Cree teens court fight for braces leads to noninsured health benefits policy

first_img(An x-ray of Josey Willier’s teeth which her doctor said needed braces to alleviate chronic teeth and jaw pain.)Editor’s Note: In the story about Josey Willier’s braces, APTN News reported that her braces cost $8,000. APTN was contacted by the office of Jane Philpott, minister of Indigenous Services to say that the braces, originally paid for by the family, only cost $6,000. The federal government did spend $100,000 in legal fees arguing in court that the braces should not be covered under the non-insured health benefits program.Melissa RidgenAPTN NewsIt was a three-year court battle of David versus Goliath proportions and the victory will have rippling effects for other kids covered by Health Canada’s Non-Insured Health Benefits program.Josey Willier, from Sucker Creek First Nation in Alberta, was just 13 when she suffered crippling chronic pain from the position of her teeth and jaw.Her physician said braces were medically necessary but government doctors – who never examined the girl – denied they were needed.So  NIHB refused to cover the $8,000 treatment.The family took the government to court and rather than paying for the braces, the federal government spent $100,000 arguing why Canada should not pay.The case was settled this week.“We’ve been working with them steadily over the last few months to reach an agreement,” said Josey’s mother Stacey Shiner.“My mindset was I wouldn’t settle until they changed their policy so this doesn’t happen to other children.”The deal, terms of which weren’t disclosed, came at the 11th hour this week, just ahead of when the Federal Court of Appeal was to decide on the matter.“This is a huge step forward,” said Shiner. “It used to be a checked-box scenario of what was required but it leaves so many grey areas. Pain and discomfort are now factors.”A statement released by the family mentioned Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, who was an ally during the court battle.Blackstock said her agency will be watching to ensure the new orthodontic policy complies with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal orders on Jordan’s Principle.According to a statement released by Jane Philpott, minister of Indigenous Services, the department will be updating its non-insured health benefits by June 15 to include more health services for First Nation and Inuit children.“I am pleased a settlement agreement has been reached relating to orthodontic coverage under the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program,” said Philpott in the statement released Tuesday evening.“I am confident that the services Indigenous Services Canada provides are contributing to better oral health outcomes for First Nations and Inuit. The orthodontic coverage under the Non-Insured Health Benefits Program is comprehensive and based on clinical evidence.”During the court fight, Josey’s parents paid out of pocket for the braces. She’s had them off now for about a

Copper factory employee further remanded over Easter attacks

An employee of a copper factory in Wellampitiya, arrested over the Easter Sunday attacks, has been further remanded till July 8.Karupayya Rajendran Abdulla was employed at the copper factory in Wellampitiya owned by the family of the suicide bomber who carried out the attack on the Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo. Abdulla, the 10th suspect arrested from the Wellampitiya copper factory, was produced in court today when he was ordered to be further remanded. (Colombo Gazette)

UN envoy voices serious concern over demolition of Palestinian property in West

A statement released in Gaza by Mr. Roed-Larsen’s office said such actions by the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) have resulted in clashes and protests leading to the injuries of at least four Palestinians.Mr. Roed-Larsen, the UN’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, expressed particular concern for the economic and humanitarian impact that such actions will have on the local community and economy. “They will have a real negative impact on Palestinian livelihoods and further the sense of hopelessness,” he said.The UN envoy also noted that such demolitions constitute a breach of Israel’s obligations as an occupying power under the Fourth Geneva Convention. He called on the Government of Israel to stop further demolitions, including those carried out in connection with the construction of a security wall in the northern West Bank.

