local counterparts, working with them to enhance policies and procedures, to improve the standard of infrastructure and to raise the skill levels and practices of prison staff.Progress is sometimes made in a two-steps forward, one-step back fashion, but he voices quiet pride at the successes, such as the recent re-establishment of a probation system for juvenile prisoners.Basic education programmes are also being set up, including literacy and numeracy classes for both prisoners and prison staff.And those efforts were rewarded last year, when UNMIS and the Southern Sudan Prison Service jointly won an international award for the staff training programmes now in place.This is helping to boost the performance of prison staff, many of whom served in the military and were only recently demobilized and reintegrated into civilian society, and thus struggled to adapt.“It will maybe take a generation or two to have people working in the prisons who have never worked in the military, but slowly that is changing,” according to Mr. Leggat.Funding remains another key problem, and UNMIS has worked with local prison authorities to encourage international donors to contribute to what can be regarded as a worthy but unglamorous cause.The efforts of Mr. Leggat and his counterparts at UN missions worldwide are in the spotlight as the Organization prepares to observe the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, whose theme this year is “rule of law.”The Day falls on 29 May each year, but the UN is marking it tomorrow with a series of events at its Headquarters in New York and at peacekeeping missions worldwide. read more

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China willing to work with all political parties in Sri Lanka

“Let’s expect a more fruitful harvest of China-Sri Lanka friendship and cooperation in the new year,” the Ambassador said. China says it is willing to work with all political parties in Sri Lanka.In a message released today by the Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Cheng Xueyuan to mark the traditional Sinhala and Tamil New Year, the Ambassador said that in the year to come, China is willing to work together with all levels of government, political parties and all walks of life in Sri Lanka to continue promote our pragmatic cooperation in various fields. The Ambassador said that China is committed to continue provide all kind of aid and assistance within the capabilities to Sri Lanka for the latter’s national development and people’s welfare. “On the auspicious occasion of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, I would like to convey the warmest greetings from the Chinese government and people, to all the Sri Lankan people, for a peaceful and prosperous new year,” he said. read more

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New York City on high alert after Boston explosions

first_imgSECURITY HAS BEEN tightened around landmarks in New York City after the explosions which rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon today.Deputy Commissioner of the NYPD, Paul Browne, said in a statement: We’re stepping up security at hotels and other prominent locations in the city through deployment of the NYPD’s critical response vehicles until more about the explosion is learned.NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg released a statement on his personal website, confirming that the police force had stepped up security at “strategic locations” and at major infrastructure points, including New York’s subway train system.He said that citizens would notice Criticial Response Vehicles on the street and that one thousand NYPD officers had been assigned to “counter-terrorism duties” alongside the rest of the force. He also asked New Yorkers to “keep victims and their families in your thoughts and prayers”.This photograph from Press Association shows a New Jersey State police helicopter fly by the construction site of One World Trade Center, as police forces began to secure the city following the news from Boston:On alert in Times Square (pic via @clarerrrr):Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama is preparing to make a statement at 23.10 (Irish time) on the explosions. This was the scene in the Oval Room a short time ago as he received information updates on the situation:Pic: White HousePhotos: Chaos and devastation after Boston Marathon blasts>Video captures moment Boston Marathon was rocked by two explosions>Devastation at the finish line of the Boston Marathon>Two dead, 51 injured after Boston Marathon blasts> Read more coverage of the Boston Marathon explosions>last_img read more

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Joan Burton defends new death certs after hidden suicide claims

