Budget 20162017 Investments in Northern Nova Scotia

first_img a new SchoolsPlus site to bring a range of services together for children and youth including mental health and other health programs, homework support, social work and justice services support funding for groups welcoming refugees funding for community facility projects English as a second language training to newcomers through the Teaching Immigrants English program funding for sport and cultural events continued funding for sustainable transportation repaving 5.3 kilometres of Route 204, 5.8 kilometres of Route 246, and 7 kilometres of Route 348 in 2016-2017 repaving Route 337 from the intersection of Route 245 (Malignant Cove) easterly 6 kilometres repaving specified sections of Taylors Road from Highway 104 northerly funding for a new P-12 school in Tatamagouche funding for a new P-4 school in Bible Hill access to the New Building Canada Fund multi-year development of the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, enhancing care for all Nova Scotians and Atlantic Canadians The people of northern Nova Scotia will benefit from investments in education, community supports and infrastructure in Budget 2016-2017. “Our work and the sacrifices made by all Nova Scotians make the investments in today’s budget possible,” said Finance and Treasury Board Minister Randy Delorey. “This budget demonstrates what is possible when we stick to a plan and work together to build a stronger Nova Scotia.” Measures in Budget 2016-2017 for northern Nova Scotia include: Budget 2016-2017 projects a $127.4 million surplus. The surplus includes a one-time revenue increase of $110.3 million in 2016-2017 because of federal and municipal contributions for the new convention centre. The $110.3 million will go towards the debt to provide the fiscal capacity to launch the multi-year development of the QEII Health Sciences Centre. The budget’s net position is a $17.1 million surplus. Revenue for 2016-2017 is an estimated $10.3 billion, a 3.5 per cent increase from 2015-2016. Expenses are an estimated $10.1 billion, an increase of 1.2 per cent from 2015-2016. Government will invest $480.8 million in roads, schools, health care and public infrastructure in 2016-2017. For more information about the 2016-2017 provincial budget, visit www.novascotia.ca/budget .last_img read more

UK minister says Brexit talks yield positive signals

BRUSSELS — A senior British government minister insists that Brexit talks with the European Union are making progress, as negotiators meet in Brussels seeking a way to break the logjam.Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt says “the signals we are getting are relatively positive.”EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier is meeting U.K. Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay and Attorney General Geoffrey Cox on Tuesday, as Britain seeks changes to a Brexit deal that has been rejected by U.K. lawmakers.Their objections centre on a provision to guarantee there are no barriers along the currently invisible Irish border. Britain wants reassurances the mechanism will be temporary.EU leaders insist that the legally binding withdrawal agreement can’t be reopened. But Hunt told the BBC that Britain is “prepared to be flexible” about how changes are achieved.The Associated Press read more

Cogeco net income plummets in Q2 without benefit of US tax cuts

Companies in this story: (TSX:CGO, TSX:CCA)The Canadian Press MONTREAL — Cogeco Inc. says its net income attributable to shareholders was cut nearly in half to $25.7 million in the second quarter despite a 10 per cent increase in revenues.The Montreal-based company says it earned $1.57 per diluted share for the period ended Feb. 28, down from $2.82 per share or $46.6 million a year earlier.Overall net income fell to $82.3 million from $145.8 million, largely due to a $94-million income tax reduction a year ago due to U.S. tax reform, depreciation and amortization.The profit from continuing operations was $87.6 million while discontinued operations lost $5.4 million.Cogeco Peer 1 Inc., its business and information and communications services subsidiary were reclassified as discontinued operations following Cogeco Communications’ announcement to sell the operations for $720 million on Feb. 27.Revenues rose to $608.6 million from $554.1 million in the second quarter of 2018 on a 10 per cent growth in the communications segment following the acquisition of the MetroCast cable systems more than a year ago. read more

