Proposed Changes to Protect Tenants and Landlords

first_imgThe province is taking steps to better protect the rights of Nova Scotia tenants and landlords. Through amendments introduced today, Nov. 29, to the Residential Tenancies Act, the proposed changes continue to balance the needs of tenants and landlords and will improve the process to resolve issues. “We understand that Nova Scotians want a residential tenancies system that is up to date and effective,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “After consulting with tenants and landlords, this act will reflect what we heard and continues to balance the rights and responsibilities of both.” The proposed amendments include: “With more than 100,000 rental units in Nova Scotia, I’m pleased to say that the majority of rental relationships are working well,” said Ms. Jennex. “However, if problems do arise, our updated, modernized changes to the residential tenancies program gives tenants and landlords the information and tools they need to sort out their differences.” Ms. Jennex also introduced amendments to the Condominium Act to correct minor housekeeping items. immediate tenure for all tenants improving the process to deal with unpaid rent a simple process for rent increases in land lease communities (formerly mobile home parks) extending full rights to tenants with fixed-term leases and the ability to award an application fee for successful applicants in the residential tenancies hearing process. last_img read more

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KILLING EVE SEASON 2 FIRST LOOK VILLANELLE LOOKS LIKE SHES IN REAL

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook “Killing Eve” Season 2 is well on its way. For anyone unconvinced, BBC America offered up a pre-weekend treat with a few early glimpses at the new batch of episodes coming next year to the network. Newly minted Golden Globes co-host Sandra Oh returns as Eve Polastri, the MI5 official whose hunt for the prolific assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer) brings the two closer than either of them could have expected.None of the first look photos feature the two together (audiences will have to wait a while for another dinner table summit), but there are plenty of clues as to what kind of new dangers each character will find themselves in once the story picks back up again. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Insite argued in the Supreme Court

first_imgAPTN National NewsInsite is at issue in the Supreme Court of Canada. It’s the country’s only safe injection site, it’s been running since 2003, and it owes its existence to an exemption in the Health Act. Lawyers are telling the Supreme Court to shut Insite’s doors; the people Insite has saved say they should stay open.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has more.last_img

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Postpoll fracas rages on in Bhatpara Madan lodges complaint against BJP

first_imgKolkata: Post-poll violence continued in Bhatpara on Monday, after the area became chaotic on the day of the last phase of the Lok Sabha elections. After the polling process ended on Sunday evening, crude bombs were hurled and bullets were fired in several areas of the Bhatpara Assembly constituency throughout the night.Both BJP and Trinamool Congress accused each other for the violence in Bhatpara. Madan Mitra, the Trinamool candidate contesting from the Bhatpara constituency, lodged a complaint with the Election Commission against BJP workers on Monday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaTill Monday, police initiated two suo moto FIRs and arrested 34 persons for alleged rioting. Additional Director General (ADG), Law and Order, Siddh Nath Gupta informed that section 144 has been imposed in Bhatpara on Monday. After the polling process concluded on Sunday, Meghna, Arya Road and Chalta Road areas turned into battlegrounds as workers of both the parties got involved in clashes. It has been alleged that BJP backed goons attacked Trinamool workers and set fire to some of their houses. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaySince Sunday night, Rapid Action Force (RAF) and Combat Force along with Central Forces were deputed in the area, to maintain law and order. On Monday, Mitra went to the EC along with Trinamool youth leader Samrat Topadar and lodged a complaint against BJP for allegedly instigating violence in Bhatpara. “On Sunday, Central Forces practically gave protection to the hooligans who had hurled crude bombs targeting my car. Arjun Singh is spreading lies stating that I had instigated violence with the help of outsiders, when he is the person who is creating violence,” said Mitra. Meanwhile, BJP workers and supporters put up a blockade at Kankinara railway station since 7:05 am on Monday morning. As a result, train services were disrupted on the Sealdah-Ranaghat section for almost two and a half hours. Following this, BJP workers agitated in front of Jagaddal police station, demanding immediate release of the persons arrested. Later, police intervened and forced the BJP workers to withdraw the agitation. Normal services resumed in the section after 9:13 am. Due to the blockade for such a long time during peak hours, 20 local trains had to be cancelled. Seven Up and four Down local trains had to be short terminated, while 13 local trains ran late. As a result, daily commuters had to face immense harassment. A RAF personnel was hit by a bullet fired by miscreants on Sunday. The injured person, identified as Raju Dey, was rushed to a private hospital in Mukundapur where he underwent a major surgery on Monday. Several others were also injured in shootouts across the area. The bullet had entered through the cheek bone on the right side of his face and got stuck under the right ear, next to a crucial nerve. After almost two and half hours of surgery, the bullet was extracted.last_img read more