first_imgThis, I think, will totally and absolutely reverse what I’ve been doing.Concerns had been raised that the short-form certificate, without a cause of death, would cause difficulties for life insurance companies, for example.The Department of Social Protection, in response to a query from TheJournal.ie, said this evening that it would be up to the family concerned and other involved parties to decide whether the cause of death was relevant information.The question as to whether a short form or long form certificate is sufficient for the particular service is a matter between the person requiring the service and the body or person providing the service. The only change being made is that people may, where they feel it necessary, obtain a short-form certificate which will not include the cause of death. This new option would “in no way affect the Register of Deaths or impact in any way on the compilation, extraction and publication of vital statistics,” the Tánaiste confirmed.‘It’s not something to be hidden, it’s something to be talked about’Critics of the new regulations included Terence Casey, coroner for east and south Kerry, who has in the past been vocal on the issue of suicide rates in rural Ireland.Speaking to Newstalk this morning, Casey had this to say about the measures.It means there’ll be no record of the amount of people who [take their own lives.] I’ve been speaking openly for the last couple of years about suicide, to try to bring it home to people that it’s not something to be hidden, it’s something to be talked about, to reduce the amount of deaths by suicide.center_img TÁNAISTE AND MINISTER for Social Protection Joan Burton has this afternoon defended the introduction of short-form death certificates, claiming the new regulations would help families mourning the loss of a loved one.The short-form death certs, which do not have to include the cause of death, had been criticised as likely to stifle public debate as well as statistical information on suicides.However, the Labour leader this afternoon released a statement clarifying a number of issues. The question as to which type of certificate is required for life insurance claims and estate management is a matter for the parties concerned.Tánaiste Burton did, however, cite education as one area in which reporting the cause of death would not be necessary, under the new regulations.[The new short-form cert] is to address the ongoing concerns from members of the public and public representatives that, where the death certificate must be presented at schools, for example, the cause of death can cause distress to loved ones in cases involving suicide, violent death and death from substance abuse.Read: Suicides in Kerry decreased since Donal Walsh spoke out, says coroner>91 children known to HSE died in four years – one quarter by suicide>last_img read more

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Four refugees found dead after sea search in Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The bodies of four drowned refugees were found last Friday on a beach on the holiday island of Kos, Greece, after a boat carrying immigrants illegally into the country from nearby Turkey was reported to have sunk. Victims, including a pregnant woman and a teenage girl, are believed to be Syrians.The shipping ministry said the bodies were discovered near the northern tip of the Aegean island, and also included another woman and one man. A coastguard search was launched Thursday after a man who said he was Syrian told authorities he had survived the boat sinking but that 12 other people were on board. The search came a day after the drowning of another man who was trying to enter Greece in a small boat crammed with refugees. A coastguard statement said the victim was found unconscious in waters off the eastern Aegean Sea islet of Oinousses early on Thursday, and died shortly later. Greece is the busiest crossing point for what is described as illegal immigration in the European Union. last_img read more

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Atterrisage durgence pour un A380 un moteur prend feu

first_imgAtterrisage d’urgence pour un A380 : un moteur prend feuUn Airbus A380 de la compagnie aérienne australienne Qantas a dû atterrir d’urgence à Singapour ce matin à cause d’un problème de moteur. C’est la première fois qu’un incident de cette ampleur survient sur le plus gros avion de ligne du monde. Malgré tout, “aucun passager ou membre d’équipage (du vol QF32, ndlr) n’est blessé”, rassure le ministère australien des Affaires étrangères après plus d’une heure d’inquiétude.Six minutes seulement après avoir décollé de Singapour en direction de Sydney, le moteur a commencé à poser problème.Selon un journaliste de l’AFP présent à l’aéroport de Singapour, de la fumée s’échappait du quadriréacteur après son atterrissage. “L’un des moteurs sous l’aile gauche semble avoir explosé”. Un passager allemand affirme même avoir vu des flammes sur l’aile gauche, alors qu’il se trouvait toujours à bord de l’avion, dans les airs.Il explique que l’avion a ensuite “volé en faisant des cercles pendant près de deux heures pour évacuer le fuel”. Alors qu’il survolait l’île indonésienne de Batam, des témoins ont vu des débris de l’appareil  atterrir dans un champ.Après l’incident, le directeur général de Qantas, Alan Joyce, a pris la décision de “suspendre les décollages de tous les A380”, jusqu’à ce que soient déterminées les causes de ce problème.L’appareil était équipé de quatre moteurs Trent 900 construits par le britannique Rolls Royce. Le constructeur souhaite “collaborer avec Qantas pour identifier le problème”.Depuis son lancement, l’A380 a connu plusieurs incidents techniques, notamment à cause des moteurs, mais aucun de cette gravité.Découvrez les images de l’A380 à son retour sur le tarmac :https://www.maxisciences.com/a380/le-moteur-d-039-un-a380-en-flammes-apres-six-minutes-de-vol_art10176.htmlLe 4 novembre 2010 à 09:47 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Microsoft Kinect Accelerator le projet secret de Microsoft

