Province Helps Bridgewater Company Meet Export Demand

first_imgThe province of Nova Scotia is helping a Bridgewater-based manufacturer become more globally competitive. More than 95 per cent of ECI Medical Technologies’ annual sales are exports. A short-term loan of $250,000, provided through the Industrial Expansion Fund, will help the company further realize its export growth potential. “This investment will help ECI meet export demand,” said Richard Hulburt, Minister of Economic Development. “The company uses unique technology and continues to develop new products.” ECI houses a state-of-the-art facility, which manufactures synthetic surgical gloves. This product has a unique market; primarily health-care workers who have allergies to natural rubber latex. ECI has a workforce of 50 with an associated annual payroll of over $1.4 million. The worldwide market for synthetic surgical gloves is estimated at $90 million, with the majority of business taking place in the US and the European Union Countries. ECI is currently in discussions with a potential partner to expand its manufacturing base. “We appreciate the confidence and ongoing support of the province in assisting ECI with achieving our goals,” said Keith Boulter, president and CEO of ECI. The Industrial Expansion Fund offers a variety of financial assistance to help the province’s economy. Over the past two years, it has helped create or maintain more than 3,000 jobs in the province, and has a return on investment of three dollars for every dollar spent.last_img read more

Deepika Padukone joins Ranveer Singh in 83

first_imgMumbai: Deepika Padukone is set to star in upcoming sports drama, “83” with her husband, actor Ranveer Singh. Deepika will essay the role of Romi Dev, wife to cricketing legend Kapil Dev, to be played by Ranveer. Ranveer made the announcement on Wednesday on Instagram. “*drum roll* All smiles as All-star @deepikapadukone joins the #83squad! @83thefilm @kabirkhankk,” he wrote alongside a photo with Deepika and film’s director Kabir Khan. Also Read – ‘Will be acting till I die’ In another post, Ranveer dished put details about his frequent co-star’s role. “Who better to play My Wifey than My Wifey?! @deepikapadukone plays Romi Dev in @83thefilm! Genius casting courtesy @kabirkhankk,” he said. This will be the duo’s fourth collaboration after last year’s release “Padmaavat”. Later, Deepika took to Twitter to confirm her casting. “& on to the next… Thank You @kabirkhankk for this incredible honour! #RomiDev #Day1 @83thefilm @RanveerOfficial,” she wrote. Also Read – ‘Always looking for that one great love’ Kabir said he is excited to have Deepika on board as he was looking for an opportunity to work with her for a long time. “I’m totally thrilled to work with someone I have admired for so long… Welcome to ’83’ @deepikapadukone! You had to be Romi! #83OneMoreTime,” the director wrote on Instagram. “83” will chronicle India’s win under Kapil’s captainship, when the Men in Blue defeated West Indies in the final to clinch their first-ever World Cup trophy in 1983. The much-awaited film will release on April 10, 2020. “83” is produced by Madhu Mantena, Vishnu Induri and Kabir, and presented by Reliance Entertainment. The shooting is underway in Glasgow.last_img read more

Mamatas Didi Ke Bolo hits over 10 lakh responses

first_imgKolkata: The Trinamool Congress’ mass outreach programme, “Didi Ke Bolo” has received over 10 lakh responses in a month, party supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Friday. “I am humbled with the overwhelming response of the people on the ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ platform. In the last 30 days, over 10 lakh people have reached out to us with their words of appreciation for the initiative, valuable suggestions and grievances,” Banerjee wrote on social media. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja “Didi Ke Bolo” (Talk to Didi), is a helpline for people to reach out to the government with their grievances. Thanking the people for their support and acknowledgement, she further wrote: “We take note of their valuable suggestions and are committed to working overtime to resolve their grievances to an extent possible in an expeditious manner.” As many as 10,00,350 people reached out with their grievances, suggestions, appreciation and other miscellaneous messages through phone calls and the website. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway A total of 214 people in distress reached out, of which 161 cases were resolved on priority, the Chief Minister added. The campaign is a brainchild of election strategist Prashant Kishor, who was roped in after the state’s ruling party fared badly in this year’s Lok Sabha elections where the BJP tally jumped to 18 seats from just two in 2014. After Kishor agreed to offer his professional service to the Trinamool Congress, he advised Banerjee to start a “conversation” with her electorate where they can pour their heart out.last_img read more