Higher income taxes send US Airways net income lower results beat Wall

by David Koenig, The Associated Press Posted Oct 23, 2013 6:27 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Higher income taxes send US Airways net income lower; results beat Wall Street forecasts DALLAS – Higher taxes reduced US Airways’ third-quarter profit, but the airline still beat Wall Street expectations on a combination of more traffic and higher average fares.US Airways, the nation’s fifth-biggest airline, pushed revenue higher by filling a larger percentage of seats. Including US Airways Express regional flights, passengers travelled nearly 5 per cent more miles and they paid 4.4 per cent more for every mile that they flew.Company officials said Wednesday that before taxes and special items, it was a record quarter. Just last week, American Airlines parent AMR Corp. posted its best-ever quarterly profit when excluding costs of its bankruptcy restructuring.The twin results could bolster the federal government’s argument that the two airlines don’t need to merge — and create the world’s biggest carrier — because they’re doing fine on their own. The Justice Department is suing to block the proposed merger, saying it will lead to higher consumer prices. A trial is set for next month.US Airways officials say the big profits shouldn’t derail the deal. They say a merged US Airways-American can better compete with United and Delta, both of which grew through recent mergers.“Strong companies merge all the time,” Scott Kirby, the president of US Airways, said on a conference call with analysts and reporters. “The point of this merger is we’ll be stronger, we’ll be able to attract more customers, we’ll be able to offer more benefits to customers.”CEO Doug Parker jumped in to note that even with a credit upgrade last month, Standard & Poor’s still gives his company a “B” rating, five notches below investment-grade.“What we’re really talking about here is merging a single-B credit with a bankrupt credit,” Parker said.US Airways officials otherwise declined to talk about the merger or the potential for negotiating a settlement with the Justice Department before a planned Nov. 25 trial in Washington.For the third quarter, US Airways Group Inc. said net income was $216 million, or $1.04 per share. That’s down 12 per cent from $245 million, or $1.24 per share, a year earlier.The difference: In this year’s quarter, US Airways owed about $120 million in income taxes compared with just $1 million last year. The company used up its ability to reduce taxes by carrying over losses from previous years.Excluding costs of the proposed merger, US Airways said it would have earned $1.16 per share, four cents better than analysts expected.Revenue rose 9 per cent to $3.86 billion, a bit higher than analysts’ forecast of $3.84 billion, according to a survey by FactSet.Costs rose 5 per cent as the company expanded its passenger-carrying capacity — it plans to add between 3 per cent and 4 per cent more capacity next year with new, larger planes. Fuel was the biggest expense, but it rose just 2 per cent while labour costs jumped nearly 12 per cent.Standard & Poor’s analyst Betsy Snyder said results from US Airways and Delta showed how strong the summer was for the airlines, which are now poised to get a break on fuel — oil prices have fallen 5 per cent in the past week.“As long as fuel remains at these levels and demand is there, business travel is there, I absolutely think this is sustainable,” Snyder said in an interview. But a fuel spike or setback to the economy could change the airlines’ profit picture, she added.In afternoon trading, US Airways shares fell 55 cents, or 2.5 per cent, to $21.40. They ended Tuesday up 63 per cent for the year, pushed higher by merger expectations.___Follow David Koenig at

Opinion 4 remaining NBA playoff teams a breath of fresh air

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James is seen before tipoff of overtime of a game between the Cavs and the San Antonio Spurs. The Cavs beat the Spurs, 128-125. Credit: Courtesy of TNSIn the last 30 NBA Finals, eight teams have hoisted the trophy.Just think about that for a second. Eight teams in 30 Finals.Eighteen teams have won the World Series in that span (and there wasn’t even a Series played in 1994). Sixteen squads have won the Super Bowl since 1984, as well.But in the NBA, if you’re not the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat or Dallas Mavericks, you have not felt the thrill of victory since the season before Michael Jordan entered the league.This year, thankfully, it seems as though a ninth member will join this exclusive club.Of the four teams remaining — the Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors and Rockets — only Houston has won it in the last 30 years. The Rockets appear to be the most unlikely team to make it to the Finals, having to face a lethal Warriors squad. In an poll, each of the 14 experts surveyed picked the Warriors to advance to the Finals.Of course, if the Los Angeles Clippers hadn’t collapsed and blown a 3-1 lead against Houston, we would already be guaranteed a fresh champion.But, nonetheless, if the Rockets fall to Golden State as expected, we will finally see someone new celebrating.It’s hard to call LeBron James in the Finals “new” — after appearing in the previous four Finals with the Heat, winning twice — but the Cavs, one of 13 teams to never win a championship, winning it all would certainly be something we haven’t seen before.The Warriors, meanwhile, won their last title in 1975, while the Hawks have the second-longest drought of any team — last winning in 1958 when they played in St. Louis. In fact, the Hawks have not even been back to the Finals since 1961, and never in Atlanta.So, with three of the 22 teams shut out from the last 30 years of parades still alive, you really couldn’t ask for more from a competitive standpoint.It truly is stunning when you look at that 22-of-30 figure. The simple explanation is the NBA is a league driven by the greats, and there are only so many of those to go around. Each of the last 30 champions, except for the 2003-04 Pistons, featured at least one player who can easily be categorized as one of the greatest of all time.With that in mind, LeBron and the Cavs would have to be considered the favorite as the only team to feature a true legend of the game.That’s not to mean any disrespect to the Warriors’ Stephen Curry, the league’s Most Valuable Player. While a strong case can already be made for him being the greatest shooter ever, he has a long way to go after really emerging this season before being classified as great.It’s also not to remove hope from the Hawks. As the Pistons showed in the 2004 Finals, you can win it all with a team full of good players, but no greats. It’s just really, really difficult.So, looking at the overall picture, it seems like, from a historical standpoint, the Cavs are the most likely team to win it all. LeBron winning his third title in five years also happens to be the least adventurous result — which seems to be the NBA way.Though, knowing the nearly impossible climb to becoming a championship team in the NBA, maybe the Rockets will find a way to add their third title since 1984 after all.