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TangierMed Authorities Arrest Moroccan Carrying Dangerous Weapons

Rabat – Authorities at Tangier-Med port arrested a Moroccan man who resides in France today for carrying dangerous weapons abroad in a caravan pulled by his car.The search operation was conducted by a unit within the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) equipped by dogs trained especially for this kind of operations.The 31-year-old suspect, who also holds French nationality, had hidden a rifle and a large amount of ammunition in the caravan. Authorities also seized a cutlass and a military uniform. Every summer, many Moroccans who live overseas come back to spend holidays with their family via ferry into Tangier-Med, Tanger ville, and Nador.Of the 531,146 Moroccans living abroad who returned to Morocco for the 2018 summer, 60 percent came by airplane while 40 percent came by sea and roads. read more

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UN agencies expand emergency operations in stormstricken Caribbean

In the last week the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has tripled the quantity of food it has distributed, feeding some 217,000 people in the impoverished Caribbean State.Since 14 September WFP has delivered 1,000 tons of rice, beans, cooking oil, fresh water and other supplies with the help of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the peacekeeping mission to Haiti, known by its French acronym MINUSTAH.“Despite challenging conditions that mean we can only transport by air or sea, we have increased the amount of food we are getting to people who are in desperate need,” said WFP Country Director Myrta Kaulard.She added that logistical support from the United States, Canada and Spain, as well as a $1 million donation from the European Commission, had helped kick-start the emergency aid operation. A $108 million appeal launched last week by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has only received 2 per cent of the funding required for relief and recovery assistance over the next six months. “Although the waters have resided and the situation in Gonaïves [the city hardest hit by the recent storms] is returning more and more to normal, some 158,600 are still without permanent shelter,” said OCHA spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs.“The Haitians are facing higher food prices and an increase in cases of malaria. One of the main challenges is to clean the cities that are filled with mud and garbage and there is still no electricity in Gonaïves,” added Ms. Byrs at a press briefing in Geneva.WFP reported that the four tropical storms – Fay, Gustav, Hanna and Ike – that hit Haiti one after the other over the past month have destroyed homes, livelihoods, crops and the entire road system. Storm damage has left seven of the mountainous country’s key bridges impassable and Gonaïves completely cut off from the rest of Haiti, with 40 per cent of the city still underwater.WFP staff in Gonaïves are working alongside the MINUSTAH blue helmets in thigh-high mud and water, often distributing food after nightfall to avoid violence breaking out as crowds rush to distribution points, according to the agency’s press release.WFP is also urgently appealing for $54 million to provide food and assistance as well as logistical support for the relief and recovery operation over the next six months.Meanwhile in Cuba, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) has secured $524,000 to re-equip health facilities and provide maternal and child health care on the southern coast of the island after Gustav and Hanna caused widespread damage to medical facilities. WHO has developed a $1.2 million project, almost half of which has been funded by the UN, to buy medical supplies, including beds, as well as sterilizing and operating equipment.The priority for WHO is to ensure that health-care needs are met, particularly those of vulnerable groups, such as pregnant women, children, the elderly, the disabled and injured, according to its press release.The project aims to ensure access to health services for nearly 200,000 people now living in shelters and another 2 million affected by the storms in Cuba’s eastern and western provinces. 17 September 2008United Nations agencies are ramping up their relief efforts in hurricane-ravaged Haiti, where some 160,000 people are still living out in the open exposed to disease and malnutrition, the humanitarian wing of the UN reported today. read more