Supreme Court stresses jail should be the exception for people awaiting trial

first_imgOTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada says making an accused person wait in jail before trial should be the exception, not the rule, in a decision that affirms a key legal safeguard intended to ensure speedy justice.In a 9-0 ruling today, the high court says people accused of crimes are automatically entitled to periodic reviews of their detention under provisions set out in the Criminal Code.In clarifying how the provisions should work, the court says Parliament intended to ensure that people awaiting trial have their cases reviewed by a judge at set points in time to consider whether keeping them in jail is justified.It means jailers must apply to a judge for a hearing on behalf of the accused at the 30-day mark in cases involving lesser offences, and at the 90-day mark in cases involving indictable offences.The case landed at the high court as a result of an appeal by Corey Lee James Myers, who was arrested on several firearms charges in British Columbia three years ago.Though Myers eventually pleaded guilty to reduced charges, he also challenged a decision to keep him in custody pending trial.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

King Mohammed VI visit to the United States a resource for

first_imgNew York- Following a discussion with friends in the media industry, they expressed that there is a lack of articles in English about Morocco and specifically about Morocco-US relations. So, here I am with this modest work that I hope will be used by journalists to cover the two countries’ relations. It’s a selection of op-ed’s, articles and think tank reports.I am sure that these resources will be helpful for all the journalists, bloggers and analysts who will be covering the upcoming visit of King Mohammed VI to the President Obama on Friday, November 22. I am also going to collect quotes from leaders from both countries in order to use them in these articles. Thus, let me know if you are interested in expressing your point of view about the upcoming visit and US-Morocco relations in general. Or, if you are interested to get quotes from leaders of one of the two countries for an article, Send me an email to : all the articles here:Long version : version :© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

UN human rights chief hails work of womens antidiscrimination committee

The 23-member expert body is tasked with ensuring that 185 States parties meet their obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the 1979 treaty – also known as CEDAW – often described as an international bill of rights for women. “The Convention introduced the notion of substantive equality for women, emphasizing that although there may be no overtly discriminatory laws, women are not considered equal until they enjoy, in fact and in reality, the same opportunities and privileges as men,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour stated today at a special ceremony in New York to celebrate the milestone. Under the Convention, States parties have legally committed themselves to take the necessary steps to end all forms of discrimination against women in any field – whether political, economic, social, cultural or civic. Ms. Arbour said the Convention, now ratified by almost the entire international community, marked the “first step in a comprehensive human rights framework for women and girls.” Among the Committee’s achievements, she highlighted the elaboration of the Convention’s Optional Protocol, which enables the expert body, based on certain criteria, to undertake inquiries into possible grave or systematic violations of women’s rights. She also noted that the Committee was a pioneer in addressing issues such as female circumcision, violence against women and HIV/AIDs. “By promoting the Committee and women’s human rights generally, we push the entire human rights agenda forward,” she said. Also among those hailing the work of the Committee was Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, President of the General Assembly, who stated that the panel’s effective monitoring work and guidance has “significantly enhanced the accountability of States for women’s enjoyment of their human rights and shaped the progress of women worldwide.” Today’s ceremony followed the official opening of the Committee’s thirty-ninth session, during which experts will review reports from Belize, Brazil, Estonia, Guinea, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of Korea and Singapore, as well as Cook Islands. Over the last 25 years, the Committee has reviewed over 400 reports from 154 countries. 23 July 2007The top United Nations human rights official today praised the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, as it marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of its work in monitoring States’ compliance with a landmark treaty on the issue. read more