American Manganese pilot plant testing successfully completed

first_imgThe pilot plant testing program performed by Kemetco Research has been successfully completed. The work has confirmed the technical viability of the American Manganese’s patent pending hydrometallurgical manganese extraction and EW circuit on a semi-continuous operation basis of the overall flowsheet. The process is designed to recover manganese from lower grade manganese resources in an energy efficient manner with low water use, thus providing significant environmental benefits compared to the conventional recovery process which is energy intensive based on high grade resources.The pilot plant treated material from the Artillery Peak resource situated at Mojave County, Arizona. Operation of the pilot plant produced high purity electrolytic manganese metal (EMM) of greater than 99% purity. Chilling the mixed sulphate/dithionate solution produced by the intermediate precipitation of manganese from the pregnant leach solution produced sodium sulphate/dithionate crystals that were further processed to produce anhydrous sodium sulphate. The mother solution from the chilling circuit was shown to have salt concentrations that were suitable for feed in a nanofiltration circuit. Operation of the nanofiltration unit using a commercially available membrane achieved 97% rejection of sodium sulphate and 95% rejection of sodium dithionate, thus producing clean water suitable for reuse in the process.Solid/liquid separation testing conducted by Pocock Industrial showed that practical dewatering of the tailings can be achieved with a paste type thickener and pressure filtration following the multistage Counter Current Decantation (CCD) stages.  Final tailings dewatered to a stackable low water content (33.6%) was achieved.  Environmental testing confirmed that the solid residues are not acid generating.Mass and energy balances on the anhydrous sodium sulphate and water recovery circuit were provided by Swenson Technologies. As a result of its study, a more energy efficient sodium sulphate crystallisation process option was identified which may provide further significant reductions in energy requirements for this circuit. Further work on this process option will be conducted in the feasibility stage.The new process developed by Kemetco Research on behalf of American Manganese is shown to be significantly more energy and water efficient than previous work conducted by the US Bureau of Mines (USBM) some 30 to 60 years ago on the same resource material. In addition, the use of modern commercial equipment in a unique configuration has removed a significant amount of technical risk for the new process.last_img

Obama to visit Israel in first foreign trip since reelection

first_imgBARACK OBAMA HAS left American soil for the first time since his January inauguration for a four-day trip to the Middle East.The US President’s first foreign trip of his second term will take in Israel, the West Bank and Jordan.It is his first visit to Israel as President of the United States, and it has been earmarked as an opportunity to meet with the new Israeli government, as well as to speak directly to the Israeli people about relations between the two nations.When he arrives this morning, he will inspect an Iron Dome battery (a short range rocket-and-mortar defence system developed by Israel with the assistance of the US). According to the White House, the system – which cost the US hundreds of millions of dollars – has saved “countless Israeli lives”.Later today, he will attend bilateral meetings with Israeli President Peres and Prime Minister Netanyahu in Jerusalem.Despite the busy schedule, Obama’s administration has played down any hopes that a peace deal will be brokered during his time there this week. Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, says the peace process will be discussed, but so will other pertinent issues that the two countries cooperate on, including the ongoing conflict in Syria and tensions with Iran.Tomorrow brings both a culturally-significant and politically-important series of events. In the morning, the President will visit the Israel Museum where he will view the Dead Sea Scrolls and a technology expo.In the afternoon, he will travel to Ramallah in the West Bank and meet with Palestinian Authority President Abbas. They will take part in a working lunch. The two-State solution will be discussed and Obama says he intends to reaffirm US support for Palestinian aspirations.Following a press conference, President Obama will attend a cultural event at Al-Bireh Youth Center and will meet with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Fayyad.According to Rhodes, the most important aspect of the trip will be a speech to Israeli students on Thursday as the President will be able to assure them directly that American will stand by their country and ensure its security and safety against threats from Iran.Preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon and the Syrian crisis from spilling over into the broader region are top priorities of Israel and the United States, although they have differed in the past on precisely how to achieve both ends.On Friday, he will travel to Jordan, where he will focus on the growing Syrian refugee situation. Obama is due to remain in the Middle East until Saturday.-Additional reporting by APAlan Shatter tells Israel: Ireland is still your friendlast_img