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Security Council orders assets of exLiberian leader Charles Taylor frozen

The Council acted unanimously in a resolution calling on all States to freeze any assets in their jurisdiction that were owned by “former Liberian President Charles Taylor, his immediate family members, in particular Jewell Howard Taylor and Charles Taylor, Jr., senior officials of the former Taylor regime, or other close allies or associates” as designated by a Security Council sanctions committee.The text also contains provisions exempting basic expenses, including payment for food, rent, mortgage, medicines and medical treatment, taxes, insurance premiums, public utility charges, or payment of reasonable professional and legal fees.The Council committee will help governments while expecting them to report on all actions they had taken to trace and freeze the Taylor assets, according to the measure.A previous resolution had forbidden the Taylors and their allies to enter or transit through any country except for Nigeria, where the former Liberian leader lives in exile. He has been charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity, including murder, rape and terrorism in Sierra Leone, by that country’s Special Court. read more

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Bryan Stow in Attendance At Giants Game 2 Win

Bryan Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan who was attacked and beaten by two men at Dodger Stadium on opening day 2011, was in attendance Thursday night as the Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers 2-0 in game 2 of the World Series.Stow, who was a guest on the behalf of the team, was accompanied by his family in what is believed to be his first game since the vicious attack.  Where he was watching the game from in AT&T  Park was not divulged because the family requested for privacy.Fans cheered during the game as the scoreboard greeted Stow with the message “Welcome to Bryan Stow and his family.”Stow’s presence in the park was not only felt from the fans, but management as well.“We are truly thrilled to have Bryan with us tonight at the World Series,” Giants CEO Larry Baer said. “It’s been a long road back. We’re very grateful he has progressed and could join us.”The March 31, 2011 attack left Stow in a medically induced coma at a Los Angeles hospital, which left him with serious skull and brain injuries, from some of which he may never fully recover. It has taken him months to speak and walk outdoors.Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood were arrested by the Los Angles Police Department on July 22, 2011, in connection with assault of Stow. The LAPD initially arrested Giovanni Ramirez for the attack, but later exonerated him of all charges.The two suspects have been ordered to stand trial after a six-day preliminary hearing that included graphic testimony from witnesses who heard Stow’s skull hit the pavement.The Giants have showed their continue support for Stow by raising more than $70,000 for the Bryan Stow Fund in 2011. Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum gave $25,000 to assist in the rehabilitation of San Francisco fan.In the Giants home-opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates this season, they allowed Stows’ 13-year-old son Tyler to throw the ceremonial pitch, while his father appeared on the jumbotron.The family has been able to inform the public about Stow’s process through their blog. In their recent post Oct. 9 they stated:”As always, there are good days and not so good days. Despite the extra bone growth he developed, he still is working hard in all his therapies,” the update reads. ”It is painful for him and he is adamant that his fingers are broken (they aren’t) and one time insisted he had a broken foot. His memory is very unpredictable and we don’t know what he will remember and what he won’t. We imagine that this is something that will be a part of his recovery for a long time.” read more

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Potholes a national disgrace and costing drivers and insurers £1m a month