Statistics Canada failing to tell whole story about Canadas job market CLC

OTTAWA — The Canadian Labour Congress is asking Statistics Canada to change the way it reports on unemployment, saying a more fulsome analysis of the data it collects would paint a very different picture of the country’s labour market.The labour group is presenting its findings to the Commons finance committee later Thursday, with officials of the national statistical agency also present and giving testimony.The CLC is making its position known a day before the agency issues its latest labour market findings on Friday, which many economists say will show about 15,000 jobs were created in February, with the unemployment rate hovering at about 7%.And that’s the problem, says the CLC.The agency’s reporting of the past year suggests nothing much has happened in the Canadian labour market when, in fact, plenty has occurred, much of it bad.Statistics Canada numbers have shown that Canada has recouped all jobs lost during the 2008-09 recession and portrays the country as outperforming the United States and most of Europe.But in a paper released prior to the afternoon committee session, the CLC argues that while Statistics Canada’s approach may be accurate it is not detailed enough to convey the true landscape of the labour market.“The economy has not created enough jobs, and those that have been created are disproportionately precarious … more Canadians are unemployed, marginally attached, or simply not engaging in the labour force,” the CLC report states.The biggest omission, says the CLC, is the category economists call “underemployment,” which captures part-time workers who want to be full time, along with the involuntary self-employed and other underutilized workers.That data shows underemployment is twice the 7.0% unemployment rate and, among youth — those in the 15 to 24 year age group — it is almost 28%. As well, there are discouraged workers who have stopped looking for work but would take a job if one could be found.“As work patterns change, with greater use of part-time employees and other forms of precarious labour, the headline unemployment rate becomes less and less useful on its own,” says senior economist Angella MacEwen, the report’s author.“Statistics Canada produces that information, we just want them to publicize it and make it more available to the public.”MacEwen notes that over 80% of the 102,000 jobs created last year — a tiny number in historic terms — were part-time. The problem is especially acute among youth, she adds.TD Bank economist Francis Fong, who tracks youth unemployment, says a “deeper look” into what is happening to the vulnerable group would be useful, although the data Statistics Canada does release already paints a bleak picture, he adds.The most telling number is that the employment rate — the number working as a percentage of the total in the age group — is down to 54.5% from about 60% in 2008, he explained.“The data we have does indicate youth is really suffering this time around,” he said. “The fact of the matter is there are five percentage points of the entire population that used to be working that are no longer working; we’re seeing a structural drop in the demand of youth labour.”And there is little data capturing the number of university graduates who may have found jobs, but not in their field of expertise, or are working gratis in internships.Statistics Canada labour force manager Christel Le Petit said the agency does collect a number of indicators related to underemployment, including involuntary part-timers, marginally attached and discouraged searchers. The data is available in the Cansim database, he said, although it not captured in the labour market survey report the agency publishes each month.MacEwen said better information is just the first step in tackling the problem of underemployment, adding that governments need an “employment strategy” to create better paid and more secure jobs. read more

The Hamilton Honeybadgers

Minus the upcoming world cup, right now is normally called ‘the worst time in sports:” hockey, basketball and football are done and baseball hasn’t hit the fever pitch yet. But come next year, a new Canadian Professional Basketball League is looking to take advantage of that sports void and get Hamiltonians hooked on.The name of city’s new basketball team was revealed: The Hamilton Honey Badgers.Look up ‘honey badger’ online and you’ll quickly learn it’s anything but sweet.They’re fearless and persistent. Traits the people behind newly formed Canadian Elite Basketball League must embody to make this project work.Honey Badger President John Lashway went through this before when he helped bring the Raptors to Toronto. Luckily, 23-years later, the Canadian basketball landscape has changed.“When we first game to Toronto in 1995 you didn’t see basketball hoops up, people weren’t playing. Now there’s an appetite for basketball and it’s the second fastest growing sports in Canada and people can’t get enough of it.”Former General Manager of the Toronto Raptors, Glen Grunwald says, “I never foresaw it but it’s the evolution of basketball that’s taking over Canada.”According to league CEO, and former Ticat, Mike Morreale, the proof is in the players.“13 of which are in the NBA, 160 are playing in Europe and elsewhere, 100 kids are at NCAA schools playing and we have 200 players in USports playing.”The Honey Badgers and the league are hoping that fans will turn out here to watch Canadian talent play.“They’re playing elsewhere during the traditional basketball season and in the offseason they’re hanging out, painting houses, why not give them a chance to play basketball to give the local fans a chance to see them.”It’s a risk local hoop heads think could be a slam dunk.The league will sport six teams, three in this area including Niagara and Guelph. The other three teams are in Saskatoon, Edmonton and Abbotsford, B.C. Ticket information will be revealed later down the road and the season is set to kickoff next May. read more