Lorainne Higgins criticised after campaign van parked in a disabled space

first_imgTracey Holsgrove, a mother of a daughter with disabilities who lives nearby, said Higgins’s words were “ill-chosen” and she criticised her for not apologising outright.”Imagine how that makes the disabled community feel? Once again a politician rams home the message that they don’t matter,” Holsgrove said.So it was 8 am – so what? People with disabilities are out and about before 8 am, you know! Or are people with disabilities, like my daughter, and those who care for them, like me, supposed to be hidden away in our houses or care homes while the rest of the world goes about its business?Some people accepted Higgins’s response, but others were less forgiving. @CMDIRL @LorHiggins Exactly how big does that painted symbol in the space have to be? Do you take us for complete eejits? @PhuckAllCraic— Conor Leeson (@conorleeson) May 20, 2014 Source: Lorraine Dempsey/Twitter @LorHiggins Pitiful excuse with the 8am comment. I get up at 6:30am, the law doesn’t apply to me till 8am. Report your driver to the Gardai— Xylophobiac (@Xylophobiac) May 19, 2014 @LorHiggins Very good of you to reply to people,unfortunately this is an “honest mistake” that is an endemic problem with little enforcement— Lorraine Dempsey (@LorDempsey) May 19, 2014 Source: Anonymous Man/Twitter Source: Sen Lorraine Higgins/Twittercenter_img Thanks for bringing this to my attention. A driver putting up posters at 8am this morning made an honest mistake. It won’t happen again.— Lorraine Higgins (@LorHiggins) May 19, 2014 Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet SENATOR LORRAINE HIGGINS has come under fire after one of her campaign vans was spotted in a disabled parking space.The incident took place yesterday in Kilbeggan, Co Westmeath when a campaign member was out putting up posters.Higgins is running for Labour in the Midlands-North-West constituency in this week’s European election.When she was made aware of the incident on Twitter, she said it was “an honest mistake” that “won’t happen again”. Source: Conor Leeson/Twitter Read: MEP hopeful says she will report poster vandalism to gardaíRead: Labour Senator’s attack on election rival continues amid calls to withdraw ‘sexist remark’last_img

Rise in antimigrant sentiment

first_imgSix out of 10 citizens believe that immigration is having a negative impact on society and diluting Greek national identity, according to the results of a new survey.The survey results come as the Greek government finalises draft legislation foreseeing the granting of citizenship to thousands of second-generation migrants.According to the opinion poll, carried out by Public Issue last week on a sample of 500 citizens, 59 percent of respondents believe that immigration is harming the country, up from 47 percent in 2008, while 57 percent think migrants are tainting national identity, as compared to 47 percent in 2008. The economic crisis also appears to have influenced public opinion, with 45 percent complaining that migrants are depriving Greek citizens of jobs, up from 39 percent in 2008. The proportion of the public that blames immigrants for rising crime levels remains steadily high, at 75 percent.The poll highlights an apparent shift to the right, with 72 percent maintaining that the government’s immigration policy is not strict enough, as compared to 63 percent in 2008. There also appears to be a conviction, among the overwhelming majority of respondents (88 percent), that a limit should be set on the number of immigrants allowed to remain in the country, with six in 10 complaining that there are already too many migrants in Greece.As for the government’s draft law, which foresees the naturalisation of 250,000 children of migrants born in Greece and of thousands more migrants who have been living here legally for more than five years, public opinion appears to be split down the middle. The poll shows that 45 percent of respondents are in favor of citizenship and voting rights being granted to second-generation and long-term migrants, while the same percentage also oppose these proposals. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Chine larmée de terre cuite sagrandit