Potholes are a national disgrace and are now writing off cars, the director of insurance of the AA has warned.The motoring organisation said the number of pothole-related claims it had seen during the first four months of 2018 alone was more than for the whole of 2017.With an estimated average repair bill of around £1,000, the total this year so far comes to “an eye-watering” £4.2 million, The AA said, which equates to more than £1 million per month.Based on its share of Britain’s car insurance market, the broker estimated that nationally, there will have been over 4,200 claims for pothole damage so far this year compared with just over 3,500 estimated claims across last year.Janet Connor, the AA’s director of insurance said: “In most cases the damage caused by a pothole – a ruined tyre or even two tyres and perhaps a wheel rim – doesn’t justify making an insurance claim given that it is likely to lead to the loss of your excess and no-claim bonus. So the claims we are seeing are clearly much worse than that.”Drivers are hitting potholes and ruining their suspension, steering, the underbody of the car, breaking axles and occasionally being knocked off course and hitting other vehicles, kerbs or a lamp-post. “This year we are seeing a growing number of pothole claims described as: ‘car severely damaged and un-driveable’ which didn’t happen at all last year.”The pothole epidemic has become nothing short of a national disgrace.” 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. The AA said a survey of over 17,000 people had found 88 per cent of drivers think roads are in a worse state now than 10 years ago and motorists who fall foul of potholes consider they have no option but to make an insurance claim.Ms Connor added: “Local council budgets have been squeezed to the extent that competing priorities mean they don’t have the resources to keep their roads up to scratch.”Our nation’s highways have become a national embarrassment.” read more

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Golden Dawn trial likely to start in March

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Dozens of members of Greece’s neofascist Golden Dawn including the party’s leader Nikos Michaloliakos and all GD MPs – current and former – are to stand trial, possibly by mid-March, on a string of criminal charges including running a criminal organization, a committee of judges ruled on Wednesday.The decision, issued by a three-member council of criminal appeals court judges, ruled by two votes to one that 72 out of a total of 85 defendants should face trial. One judge proposed more lenient treatment, citing a United Nations convention signed in Palermo in 2000 which stipulates that a group can be categorized as a criminal organization if it can be shown to draw financial profit from its activities. However, despite the objections of Nikolaos Salatas, the two other judges on the panel deemed that the defendants should face charges of running a criminal organization.The defendants include all 18 Golden Dawn MPs elected to Parliament in 2012, including two who have since left the party.A total of 54 party members also face trial, including Giorgos Roupakias, the GD supporter who has admitted to killing rapper Pavlos Fyssas in September 2013.If convicted, the defendants could face up to 20 years in prison.A date for the trial was not set but it is widely expected to begin in March as this is when the maximum 18-month predetention period expires for most GD members in pretrial custody.In a statement on its website after the ruling emerged, Golden Dawn rebuffed the charges again, reiterating that its members are victims of “a political frame-up.”Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Pesticides les producteurs de raisin déboutés et condamnés

first_imgPesticides : les producteurs de raisin déboutés et condamnésFrance – En 2008, une enquête menée par le Mouvement pour le droit et le respect des générations futures (MDRGF) avait révélé au public la présence de pesticides dans la quasi-totalité des échantillons de raisin de table vendus en supermarché. Les producteurs de raisin français avaient alors intenté un procès contre l’association de défense des consommateurs, procès qu’ils viennent de perdre.Mercredi, le tribunal de grande instance de Paris a débouté les producteurs de raisin de table suite à leur plainte contre le MDRGF. Les plaignants réclamaient quelque 500.000 euros de dommages et intérêts pour le dénigrement dont ils estiment avoir été l’objet.À lire aussiQuelle est la différence entre le vin rouge et le vin blanc ?Reconnaissant le droit “d’agir et de parler de contamination dans cette affaire”, le TGI ne s’est pas contenté de donner raison à l’association de défense des consommateurs, mais a également condamné les producteurs à verser un euro symbolique pour procédure abusive ainsi que 2.000 euros pour les frais d’avocat du MDRGF.”Le juge a reconnu que ce genre de travail visait à faire évoluer la législation” s’est félicité François Veillerette, le président de l’association. Cette dernière souhaite aujourd’hui “revenir à des rapports normaux avec les producteurs et discuter avec eux afin de faire évoluer les pratiques” a-t-il ajouté.Une proposition que la Fédération des producteurs de raisin aura sans doute bien du mal à accepter puisqu’elle continue à affirmer que l’enquête du MDRGF a “porté atteinte à l’image et à l’activité de la filière”.Le 11 février 2010 à 19:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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EY offers flexible working to support worklife balance and business performance