Alleged mastermind of 1994 Rwanda genocide goes on trial at UN tribunal

In her opening statement, Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte told the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) that the accused were responsible for crimes whose gravity and character shocked the conscience of the world. She said that following the establishment by several verdicts of the ICTR that genocide had been committed in Rwanda, the Prosecution would now reveal those who were behind it.Prosecution Attorney Chile Eboe-Osuji followed Ms. Del Ponte by explaining to the court the complex network of conspiracy behind the genocide in Rwanda and the important and strategic role the four accused – Col. Théoneste Bagosora, Lt. Col. Anatole Nsengiyumva, Maj. Aloys Ntabakuze and Brig. Gen. Gratien Kabiligi – had allegedly played in it.The trial at the Arusha-based ICTR began in the absence of the defendants, who were not in court because they argued that their rights were being violated. The four men asked their attorneys to represent them and the defence team then unsuccessfully argued for the adjournment of the trial because they said they had not received the trial briefs in time and in both English and French, the Tribunal’s official languagesPresiding Judge Lloyd George Williams said that the court would not force the accused to attend their trial; however, he ordered the Registry to write them a letter stating that it was in their interest and in the interest of justice to attend the court proceedings. The other members of the bench are Judges Pavel Dolenc and Andrésia Vaz.The four accused are charged in the joint trial with genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, complicity in genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide, crimes against humanity for murder, extermination, rape, persecution and other inhumane acts. read more

Demining resumes on main Afghan road – UN

The situation continues to be assessed and further work will resume if conditions are considered safe enough for the de-mining teams, Manoel de Almeida e Silva, spokesman for the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), told a briefing in the Afghan capital, Kabul.De-miners along the road had come under renewed rocket attack last week. UNAMA and local authorities have been looking into why they have been frequent targets. There are about 8,000 de-miners in Afghanistan.The Mission has said that whatever the motivation, the impact has been tremendously negative, as about 55 per cent of the areas contaminated by mines and unexploded ordnance is in grazing areas and about 29 per cent of all the contaminated area was agricultural land.Heavy rains, melting snow, floods and mudslides in the north east of the country have recently moved landmines onto or near roads causing a potential danger to people travelling in the area and teams from the UN Mine Action Centre and de-mining non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are set to start mine clearance there today.On a more positive note, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported today that it expected a very good harvest in Afghanistan this year, “probably the best in 25 years for different reasons.”The main reason is sustained and good rainfall in almost all the country from December up to now, allowing farmers to plant a much bigger area than before, FAO Senior Food Advisor Hector Maletta told the briefing. read more