first_imgChine : l’armée de terre cuite s’agranditDes archéologues chinois ont découvert ce lundi, 110 nouveaux guerriers de terre cuite. Enterrés depuis des siècles, ils vont venir garnir les rangs des quelque huit mille soldats qui gardent le mausolée de l’empereur Qin, premier empereur de Chine.Regard droit et inflexible, en plus d’être immortelle l’armée de l’empereur Qin se régénère. Cent-dix nouvelles statues de guerriers d’argile sont en effet sorties de terre ce lundi 11 juin grâce au travail des archéologues chinois. Le mausolée de l’empereur Qin, situé proche de la ville de Xi’an, doit donc faire de la place.Il aura fallu trois ans aux scientifiques pour excaver ces nouveaux soldats. Avec eux, “douze chevaux d’argile, des parties de char, des armes et des outils ont été exhumés sur les 200 mètres carrés de fouilles”, s’enthousiasme Shen Maosheng du Qin Shihuang Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum cité par l’AFP. “La découverte est importante car cette fois, les reliques trouvées sont en bon état et ont conservé leurs couleurs”, renchérit Shen Maosheng, sous-chef du département d’archéologie du musée. Onze guerriers supplémentaires ont été localisés mais il reste encore à les mettre à jour.L’archéologue précise que les experts s’étaient attendus à ce que les couleurs et les artefacts de certains guerriers découverts se soient estompées avec le temps, leur surprise n’en a donc été que plus belle en constatant leur bon état de conservation. Un bouclier d’une rare intensité de couleurs, composé de formes géométriques rouges, vertes et blanches, a également été révélé au cours des fouilles.L’une des plus importantes découvertesÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’empereur Qin Shihuang, initiateur de cette armée de terre cuite, a présidé à l’unification de la Chine en 221 avant J.-C. Il est ainsi considéré comme le premier empereur de la nation. L’armée d’argile qui compose son mausolée a été révélée en 1974 par un paysan qui creusait son puits. Elle représente aujourd’hui l’une des découvertes les plus significatives de ces dernières années, figurant même sur la liste du Patrimoine Mondial de l’Unesco dès 1987.La nouvelle de la mise à jour de ces 110 guerriers intervient peu après la publication du rapport révélant que la Grande Muraille de Chine mesurerait plus du double de sa longueur estimée actuellement : 21.196 kilomètres de long, contre les 8.851 kilomètres donnés par sa fiche officielle (2009).Le 12 juin 2012 à 19:08 • Maxime Lambertlast_img

The Undertaker to appear on Smackdown Live on September 10 from Madison

first_img Google+ WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WWE is advertising that The Undertaker will make an appearance at Smackdown Live from Madison Square Garden on September 10.The semi-finals of the King of the Ring tournament will also take place at the event.The Undertaker most recently appeared on the WWE Extreme Rules event teaming with Roman Reigns in a winning effort against Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre in a No Holds Barred Match.WWE is promoting it as Undertaker’s first time ever on Smackdown Live from Madison Square Garden, but he was a part of the Smackdown taping in 2003 where he teamed with the APA in a winning effort against the FBI (Nunzio, Johnny Stamboli, and Chuck Palumbo). This was a legendary Smackdown taping that saw the last appearances of Hulk Hogan and Roddy Piper for sometime due to separate backstage fallouts.WWE will also air RAW live from Madison Square Garden on September 9. These are WWE’s first television tapings at the arena since 2009.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonight Shawn Michaels Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Ronda Rousey Twittercenter_img Seth Rollins Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns: Leukemia Is In Remission Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Facebook Vince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer Diagnosislast_img

Swollen river prompts more frequent I5 bridge lifts

first_imgMotorists on Interstate 5 were greeted Saturday afternoon with what has become a more familiar aggravation – a traffic-snarling bridge lift – because of high water levels in the Columbia River.The noontime back-up, which reached to 39th Street on the Vancouver side, is likely to be repeated often over the next couple of weeks due to an increased number of requests for bridge lifts to accommodate marine traffic. The additional requests are due to higher water levels in the Columbia, which reduces the clearance under the bridge. Federal law gives marine traffic has the right-of-way at the bridge, though bridge lifts on Interstate 5 will not occur during peak weekday freeway travel – from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.A National Weather Service bulletin Saturday said the river is expected to rise a few inches above flood stage on Monday and remain at that level for the rest of the week. Only minor impacts are expected.last_img