first_imgMicrosoft Kinect Accelerator, le projet secret de MicrosoftMicrosoft aurait fait enregistrer deux noms de domaines correspondant au projet Kinect Accelerator. De quoi s’agit-il ?La Xbox Kinect fête tout juste son premier anniversaire que déjà de nouvelles rumeurs affleurent. Si on imagine bien que Kinect sera prochainement associé au système d’exploitation Windows de façon effective, une autre rumeur est née sur la Toile.À lire aussiOncologie : quand le jeu vidéo réduit le temps de traitement des patientsMicrosoft développerait Kinect Accelerator. Derrière cette appellation énigmatique faut-il y voir le signe que Microsoft est passé à la vitesse supérieure dans l’association de Kinect et de Windows. Selon Fusible, Microsoft a fait enregistrer le 9 novembre deux noms de domaines : XboxKinectAccelerator.com et XboxKinectAccelerator.net.La firme de redmond n’a bien entendu fait aucune annonce officielle. Se pourrait-il aussi qu’un accessoire pour Kinect soit en développement ? Patience, patience… des informations officielles paraîtront tôt ou tard… A quoi attribueriez-vous le projet Kinect Accelerator ?Le 11 novembre 2011 à 12:09 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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School district names new business manager

first_imgWashougal — Kristine Grindy will be the new business manager for Washougal School District, as the board approved the hiring at its May 8 meeting. She will officially start July 1.She currently works for Educational Service District 112 as the business manager of the Stevenson-Carson School District. Grindy, a Washougal resident, has held the same position for various other smaller school districts in the state through ESD 112.She is taking over for Larry Mayfield, who is moving to the Wenatchee School District, where he will serve as the executive director of business and finance.last_img read more

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DID THE NEWYEAR MESSAGE OF THE PRESIDENT END THE CONTRADICTORY MESSAGES

first_imgQUESTION OF THE DAYDID THE NEWYEAR MESSAGE OF THE PRESIDENT END THE CONTRADICTORY MESSAGES ON HIS DECLARATION THAT GAMBIA IS AN ISLAMIC REPUBLIC?In his Christmas message the President condemned the use of violent atrocities in the name of Islam and promised to maintain the status quo in The Gambia.In his New Year message the president said among other things “Fellow Gambians recently I pronounced the Gambia as an Islamic State and Republic on the bases that the majority of Gambians are Muslims and the need to uphold this Islamic identity and faith in an environment of true Islam where the rights of all citizens will be preserved and respected. In this respect, I call on both Muslims and Christians to continue living together peacefully and working in harmony for the common good of the country regardless of our ethno linguistic differences. As Muslims and Christians we should eradicate tribalism in the Gambia ……………….”The President has not clarified what the Islamic Republic would be like and how it would be established by law and when. He claims that it is already in existence but he is yet to declare that he has carried out a coup d’etat against his own government, suspended the 1997 Constitution and promulgated a decree establishing the Islamic Republic.Hence, in actual fact, the Islamic Republic is still wishful thinking and the status quo under the 1997 Sovereign Republic remains. No Republic could exist without a Republican Constitution. The Islamic Republic is no exception. Hence, the President is likely to bring the integrity of the executive into disrepute if he continues to call Gambia an Islamic Republic but cannot produce a Constitution to back his claim. The world has passed that stage where Presidents sleep over night and wake up to declare new constitutional eras. That was the age of the emperors. Even monarchs have their constitutions. We will keep readers informed of every move on this subject.last_img read more