As polls near UNICEF calls on Afghans to make children mothers a

With up to 700 Afghan children under the age of five dying every day due to mostly preventable causes and 70 women losing their lives daily in pregnancy or childbirth, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has launched a new wide-ranging pre-election radio campaign to boost basic education and primary health care.“This campaign aims to raise the debate about what Afghan children and mothers need today, and the priorities for action,” UNICEF country representative Bernt Aasen said of the initiative featuring a series of radio spots with local celebrities calling upon every Afghan to put children first in the interests of a stronger, more prosperous nation.“I hope its message will be heard – and heeded – by all those with an interest in the successful future of Afghanistan. An investment in children today is an investment in the Afghanistan of tomorrow. It is an investment none of us can afford to overlook,” he added. As the country’s parliamentary election campaign enters its final weeks, the campaign – “For every child – advance Afghanistan!” – draws attention to some of the challenges still facing children and their mothers, and identifies possible actions future leaders can take to improve the condition of women and children.It aims to ensure that child rights are not overlooked by the electorate at the 18 September polls, and will serve to remind those ultimately elected of Afghanistan’s commitments under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, despite remarkable progress in areas such as education and health over the last four yearsBeyond the infant and maternal mortality rates, more than 1.2 million primary school age girls are still not attending classes, 20 per cent of primary school age children have to work to support their families, while 40 per cent of Afghan women were married before the age of 18, exposing themselves to health risks and reducing their chances of an education. The campaign highlights the need for more investment in basic education and primary health care, the protection of children from violence and abuse, special measures to support vulnerable children, and increased opportunities for children to better express their own views and ideas.In the weeks before polling day, a number of round-table debates are planned between child rights activists, local community leaders and children, and will be broadcast on national radio in an effort to keep children at the forefront of voters’ minds. read more

CCOVI instructor receives business citizen recognition

Wine writer and CCOVI instructor Christopher Waters (photo courtesy of Barb Tatarnic)A wine writer and longtime Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) instructor who teaches wine appreciation courses at Brock University has been presented with the RBC Business Citizen of the Year award.Christopher Waters received the award for his exceptional service to Canada’s wine industry, especially in Niagara.“It’s an incredible honour to be singled out by the Niagara grape and wine community,” says Waters. “Especially since it was the local winemakers and grape growers who were my inspiration for starting out as a wine writer.”The RBC Ontario Awards event, which is part of the kick off to the annual Niagara Wine Festival, honours business citizens chosen from a list of candidates presented by members of Ontario’s grape and wine industry.“Chris has been an incredible supporter and cheerleader of Niagara’s growing wine industry for more than 10 years,” says Debbie Inglis, director, CCOVI. “He is a valued member of our CCOVI team and we are so proud of all his accomplishments.”Waters is co-founder and editor of Vines, a national consumer magazine aimed at Canadians who buy, drink and enjoy wine and are passionate about the subject. For the past 13 years, he has worked as a professional wine writer and educator.His wine column, “Waters & Wine,” is syndicated through Sun Media Corporation, Canada’s largest newspaper publisher. It appears weekly in such papers as the Toronto Sun, Calgary Sun and London Free Press, as well as community papers throughout Ontario, including the Kingston Whig-Standard, Niagara Falls Review and St. Catharines Standard – where it originated in 2000.In addition, Waters is head judge of the InterVin International Wine Awards and on staff at Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, where he develops and teaches wine appreciation courses and instructs programs for the UK-based Wine Spirits Education Trust.He received the VQA Promoters’ Award for education in March 2011. read more

Wheelchair hill race to raise funds for Brock University Power Cord program

A unique fundraiser taking place this weekend that will have people racing uphill in wheelchairs all started with a simple question about community involvement.Brock University alumnus Eric Mukendi (BBA ’07) is a member of the University’s Power Cord exercise program for individuals with spinal cord injuries. He recently completed a study with Applied Health Sciences graduate student Scott Donia that compared two different strength training protocols. The study looked at the changes of individual muscular strength, functional capability and psychological well-being.“One of the questions I was asked got me thinking about what I could do to become more involved,” says Mukendi.The question was “how satisfied are you with your contributions to your community, neighbourhood, religious, or other group?” says Donia.It was a turning point for Mukendi.“The Power Cord program has helped me to become stronger and I wanted to find a way to contribute and get involved,” he says.The result was the C6 Wheelchair Challenge, a two kilometre, uphill wheelchair race that Mukendi has been planning for the past four months. It will take place on Concession 6 Road in Niagara-on-the-Lake starting at 9 a.m. Saturday.Mukendi says it was through the support of friends and the skills he learned while at Brock University that he was able to secure sponsors, get the necessary permissions and start finding participants.“Power Cord and the Brock-Niagara Centre for Health and Well-Being are extremely grateful for the efforts of Eric in initiating this fundraising event. The proceeds will go towards Power Cord and spinal cord injury research,” says Brock kinesiology professor David Ditor.Brock RECL student and wheelchair track racing Paralympian Jessica Lewis, who is currently in Rio for the 2016 Paralympic Games, said she thought the C6 Wheelchair Hill Challenge was a great idea.“Exercising and being active can provide you with many benefits personally and socially and can help you be the best you can be. It also shows that just because you are differently abled doesn’t mean you can’t achieve anything you set your mind to,” she says.The C6 Wheelchair Hill Challenge will take place on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon on Concession 6 Road south of York Road in Niagara-on-the-Lake.The event is open to everyone – regardless of physical abilities. Wheelchairs will be provided by For the Needy Not the Greedy, Motion Specialties and Niagara Wheelchairs and Seating. Walking or biking the route is also an option.The event is sponsored by The Mansion House and Kully’s Original Sports Bar.For more information visit: read more