first_imgEmployee Benefits Live 2016: EY promotes flexible working among its employees in order to support a high-performance culture and a diverse workforce.Addressing delegates in his keynote speech at Olympia National, London, Steve Varley, UK chairman and managing partner at EY, spoke about why a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture is a key part of the organisation’s competitive advantage.With 15,000 UK employees, ranging from graduate trainees to trained auditors, EY promotes a culture that attracts and retains key talent, while offering employees a working environment to help them thrive and deliver an outstanding service to its clients.Varley said: “Our purpose as a firm is to build a better working world.”A key part of this aspiration is supporting employees’ work-life balance with a flexible working programme. Key to this is an open and candid conversation about how, when and where an individual would want to work, and how this could balance with the needs of teams and clients.Varley said: “Once we have recruited our people, how do we ensure that we are able to fulfil their career aspirations and offer working arrangements that will help support them throughout the different stages of their careers with us?“We refuse to let people be forced out of a career because we couldn’t be flexible enough to accommodate their situation. Our underlying philosophy is that if we are able to get the best out of our people, by accommodating their needs, then the organisation as well as the individual benefits.”Alongside the flexible working programme, EY introduced more shared parental leave that offers its employees greater flexibility and choice over how their children are cared for in the first year of their life; for example, it offers 39 weeks enhanced pay.Varley said: “We hope that this will empower parents to make choices about childcare that suit their own individual circumstances and hopefully they will not have to make sacrifices in their working lives and careers.”He added: “We believe it creates greater equality for fathers, adoptive parents and same-sex couples; giving our people greater control over their work and home lives helps us to create a high-performance culture.”EY also offers career and family coaching to all parents taking or returning from parental leave, as well as support through its parents network, one of 50 employee networks in the organisation.last_img read more

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Faking a smile may not make you happier study

first_imgFaking a smile may not make you happier after all, according to a large new study which contradicts the belief that our body’s movements can affect our mood.The idea that faking a smile may brighten our mood, which came out of a psychological experiment from the 1980s, may not be true, as scientists were not able to repeat the results in a lab setting.In the facial-feedback hypothesis, dating back to 1988, participants rated the humour of cartoons while inadvertently mimicking either a smile or a pout. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe participants were simply asked to hold a pen in their mouths, either with their lips (which pushes the face into a frown-like expression) or their teeth (which mimics a smile).The participants who used the pen to mimic a smile rated the cartoons as funnier.Now, a new study on 1,894 participants has found no evidence that such an effect exists, ‘Live Science’ reported. Eric-Jan Wagenmakers, the lead researcher of the replication attempt from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and colleagues in 17 labs around the world recruited participants and repeated the pen-in-mouth experiment. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThey used the same cartoon series, ‘The Far Side,’ that was used in the 1988 experiments, but they selected different cartoon panels, which they tested among outside raters to ensure that the raters reached consensus that each cartoon used in the study was “moderately funny.” “None of the experiments yielded a statistically reliable effect individually,” Wagenmakers said.“Overall, these are the kind of data you would expect to see if you tried to replicate an effect that doesn’t exist or is so small you can’t find it with the paradigm you were using,” he said.last_img read more