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29 Year Old Writer Asserts Importance of Writing

first_imgBy Awa TourayModou Lamin Sowe, a 29-year-old Gambian writer said a world without writers is a world without boundaries and rules.Sowe said this at a recent launching ceremony of his book “THE MEMORIES OF REFLECTION” at the Ebujan TheatreSowe said the Laws of nations are written by writers; that if writing was a revelation, then all writers would have been prophets; that the world belongs only to those who read.Sowe’s book “THE MEMORIES OF REFLECTION”, is said to be approved by the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE) in 2014. Sowe said the Gambia has young people writing books and made the clarion call for support on their behalf.“The Gambia needs dedicated, trained, and ambitious intellectuals who have the potential to become builders of our Nation,” he said. According to Sowe, wisdom teaches that writers should desist from writing lengthy books of numerous pages. “Because people do not read nowadays” he said; that his book written ten years ago of 100 pages, motivates people to read because of its content.He encouraged the Youth of the country as well as writers, to continue to read and write; that as a young scholar, he was courageous to survive the world of literature, “where one either publishes or perishes; that therefore, a writer must read.Hassoum Ceesay, the Director of the National Center for Arts and Culture (NCAC) who was the Reviewer of the book, said the book is well researched and written, and interesting. He said the plot is strong, the characters rounded and the setting of the book is perfect.“This is a book worth reading, especially to savour the rich use of language and proverbs” he said. He encouraged the Young writers, and further extended the gratitude of the NCAC in associating with young writers.last_img read more

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Lukaku Belgium can punish the Brazil defence

first_imgRomelu Lukaku is certain that Belgium have the talent at their disposal to breakthrough the Brazil defence ahead of today’s quarter-final encounterThe upcoming match is being considered as the biggest of the last eight with Belgium’s golden generation of Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne set to go head-to-head with Neymar and Philippe Coutinho.While Brazil have only made steady progress at the World Cup, they have managed to keep seven clean sheets in their eight games this year.But Lukaku, who scored braces in Belgium’s two opening group games, is unconcerned.“Weakness in Brazil? Not really,” said the 25-year-old, according to FourFourTwo.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“I think offensively they’re very strong. They’ve players who can make the difference, they have good box-to-box players who are dangerous.“Defensively, I think they can be taken, but you can’t attack in the same manner all the time.“Three out of four are really experienced so you have to know exactly how to attack. We trained that and we are well prepared.”The match will take place at the Kazan Arena at 20:00 (GMT +2) with the winner set to face either Uruguay or France in the semi-finals.last_img read more

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Ministry of Education Digicel team up for Learning Hub

first_img Hurricane Irma hits TCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI June 22, 2017 — A new online platform for exam prep is the product of a partnership between the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Library Services and Digicel TCI.The website, called Learning Hub, provides students sitting the Grade Six Achievement Test, Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations with test prep through tutorials, practice tests and other educational materials. Ministry officials said the platform makes test prep easier, more convenient and should increase performance rates among students. Learning Hub can be found at: www.learninghub.online The project was signed off by former Education Minister Josephine Connolly.#MagneticMediaNews#TCILearningHub Happy Hours All Weekend at Outback Steakhouse Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you TCI Premier & Governor gives “all-clear” after Hurricane Irma Related Items:#magneticmedianews, Learning Hub, ministry of education, Tcilast_img read more

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Dyche Solskjaers United are playing with freedom