Wrestling Tomasello and Moore win consolation bracket finish third

OSU then-redshirt sophomore Nathan Tomasello competes in a match against Arizona State on Nov. 13.Credit: Courtesy of OSUST. LOUIS — With the consolation bracket finished at the 2017 Division I NCAA Wrestling Championships, two Buckeyes have finished in third place in their weight class, while two others finished in the top five.Top-seeded redshirt junior Nathan Tomasello, at 133 pounds, and No. 3 197-pounder and redshirt freshman Kollin Moore won out their consolation bracket to finish in third place, while 149-pound redshirt sophomore Micah Jordan and 184-pound sophomore Myles Martin finished fourth and fifth, respectively.Tomasello wrestled Michigan’s Stevan Micic for the third-place finish, an opponent the junior Buckeye is plenty familiar with.“I’ve probably wrestled Micic six or seven times already in my career, so it’s just (about) being strong, knowing that he knows almost everything you show him,” Tomasello said. “I think I was able to get to my offense a little better than the last two times I wrestled, so hopefully I can keep that up going into next year.”This marks the second consecutive year Tomasello has finished in third, but this year’s bronze finish came in a higher weight class. Tomasello won a national championship as a redshirt freshman in 2015 at 125 pounds.Moore won with an emphatic pin in the first period over Virginia Tech’s Jared Haught. Moore used a barrel roll — a move he said his dad taught him — to seal his win.“I’ve been doing the same move since I was a little kid, and it’s the one that’s always worked for me,” Moore said. “My dad always told said, ‘Keep the arm, the arm’s the key.’ I got the arm, I got the pin.”Moore’s father, Jon Moore, was a decorated Ohio high school wrestler and his high school coach.“My dad just grabbed me after semis and said, ‘You’ve got to take third place for yourself. If you don’t, you’ll regret it.’” Moore said. “It’s what I came here to do today and I got it done.”Jordan faced off against Iowa’s Brandon Sorensen yet again, and Sorensen was able to take the matchup and push Jordan to fourth place.Jordan defeated Sorensen 3-2 at Big Ten championships, but was eliminated from the championship bracket by Sorensen Friday, and then lost again — this time 4-0 — in the consolation finals.Martin also lost to a familiar Big Ten foe: Iowa’s Sammy Brooks. Martin lost his Big Ten championship match to Brooks, then was ousted to the fifth-place match by Brooks at the NCAA tournament.In that match, however, Martin did not disappoint. Taking on Oklahoma State’s No. 4 Nolan Boyd, Martin was relentless.Martin scored the first points of the match with a takedown and never relinquished the lead. He went on to beat Boyd 10-6.The Buckeyes have two more wrestlers competing for NCAA championships Saturday night: No. 3 174-pounder Bo Jordan and No. 1 heavyweight Kyle Snyder. Snyder is appearing in his third championship and looking to win his second, while Bo Jordan is making his first appearance.Both finals matchups will be rematches of the Big Ten championships at those weights. Snyder will wrestle Wisconsin’s No. 2 Connor Medbery and Bo Jordan will take on Penn State’s No. 5 Mark Hall.The Buckeyes won both matches at the Big Ten tournament.Penn State has clinched the team title at the NCAA Wrestling Championships with 122 points, so the best Ohio State can do is finish second. After session five, the Buckeyes are in good position, currently sitting in second place with 106 points. Oklahoma State is in third with 99. read more