Local startups swim in shark tank

first_imgRichard Biggs of Atlantric moderates and evening event at PubTalk on Tuesday in Vancouver. Most of us indulge in impulse buying on occasion, perhaps choosing a smartphone that has more dazzle than functionality, or a sporty car that’s fun but doesn’t quite fit the family’s needs or budget.But “sharks” who invest in startup companies aren’t exactly impulse buyers. They want to put their money into startups that will yield a large return, very quickly. They’ve learned to look beyond a great idea to ask questions about the business skills and financial investments of the company’s founders and core staff; a company’s growth and marketing plans; the state of competition; and when they expect to make a profit.Four local companies — three from Southwest Washington and one now based in Portland — entered the “shark tank” Tuesday evening at Clark County PubTalk, making their best pitches to a panel of five business investors and experts. The presenters ranged from a self-described geek inventor with the Camas company Focus Designs, which makes self-balancing unicycles, to the practical-minded ePark Systems, based in Woodland, which has devised an in-vehicle parking meter that can be used in place of on-street meters.Other presenters were Epoch Inc. of Vancouver, which is creating technology for storage and organization of media production; and On The Go Platforms, registered in Washington but operating in Portland, which is developing software for the budding Smart Glasses technology.In the end, the “sharks” gave their highest ratings to On The Go Platforms, which offered the most detailed presentation. The second-place prize went to Focus Designs, which delivered the flashiest presentation, with David Martschinske, the company’s young chief operating officer, riding a unicycle up the aisle at the event at the Fort Vancouver Artillery Barracks.last_img

Historic 6Point Day today

first_imgBangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Photo: BSSThe historic Six-Point Day, marking the demand for autonomy for the then East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, is being observed on Friday across the country in a befitting manner.On 7 June in 1966, father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman launched a massive movement against the misrule of the Pakistanis on the basis of the six-point demand, the Magna Carta of the Bengalis demanding autonomy for the then east Pakistan.Eleven people, including Manu Mian, Shafique and Shamsul Haque, were gunned down by the police and paramilitary EPR on 7 June 1966 in Dhaka and Narayanganj during a hartal called for the release of Bangabandhu and other leaders detained for launching the Six-Point Movement against the then barbaric ruling clique.Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman launched his historic six-point political and economic programme in Lahore on 5 February in 1966, aiming at attaining greater autonomy for the then East Pakistan in the backdrop of exploitation and discrimination by the then Pakistani rulers.The six-point demands were – creating provision in the constitution for a Federation of Pakistan in its true sense based on the Lahore resolution, the federal government will deal with only two subjects: defence and foreign affairs, introduction of two separate, but freely convertible currencies for East and West Pakistan, vesting the power of taxation and revenue collection with the federating units, maintaining two separate accounts for the foreign exchange earnings of the two wings and creation a separate militia or paramilitary force for East Pakistan.President M Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on the eve of the six-point day.In his message, president Hamid paid rich tributes to the memories of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and all who embraced martyrdom to implement the six-point demand.Terming the historic six-point demand the milestone in the country’s long struggle for independence, he said through the six-point demand, Bangabandhu presented political, economic, social and cultural interests of East Bengal.The president said the six-point demand contained the framework of independence and autonomy of Bangalee nation.After the announcement of six-point demand, the president said the Pakistani rulers repeatedly arrested Bangabandhu and tortured him inhumanly, which could not deter him from the path of movement.In her message, prime minister Sheikh Hasina said the present government is firmly committed to keep intact the democratic right of the people imbued with the spirit of all democratic movements and struggles, including the historic 7 June.She said the historic 7 June is an unforgettable and significant day in the history of Bangladesh.“The historic movement for six-point demand, declared by greatest Bengali of all time Bangabandhu, took an important turn on 7 June, 1966,” she said.The PM said police and the then EPR had opened fire on unarmed people during the movement announced by Awami League to realize the six-point demand, the charter of freedom of Bangalee nation.Eleven people including Manu Mian, Shafique and Shamsul Haque in Dhaka and Narayanganj had embraced martyrdom on that day, she addedThe prime minister showed profound respect to the memories of all martyrs of the struggle for independence including those of the 7 June.She vowed to materialise the dream of the martyrs of 7 June turning the country into a middle income one by 2021 and developed one by 2041.To mark the day, different socio-political organisations including Awami League, its associate bodies and like-minded socio-cultural organisations have drawn up elaborate programmes.The Awami League’s programmes include hoisting of the national and party flags atop Bangabandhu Bhaban at Dhanmondi and central office in the capital and all unit offices across the country.Leaders and workers of Awami League and its front organisations will place floral wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu at Bangabandhu Bhaban at Dhanmondi around 9.30am.AL general secretary Obaidul Quader in a statement urged all, including party men, to observe the day across the country in a befitting manner.last_img