first_imgSean Dyche has praised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for turning around the fortunes of Manchester United since joining the club.United struggled under Jose Mourinho, who was sacked in December. But Solskjaer has won eight consecutive games in all competitions.As Burnley set to face United on Tuesday, Dyche is wary of confronting a rejuvenated United side.“From the outside looking in, it seems like he has just tried to loosen a little bit and put more freedom on it,” Dyche told a news conference via FourFourTwo ahead of the trip to Old Trafford.“A bit more energy seems to have come back to the players. I think that’s a skill in itself. I think possibly that is what he has done; he has just given a different feel to the group in his own way.“But I think they have responded and they are delivering good performances. It seems there is a little bit more spark – not massive tactical changes, but just that spark within the group.“I am not questioning Jose Mourinho, I think he is an absolutely incredible and top manager. [Solskjaer] has just changed that feeling in the group, coming in, and they have responded.”Vokes has been linked with Stoke City and Dyche said of the Wales international’s situation: “Who knows? I would expect [he will stay] but we are a business, not just a football club. Both have to be in balance.“We have had varying signs before with people interested in our players and it doesn’t surprise me that people are interested in our players, that is just the way it is. We look outside and they look at us. That’s just the market.”🇳🇴 Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer as Man Utd manager:✅ 5-1 vs Cardiff Cityole gunnar solskjaer, manchester unitedReport: Up to seven first team players out for United George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Manchester United have some serious injury problems with up to seven first-team players out.This Saturday, United have a Premier League clash with Leicester City….✅ 3-1 vs Huddersfield✅ 4-1 vs Bournemouth✅ 2-0 vs Newcastle✅ 2-0 vs Reading✅ 1-0 vs Spurs✅ 2-1 vs Brighton✅ 3-1 vs Arsenal👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/oSh9XLlTuY— Man Utd Channel (@ManUtdChannel) January 25, 2019last_img read more

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Press Talk A larger issue in the mayors race

first_imgIt has almost everything.Drama, intrigue, importance, consequences — you name it.Of course I’m talking about the Vancouver mayor’s race, pitting a young, vibrant Mayor Tim Leavitt against an old, vibrant City Councilor Bill Turlay.(Age doesn’t mean anything to me. Being vibrant does.)But is there more to this race than meets the eye?I say yes.I thought about this when I was hanging out at the KATU-TV studios Thursday night doing a short interview on the mayoral race.KATU anchor Steve Dunn hosts a 30-minute “Your Voice, Your Vote” show that airs Sunday mornings at 9 a.m.I take up the last five minutes of this week’s show talking with Steve — a bright, personable, fun guy. The first 25 minutes of the show deal with Initiative 522. That’s the one that concerns labeling of genetically engineered foods.Hey, wait a second. Twenty-five minutes for them? Five minutes for me? What the … (Just kidding.)But I digress.So what is the larger issue in the mayor’s race? Well, Turlay will tell you the larger issue is Leavitt’s flip-flop on tolling a new CRC bridge. First he was against it. That, many say, got him elected mayor. Then Leavitt was for it.It’s an integrity issue, Turlay says. If that’s not enough, supporting tolls for a new bridge does not make you Mr. Popular in the eyes of many.Fair enough.But for me, the larger issue is this epic battle going on between Leavitt and County Commissioner David Madore.As noted in a column a few weeks ago …“Madore and Leavitt are archenemies. One is Superman. the other is Alexander Joseph ‘Lex’ Luthor. You decide which is which.” Now, Madore has spent enormous political capital supporting Turlay. The always-smiling Madore would somehow find a way to smile even broader if Turlay were to whup Leavitt.last_img read more

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Government launches financial advice review

first_imgThe government has launched a major UK-wide review to examine how financial advice could work better for consumers.The Financial Advice Market Review will look at all types of retail financial products, including pensions, insurance, savings and mortgages.The review will consider ways to encourage people to seek financial advice and to remove any barriers that may discourage them from doing so, as well as examining the ‘advice gap’ for those who are not significantly wealthy.It also aims to ensure that the regulatory and legislative environment encourages firms to innovate and grow their business models to include financial advice that is accessible and affordable.   It will be led by HM Treasury and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). An advisory panel of industry and consumer experts will be chaired by Nick Prettejohn, chair of Scottish Widows.The findings of the review will be reported ahead of the 2016 Budget.Harriett Baldwin, economic secretary to the Treasury, said: “Making sure that our financial services sector supports working people at every stage of their lives is a key part of our long-term plan.“That’s why we’ve launched a major new review to explore what more can be done to make sure consumers can access high-quality and affordable advice so they can make informed decisions with their hard-earned money.”Andy Briggs, chief executive officer of Aviva UK and Ireland Life, added: “Good advice makes a huge difference to people when they are navigating their choices on savings and retirement, but the rules today have not kept pace with people’s needs.“Customers should more easily be able to get low-cost or free guidance from providers alongside their right to pay for more bespoke, personalised advice.”Darren Philp, director of policy and market engagement at The People’s Pension, said: “Regulation has created an artificial divide between guidance and advice and this is a recipe for confusion. It is clear to us that advisers are between a rock and a hard place, and often cannot give the help and information that is all most consumers need.“We know that consumers are put off seeking advice because they have to pay for it. Government initiatives like Pension Wise can help fill a gap, but they are no substitute for making sure that those that would benefit from advice are able to receive it.”We would like a situation where advisers are able to add value for all those who want it, regardless of whether this is from a simple chat or a detailed financial plan.”last_img read more