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Act Fast Apple Mac mini Now 100 Off

first_imgLooking for a current-gen Mac that doesn’t cost a grand? For a limited time you can snag one of our favorite Macs at an all-time low price. Currently, Amazon has the Editor’s Choice 2018 Apple Mac mini on sale for $699. That’s $100 off and the lowest price we’ve ever seen for this Mac. It’s one of the best Apple deals you can get, especially for students. (Note: Orders will ship on September 9).Apple Mac mini 2018: was $799 now $699 @ AmazonThe Mac Mini is a great desktop computer suitable for your everyday needs. It features a 3.6GHz six-core Core i3 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. For a limited time, it’s $100 off.View DealThe 2018 Mac mini packs a 3.6GHz six-core Core i3 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. In our Apple Mac mini 2018 review, we loved its compact size, upgradable RAM, 4K display support, and Thunderbolt 3 port selection. Though we wish it were a tad more upgradable, we gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars and named it Editor’s Choice for its overall rock-solid performance. With its 7.7 x 7.7 x 1.4-inch design, the Mac mini’s size hasn’t changed since its 2010 debut. However, the new Mac mini weighs a mere 2.6 pounds and features a modern, space-gray anodized finish.Apple revamped the Mac mini’s internal design to accommodate the updated processor. Its cooling system consists of larger vents and a bigger fan to enhance airflow. What’s more, the latest Mac mini offers more traditional SO-DIMM slots. This means you can upgrade the unit’s RAM if needed. The Mac Mini offers plenty of connectivity options. It has four Thunderbolt 3 ports (using USB Type-C connections), two USB 3.0 ports, a single HDMI 2.0 port, a headphone jack for audio, and Gigabit Ethernet. You can add up to two 4K displays as well as external storage and other PC peripherals.(Image credit: Future)In terms of performance, the Mac mini impressed us in our labs. It scored 13,666 points in our Geekbench 4 overall performance test. That beats the Lenovo ThinkCentre M710q Tiny (Core i5/8GB RAM), which scored 8,010 points. Our machine was also able to keep 15 browser tabs open while simultaneously streaming music and video without experiencing any lag.File transfer speeds were equally impressive. It copied over a 4.97GB file folder in just 2 seconds, which translates into 2,544 MBps. That’s faster than the HP Z2 Mini G4 (1,017.8 MBps) and also beats other mini PCs, like the Intel Hades Canyon NUC (310.60 MBps) and the Lenovo ThinkCentre M710q Tiny (169 MBps).With its excellent performance and design, the Mac mini makes for a great value at this price.Apple Mac Mini 2018 Reviewlast_img read more

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Get The IBM Certificate Program Building Chatbots Powered By AI For An

first_imgThis is something that you really don’t want to miss! The world of technology is totally obsessed with Chatbots right now and you could build one on your own! Organizations are always looking for ways to cut their costs and chatbots are just the way. You will be adding something truly amazing to your skill set so get started today. Avail this super awesome discount on IBM Certificate Program: Building Chatbots Powered By AI with Wccftech deals. The offer expires in a few hours, so hurry up!IBM Certificate Program: Building Chatbots Powered By AI featuresWith the help of this program, you will explore a whole new world. With this offer you will get one year of Watson Assistant services as well! A deal like this will not come again! So avail it right away! Here are highlights of what the IBM Certificate Program: Building Chatbots Powered By AI has in store for you: Access 3 complete courses & 17 lessons 24/7 Understand what chatbots are, why they are revolutionary, & the business opportunity they represent Learn how to leverage Watson Assistant & its AI capabilities to build and deploy chatbots on your website or Facebook Messenger Master the key principles of good chatbot design Discover how to create Node-RED applications to connect Watson Assistant with otherWatson services & data sources to make your chatbots smarter Understand how to integrate services like Watson Discovery to query data, extract sentiment, reveal emotions & customer preferencesImportant Details Length of access: purchasing the course gives you access as long as the course is available on edX from IBM Access options: web streaming Certification of completion included Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchaseRequirements Internet requiredThe course has been designed by edX, a name you have most probably heard of before. They were created by Harvard University and MIT in 2012 and they are completely invested in providing great solutions to people wanting to learn more.Original Price IBM Certificate Program: Building Chatbots Powered By AI: $297Wccftech Discount Price IBM Certificate Program: Building Chatbots Powered By AI: $257 Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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Costa Rican fishing boat adrift at sea rescued by private yacht