Air India crash becomes Indias worst air disaster in decade

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X Officials have confirmed that 158 people have died after Air India Express IX812 from Dubai to Mangalore overshot the runway and plunged over a cliff upon landing at the airport on Saturday.Carrying 160 passengers and six crew members, the disaster has now made its mark in India’s history as the worst air disaster in a decade.  Earlier confusion over the number of survivors have now been confirmed as eight not seven.  Those who survived are understood to have been sitting in the middle of the plane.  They were believed to have been able to jump free from the Boeing 737-800 before the plane burst into flames.“The accident occurred after the aircraft landed at Mangalore airport and overshot the runway,” confirms Air India, parent company of Air India Express.Nearly all of the 156 bodies have now been recovered, identified and relatives contacted, adds Air India.Both black boxes of the Boeing aircraft have now been recovered by investigators who will now probe the cockpit recorder as well as the flight data recorder for more information on how the aircraft overshot the runway.India’s air traffic control has since confirmed that visibility was good the morning of the crash, though there had been a light drizzle it was not raining at the time.  Nothing appeared to be at fault during the descent and initial touch-down.Eye-witnesses on scene have reported that a wheel may have burst on the runway, but no reports have yet been handed down by air crash investigators. <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img

14 Oaks Hotels Resorts properties take out TripAdvisor awards

first_imgOaks Bangkok Sathorn14 Oaks Hotels & Resorts properties take out TripAdvisor awardsOaks Hotels & Resorts teams are thrilled 14 of their Australian and overseas property portfolio have been honoured with TripAdvisor’s Certificate in Excellence Award, and two properties given a coveted TripAdvisor Hall of Fame title!Each year TripAdvisor honours select accommodation, attraction and restaurant providers that meet elite standards in hospitality, and consistently demonstrate a commitment to their guests’ experiences.Oaks WRAP on SouthbankFrom Bangkok to Brisbane, Oaks properties the world-over received the most important accolade; an award voted by guests, with Certificate in Excellence Awards for 2018 presented to; Oaks on William; Oaks Lagoons; Oaks Oasis; The Milton Brisbane; Oaks Bangkok Sathorn, Oaks Seaforth Resort, Oaks Metropole Hotel, Oaks Liberty Towers, Oaks Grand Gladstone, Oaks Mon Komo, Oaks Woollangabba, Oaks Liwa Heights, Oaks WRAP on Southbank and Oaks South Yarra.Using a strict and unique algorithm, TripAdvisor determines Certificate of Excellence honourees by taking into consideration quality, quantity and currency of reviews over a 12-month period, as well as a business’s tenure and popularity ranking on the site. To qualify for the accolade, a business must uphold at least four out of five stars and receive a minimum number of reviews for the 12-month period.Oaks Metropole HotelOaks Metropole Hotel and Oaks Bangkok Sathorn also took out the highly-esteemed TripAdvisor Hall of Fame title, which is only awarded to hospitality organisations who have received the Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years.“At Oaks Hotels & Resorts we strive to ensure our guests receive the highest quality in accommodation, customer service and property experiences, so to see a number of our hotels recognised for their on-going efforts is a credit to both their hard work and diligence,” said Chief Operations Officer for Oaks Hotels & Resorts, Craig Hooley.As further testament to the groups focus on providing exceptional guest experience, Cypress Lakes Golf and Country Club – located on-site at Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort – was also recognised with a Certificate of Excellence, taking the total tally to 15! This follows the championship golf course also being ranked amongst the Australian Golf Digest’s Top 100 Courses in February, and Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort being named Australia’s Best Golf Hotel for 2017.“We acknowledge TripAdvisor as an extremely important customer satisfaction tool in the hotel industry. Our teams have excelled in not only meeting, but exceeding the expectations of our guests and it reflects our strengthening brand. With that in mind, seeing our guests give us five star ratings, as well as recommend Oaks to fellow travellers is incredibly rewarding and something we are very proud of,” Mr Hooley said.For more information please visit: = Oaks Hotels & Resortslast_img