Facebook aurait atteint les 750 millions de membres

first_imgFacebook aurait atteint les 750 millions de membresUne source proche de l’entreprise a annoncé que Facebook aurait atteint la barre symbolique des 750 millions de membres.Si Facebook n’a pas encore officiellement communiqué sur le sujet, cela ne devrait pas tarder si l’information se confirme. Car quelle meilleure publicité pour le réseau social que ces chiffres absolument démentiels. Une source proche de l’entreprise a ainsi expliqué au site TechCrunch, que Facebook aurait passé les 750 millions de membres actifs dans le monde.La dernière fois que l’entreprise californienne s’était exprimée à ce sujet, c’était pour annoncer avoir atteint les 500 millions de membres. On devrait donc en savoir plus dans les prochains jours. Rappelons qu’un membre actif représente toute personne qui s’est connectée à sa page Facebook au moins une fois durant les 30 derniers jours. La barre du milliard de membres pourrait ainsi être passée très bientôt…Le 27 juin 2011 à 11:52 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Battle Ground woman gets 27 months for theft

first_imgA Battle Ground woman who stole more than $280,000 from Salmon Creek Plastic Surgery was sentenced to 27 months in prison and was ordered to pay back the money.Deborah Lynn Price, 61, pleaded guilty Thursday in Clark County Superior Court to eight counts of first-degree theft in connection with the yearslong embezzlement scheme.As part of a plea deal, six counts of first-degree theft and four counts of second-degree theft were dismissed, court records show.Price embezzled $281,906 over a 6 1/2 -year span, according to court documents.“The defendant, however, will never be able to reimburse us for the sense of violation we will always feel over having been deceived by a person we once considered not just an employee, but our most cherished friend,” Dr. Virginia Huang wrote in a statement to the court.In April 2015, Huang and Dr. Richard Green — who co-own the medical office at 13712 N.E. 10th Ave. — noticed discrepancies in their payroll. They found that Price, who was their office manager for eight years, had been paid substantially more than her agreed-upon salary, according to an affidavit of probable cause.After questioning her, she abruptly stopped coming to work, the affidavit states.A forensic accountant reviewed the discrepancies and found Price deleted and modified hundreds of sales receipts for cash payments received for medical procedures or other goods and services. The cash was never deposited into the business’s accounts, court records said.last_img read more

Vancouver reviving its arts, culture panel

first_imgVancouver is reviving its Arts, Culture & Heritage Commission, returning a sign of city prosperity that had been left bereft since 2005.The $400,000-per-year program will include a pool of cultural grant funds, a public art program for new installations and maintenance of existing art, and a new a full-time cultural services manager. The city council will also appoint 11 leaders from the community to the volunteer commission.“We haven’t had a cultural commission in 14 years,” Jan Bader, Vancouver’s program and policy development manager, said in a presentation to the city council earlier this week. “Here’s the sort of first, out-of-the-gate look at what the commission might look like.”Last broached by the city council during its retreat in March, the revived commission would serve as a development authority rather than an advisory body. It’s a seemingly trivial distinction, but a development authority actually has much more material power, Bader said.Unlike the last time around, the new arts body could operate independently, issuing bonds and entering into contracts.“It would be a separate legal entity created under the city council’s direction, and it would be able to solicit and accept public and private funds. It could own physical assets, like the art collections or buildings,” Bader explained.She proposed presenting a slate of potential commission members to the council, who could then select 11 people to serve. Term lengths are tentatively set at three years, with a maximum of two terms. The candidates would be drawn from a wide swath of groups. Ideally, Vancouver’s arts, heritage, culture and business communities would be represented, Bader said.last_img read more