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Texas FirstEver Flood Plan Is In The Works

first_imgFor 60 years, the Texas Water Development Board has been the keeper of a master list of projects that are supposed to meet the state’s water needs for the next half century. But the latest list the agency is compiling is not about supplying water — it’s about managing it.Earlier this year in the wake of two major floods that crippled communities across the state — and just months before the remnants of Hurricane Harvey dumped a historic amount of rainfall on southeast Texas — state lawmakers voted to give the agency $600,000 to create the state’s first-ever flood plan. The document will broadly evaluate statewide flood risks and detail projects local governments want to pursue to mitigate those vulnerabilities with suggestions as to how the state could help fund or finance them. “What we are doing over the next year or so is a desktop assessment of who is doing what, what are in the local plans [and] how much is it going to cost,” said Robert Mace, the water development board’s deputy executive administrator.The water development board aims to complete the plan before the Legislature convenes in 2019 so lawmakers will have official guidance as they decide which local projects to support. While the Legislature approved funding to develop the plan pre-Harvey, Mace said the widespread flooding the storm inflicted on the state underscores the urgency to have a comprehensive document with input from a broad range of voices involved in flood management. He said the agency will soon begin reaching out to municipal and county governments, planning authorities and citizens to learn about their respective local flood strategies and to identify future infrastructure needs to reduce flooding damage. “It will be interesting to see: Are people on the same page or not in terms of what they would like to see from the state in terms of flood planning and flood policy?” Mace said.Last year, the water development board gained authority to expand the scope of a low-interest loan fund to include more stormwater infrastructure projects. It now has half a billion dollars in loan capacity available to finance such proposals. The kind of bridge financing the agency provides could prove useful as Harvey relief dollars are not expected to come in for months or even years. Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday he might consider calling a special session to disperse money for flood recovery and prevention costs but also that any approved funds would only cover a “fraction of the costs” of longer-term flood prevention needs.In the Houston area, local officials are now discussing a variety of flood control projects that have been delayed for years, such as a third major reservoir to detain floodwater as it travels downstream to the coast. They’re also renewing their support for the construction of a physical barrier along the coast to protect from devastating storm surge during hurricanes, noting that Houston dodged a bullet with Harvey, which made landfall farther down the coast. The “coastal spine” project, under review by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is estimated to cost some $5.8 billion for the Houston area alone and at least $11 billion for the entire six-county coastal region.State and local leaders say the federal government ultimately would have to foot the bill for such a project. The chairman of the water development board, Bech Bruun, said during a panel discussion late last month at the Texas Tribune Festival that the agency could help finance such a venture, although he said someone would have to be on the hook for paying it all back.“It’s important that we’re providing this financial assistance with the assurance that these are loans that will be repaid, so who is the underlying borrower that’s pledging that security to do so?” Bruun said.As water development board staff works on the flood plan, Mace said they will ask local officials if they’d like to see the state create a permanent funding stream to support flood control projects and if so, what such a program would look like and how projects should be ranked. The total price tag of the flood plan will surely be in the many billions of dollars.And compiling a list of such needs, both large and small, is sure to invite broad policy discussions about how the state wants to approach future flood planning, Mace said. There are many approaches the state could take after the plan is presented to the 2019 Legislature, but he said one thing is certain: “Flood risk is not going away in Texas.” Sharelast_img read more

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