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first_img Trump says U.S. will impose tariffs on extra US$30 … You might also be interested in China said it is “shocked” after the U.S. announced plans for an additional US$200 billion of tariffs, escalating a trade war between the two countries.The announcement came just days after the U.S. imposed 25% tariffs for US$34 billion of goods on China, which quickly responded by imposing duties of its own. Both are planning to increase the duties to US$50 billion shortly.Beijing described Washington’s latest threat as “totally unacceptable,” saying it would harm the world. “It is totally unacceptable for the United States to publish the tariffs list in an accelerated manner. We express our solemn protest. The behavior of the United States is hurting China, hurting the world, and hurting itself. This irrational behavior is not desirable.””The Chinese is shocked by the actions of the US. In order to safeguard the core interests of the country and the fundamental interests of the people, the Chinese government will, as always, have to make the necessary counter-measures.”The tariffs implemented by China include the major U.S. fruit exports to the Asian country, including cherries, citrus and apples. The list of some 6,000 products the U.S. said it would target include Chinese produce items such as garlic, nuts, pears, apples and July 11 , 2018 center_img Shoppers will pay the price as U.S.-China trade wa … U.S. announces $16B trade war relief package … Japanese apple saplings reportedly sold illegally … last_img

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first_img1. Select a departure and destination city (or airport)2. Select ‘Flexible? View whole month.’3. Click the green ‘search’ button4. On the next screen, just click the drop down month menuThis then shows you flight prices across the year. We recently gave Skyscanner a brand new look and feel. One of the features we have altered is searching flight prices for a whole year. This functionality is still on Skyscanner but it has changed a little.To browse flight prices over the year now, just: RelatedSkyscanner tips and tools: how to search flight prices across whole monthWant to find the very best flight prices? If you’re flexible on when you fly, use Skyscanner’s ‘whole month’ search tool to find the cheapest day to travel to your chosen destination. Read on to find out how to browse and bag the best flight for you.App happy: Introducing the Skyscanner app that will save you time and money on travelSay hello to Skyscanner’s 3-in-1 app for IOS and Android. We’ve made it even easier to compare flight prices, find hotel deals or hire a car by combining all three into one smart app. So, whether you want to book a work trip or a family holiday, find out how…Skyscanner Android app version 2 launchedSkyscanner Android app version 2 launchedcenter_img Can I search from (or to) entire countries with year view?At the moment you must select a city to city (or airport) pair, to see prices across the year.Why did you change ‘year view’ search?Showing you the cheapest flights across the whole year is one of the things we know people love about Skyscanner, so we haven’t removed this functionality; we’ve just made it more integrated with the rest of the site.The previous year view showed you the prices for all the months, now you can find that information directly in the month view.We hope that this information available on the same page as the month view will make your browsing faster and easier, and ensure more accurate prices too.If you have any further questions or feedback about the new site please contact us via:Facebook: wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img

Cyprus recognizes the successful presence of UNFICYP National Guard Chief says

first_imgNational Guard Chief Lieutenant General Ilias Leontaris has said that the Republic of Cyprus recognizes the long-standing successful presence of the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) and the effective implementatin of its mandate, adding that the mission creates the conditions for the resumption of the negotiations for a Cyprus settlement.Addressing the 3rd UN Conference for UN Chiefs of Defence Conference entitled  “Generating Capabilities to Meet High-Performance Requirements”, that took place in New York on July 10 and 11, Leontaris  said that apart from its voluntary annual contribution which covers 1/3 of UNFICYP`s budget, the Republic of Cyprus actively supports, to the extent it is able to do so, other UN peacekeeping operations with staff and means, as well as by providing facilities, means and services within Cyprus.According to an official press release issued here, Leontaris represented the Republic of Cyprus at the Conference, accompanied by other officials of the National Guard General Staff, at the invitation of the UN Military Adviser, Lieutenant General, Carlos Humberto Loitey.The National Guard Chief had on the sidelines of the Conference a series of meetings of high-ranking UN officials, Chiefs of Staff from other countries and the EU Military Committee Chairman, whom he briefed on the situation and the developments in the Southeastern Mediterranean.During his stay in New York, Leontaris also met with Archbishop of America Elpidoforos, whom he congratulated for his election and enthronement. Moreover he attended a dinner hosted in his honour by the Federation of Cypriot American Organizations.Comprising military and civilian personnel from various contributing countries, UNFICYP arrived in Cyprus in March 1964 after intercommunal fighting broke out. The mandate of the force is renewed every six months by the UN Security Council.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityReassurance for your refugeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndo Authorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoNicosia will use ‘all diplomatic means at its disposal’ to counter Turkish actionsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

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