first_imgNo related posts. A 10-meter fishing vessel named the Maria Christina II that had been adrift for six days due to a mechanical failure was rescued by a private yacht on Friday in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Costa Rica, the daily Bermuda Sun reported.The Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received an alert from the yacht, the Golden Odyssey, that its crew had rescued the fishing boat and was towing it to Cocos Island, 550 km off the coast of Costa Rica.Lt. Rodolfo Murillo, operations chief at the Costa Rican Coast Guard, on Monday confirmed that both ships arrived at Cocos Island Saturday, and crew members are in good condition.The disabled boat’s crew is waiting for spare parts before returning to the Pacific port of Puntarenas. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Blooming blue

first_imgRelated posts:Poet Ernesto Cardenal on Gran Canal project: ‘We should denounce to the world what is happening in Nicaragua’ Costa Rica adds yet another claim to ongoing border dispute with Nicaragua Costa Rica finishes work to close artificial canal built by Nicaragua in disputed territory US Marines plan force in Honduras for hurricane season The most productive garden in Costa Rica just got rid of a bunch of destructive bulldozers stealing the biggest fruits.For decades, nets bigger than your house have plowed the Pacific for tuna, killing all sorts of denizens of the deep, including dolphins, when they are accidentally ensnared as bycatch. Starting a few weeks from now, the tuna dozers have been instructed to leave the area.President Laura Chinchilla decreed that these mayhem machines should wreak their havoc more than 60 miles from our rich coast. She told the tuna ships they could do their thing 60-200 miles offshore. The tuna ships are still welcome by the government in most of Costa Rica’s Pacific, but it’s time to move on out.The new regulations will protect some of the most bio-productive ecosystems in Costa Rica. Some of the largest known dolphin pods in the world (such as the spinner dolphin megapods featured in the BBC1 John Downer Productions Spy in the Pod series this year, will no longer be caught in nets during attempts to round up giant tuna that swim with them. The Pacific will likely bloom like never before.The ocean’s productivity will hopefully respond quickly, with dolphin pods and tuna schools growing to numbers never seen before. The bounty will likely spread all the way to the beaches in a domino effect of recuperating ecosystems.Since the area also covers the diverse seascape of the continental shelf drop-off, the reverberations will be good and deep. The fantastic world of undersea cliffs and canyons plunging from a couple hundred meters to a couple of thousand meters gives the open ocean waters above the greatest bio-productivity in the nation, rivaled only by the shifting Costa Rican area of the Central American Dome, which is much further offshore. Conserving apex predators out to 60 miles offshore will bring back other fish and interconnected life that nobody has even thought about.While the world will be a better place when the slaughter brought on by tuna fleets is curtailed, it’s the international tourists, Central Valley pescado aficionados, and especially coastal communities that will benefit most. The newly enriched oceans will drive a swell of economic activity, and of course all that value will bring its own set of problems.Enforcement of the ocean management plan will be a challenge. Corruption will cause setbacks. But the plan is a positive and decidedly blue adjustment. And there is reason to believe that advances in technology and organization will stop poachers in their wake.The new radars being installed along the coast will light up the massive tuna ships and their helicopters on a screen at coast guard bases onshore. This is a big advance over current methods of driving around a small part of the ocean with a boat or a plane, hoping to find a tuna ship that does not detect the sting on its advanced radar. Tuna ships will also have to carry GPS locators. For the first time, the coast guard will have technology similar to the poachers. And drones patrols and satellite time for Costa Rican seas can’t be far behind, which will tip the scales.Marine tourism and local fishers will continue to be vocal about poachers in the new area, but now they will have a lot more footing. Sixty miles is about as far as you can do on a day trip from shore, and much of that will be patrolled.Several projects are in the works for private groups to patrol for poachers and report them. Dedicated groups helping with patrols for enforcement is the future of marine conservation. Groups like Sea Shepard, which is saving the whales of Antarctica, show that a difference can still be made even when governments won’t put up the money. Boats with cameras, laptops and media can make poachers disappear if the laws are in place.The decree, which was pushed by fisherman Enrique Ramirez and FECOP, likely also received a boost from the BBC Natural History Units spectacular dolphin shows claiming the biggest dolphin pod they could find on the blue planet.And we should not underestimate The Tico Times reporting on the topic since the 1990s. The first column I wrote in these pages calling out the tuna dozers was in 1998. But Laura Chinchilla made this happen, and it was probably quite a political challenge to get such entrenched, moneyed interests to give up the areas on the map the tuna fleet call Jackpot and Bonanza. No other single decree could have done so much for Costa Rican oceans as moving the tuna dozers far offshore, short of banning them totally. The blue jackpot and bonanza will now be for people and marine life instead of a foreign tuna fishing fleet.Laura Chinchilla’s blue legacy will be that the fruits of Costa Rica’s marine garden will bloom. And perhaps the benefits will bloom most for the biggest resident dolphin pods in the world, along with the massive schools of giant tuna and other life that swim beneath them in the big blue of Costa Rica. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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US embassy urges Haiti to resolve political crisis