Robertson moves roles at Novartis

first_imgTim Robertson has been appointed executive compensation manager at Novartis.He previously held the role of head of reward for UK and Ireland at the pharmaceutical organisation.Robertson’s prior experience includes senior reward manager at Santander, senior reward manager at Barclaycard, and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) compensation and benefits director at American Express.last_img

BUSINESS BRIEF REMAX Encores Patsy Chinchillo Recognized For 20 Years Of Service

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA –– Patsy Chinchillo, a salesperson with RE/MAX Encore of Wilmington, has been recognized by RE/MAX for twenty years of service with the RE/MAX network.We are very proud to have such a strong associate representing RE/MAX Encore and look forward to Patsy’s continued success,” said Jonathan Parker, Co-Owner, RE/MAX Encore.  “Patsy Chinchillo’s passion, work ethic and commitment speak volumes about her and we at RE/MAX Encore are proud to have her as an associate.  We look forward to Patsy’s continued success.”“I never forget that a home is more than wood, bricks and mortar,” said Chinchillo. “It’s a way of life, emotion and family memories. I won’t sell you a home. I will share facts, opinions, and options. Only you can decide what works for you.”Patsy Chinchillo is a lifelong resident of Tewksbury, MA.  Throughout her real estate career, Chinchillo has accomplished many industry successes.  Most recently, she earned the esteemed 2017 RE/MAX Platinum Club Award, which recognizes high-producing RE/MAX associated based on performance.  Fewer than 7 percent of all active RE/MAX agents worldwide received this award in 2017.Patsy Chinchillo(NOTE: The above press release is from RE/MAX Encore.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s RE/MAX Encore Collecting Backpacks & School Supplies For Children In NeedIn “Business”Wilmington’s RE/MAX Encore Introduces Its Newest Agent — Resident Gary CieplikIn “Business”State Rep. Ken Gordon Announces He’s Running For Re-ElectionIn “Government”last_img read more

Philippinesstyle crackdown in Bangladesh raises concerns

first_imgBangladesh`s Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) soldiers stand guard during a raid on suspected drug dealers at Mohammadpur Geneva Camp in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 26 May. Photo: APMore than 100 alleged drug dealers have been killed and thousands detained in Bangladesh in the past fortnight in a Philippines-style narcotics crackdown that has raised concerns about extrajudicial killings.Police said ten more alleged traffickers were gunned down in the early hours of Tuesday, some in shootouts with police and others in so-called gang wars between dealers.A total of 102 suspected traffickers have been killed since Bangladesh launched an aggressive war on drugs in mid-May to smash the surging trade in yaba, a cheap pill combining methamphetamine and caffeine.“We are saying that this war will continue until we bring it under complete control,” home minister Asaduzzaman Khan told AFP.Around 12,000 accused dealers have been arrested and tried in special courts since the crackdown began on 15 May, with many handed jail sentences of seven days to six months, he added.A suspected drug dealer is arrested by Bangladesh`s Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) soldiers during a raid on drug dealers at Mohammadpur Geneva Camp in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 26 May. Photo: APKhan said there was “no question” that those killed were drug dealers, despite allegations by rights groups that innocent people had died.“Most of those who were killed had guns. They opened fire as soon as they saw the police,” he said.“They are not good people. There are 10 to 12 (criminal) cases against each of them.”But the National Human Rights Commission this week expressed “grave concern” at the mounting death toll and sounded the alarm over alleged extrajudicial killings.The Rapid Action Battalion, an elite police unit in charge of the sweep, said all 24 people killed by its forces were “top drug traders” but provided no evidence.One of those killed was a councillor from Teknaf whom supporters say had no involvement with drugs.The rest died in late-night shootouts with police or shootouts among themselves over turf and drugs, officials said.Among those killed Tuesday were two alleged kingpins apparently found dead by police after a so-called drugs war in Jashore district, local police chief A.K.M Ajmal Huda told AFP.“We found the bodies after the gunfight between two rival groups of drug traders,” he said.Bangladesh has struggled to contain the trade in “yaba”, with hundreds of millions of pills entering the country from Myanmar.Authorities last year seized a record 40 million pills but said an estimated 250-300 million others entered the market.last_img