first_imgPORT-AU-PRINCE,Haiti – The U.S. embassy in Haiti urged the Caribbean country’s politicians Sunday to find a solution to the political crisis that will soon see its parliament’s mandate end, leaving a perilous political vacuum.In a cruel coincidence, the Monday night deadline falls just as the impoverished nation marks the fifth anniversary of the catastrophic earthquake that killed 300,000 people.Polls to elect new lawmakers have been postponed several times, and no new date has been set.Protesters, who have taken to the streets in near-daily demonstrations, accuse President Michel Martelly of tacitly allowing the parliament to expire in order to rule by decree, while he accuses the opposition of blocking an electoral law that would allow a vote.“The U.S. government notes with grave concern that despite the President’s wide-ranging concessions, parliament has not voted an electoral law to allow for 2015 elections,” the embassy said in a statement.“In the short time remaining before the constitutionally mandated end of the current parliament on January 12, we urge all parties to agree on a framework for parliamentary mandates, a new Provisional Electoral Council, passage of amendments to the electoral law, and the formation of a government of consensus.” Protesters block a street with cars during a march against the government of Haitian President Michel Martelly in Port-au-Prince, on Jan. 11, 2015. Protesters marched through the streets calling for the resignation of the Haitian leader. Héctor Retamal/AFPMartelly was scheduled Sunday to meet with political leaders in a final effort to reach an agreement.A new prime minister, Evans Paul, named by Martelly on Dec. 26, has been unable to take office as a result of the political friction between the president and lawmakers.A group of senators has proposed a new prime minister be chosen.The U.S. Embassy said if no solution was found before the deadline, the U.S. government would “continue to work with President Martelly and whatever legitimate Haitian government institutions remain to safeguard the significant gains we have achieved together since the January 12, 2010 earthquake.”Haiti has struggled to get back on its feet since the 2010 earthquake, and its progress has been hampered by a cholera epidemic likely brought to the country by U.N. peacekeepers. Facebook Comments Related posts:Anti-government protest turns violent in Haiti Haiti opposition cautiously welcomes PM’s resignation Haiti unveils Cabinet to fill political vacuum Haiti postpones presidential runoff votelast_img read more

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Driver injured as bakkie rolls

first_imgThe driver of a Toyota bakkie was injured in a crash this afternoon (Friday) on the P455 (Colenso Pieters road) after the bakkie rolled.It is alleged that the driver was travelling on the road heading towards Colenso when she lost control of the bakkie causing it to go off the roadway and roll down an embankment.The bakkie ploughed through trees and also a fence.The driver was treated on scene for moderate injuries and transported to hospital by Sharaj Ambulance Services.EMRS and Ezakheni police also responded to the scene.Traffic passed with caution, as emergency personnel controlled the situation.Traffic was not obstructed in any way as the bakkie rolled completely off the road. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

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