Central African Republic Security Council extends mandate of UN office

21 December 2011The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations peacebuilding office in the Central African Republic (CAR) for another year, stressing the need to ensure effective coordination of the work of UN agencies, funds and programmes in the country. Extending the mandate of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA) until the end of January 2013, the Council said that it looked forward to progress on the part of the Government in creating a permanent and independent electoral body to organize future elections and to revise the electoral code.It encouraged CAR’s Government to continue to engage in consultations with the opposition “in a consensual and inclusive manner,” including on the electoral reform, and urged it to ensure that the freedom of expression and assembly, including for opposition parties, are respected.The Council also called on the Government and all armed groups in the country to remain committed to the national reconciliation process by sticking to the recommendations of the “inclusive political dialogue” that ended in 2008. All armed groups must also cooperate with the Government in the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration process, the Council added.It welcomed the progress CAR has made in the disarmament and demobilization of former combatants in the north-west, and encouraged the Government to pursue the disarmament and demobilization of former combatants.The Council, however, expressed concern over the security situation in CAR, which it said remained precarious.It underscored the need for Chad, Sudan and CAR to implement the tripartite agreement signed in May in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, to enhance security in their common border areas through joint patrols, and also the need for Chad, CAR and Cameroon to pursue the Tripartite Initiative, signed in 2005 to enhance border security.Members of the Council voiced deep concern over the recruitment and the acquisition of weapons by the armed group known as Front Populaire pour le Redressement (FPR), stressing that those activities threatened peace and security in CAR and are a violation of FPR’s commitments to lay down its arms and join the peace process.Condemning the continued violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, including the recruitment and use of children, killing and maiming, rape, sexual slavery and violence, and abductions perpetrated by armed groups, especially the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), the Council urged BINUCA to report on human rights violations particularly those against children and women.The Council also welcomed efforts by the Government to combat the LRA, as well as the African Union’s Regional Cooperation Initiative for the elimination of the LRA and the appointment of an African Union Special Envoy to coordinate the initiative. read more

DMK hits back at Jayalalithaa on claims over Sri Lankan island

“Katchatheevu was a national issue and not a State issue. The agreement ceding Katchatheevu was signed during the Emergency and the party had passed a resolution in the Assembly when it came to power in 2006 for the retrieval of the island, he said. India’s Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam has hit back at Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa over her claims on Katchatheevu which was ceded to Sri Lanka by India.DMK treasurer M.K. Stalin claimed Katchatheevu was ceded to Sri Lanka during a state of emergency and not when the DMK was in power. Reacting to Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s charge at her election meeting in Aruppukottai that it was the DMK that gave up the right over Katchatheevu, Stalin, who was campaigning in Madurai, said that the party always stood for the rights of Tamil Nadu fishermen. He termed Ms. Jayalalithaa’s allegation a “blatant lie”. Criticising Ms. Jayalalithaa for not meeting the people to discuss their issues in the last five years, Stalin said that now elected members of any legislative body and officials were required to go to the people. read more

Government wants one year to show proper results

The Hambantota port was launched by the former Government with Chinese assistance but was criticised by the then opposition. (Colombo Gazette) The Government wants one year to show proper results in its development drive.State Minister of International Trade Sujeewa Senasinghe said that the Government is still young and need time to prove itself. He said that the Government will make drastic changes in some of the key projects in Hambantota.As part of the changes, he said the Hambantota port will be developed into a major financial hub.

Special High Court begins hearing case on Gota

The Permanent High Court Trial at Bar had decided to hear the case from today.When the case was heard today, the indictments against the seven defendants including Rajapaksa were read out. (Colombo Gazette) The Special High Court today began hearing the case against former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa on the misappropriation of funds for the D.A. Rajapaksa Museum.Rajapaksa appeared before the Special High Court today over the case where he was accused of misappropriating state funds amounting to Rs 49 million during the construction of the D.A. Rajapaksa Museum and Memorial in Medamulana.

Crews start removing fuel from overturned ship in Georgia

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — Officials have begun removing fuel from the tanks of an overturned cargo ship on the Georgia coast, where leaking oil has reached some marshes and beaches.The South Korean ship Golden Ray capsized in the St. Simons Sound on Sept. 8 after leaving the Port of Brunswick.Chris Graff of Gallagher Marine Services is heading cleanup and salvage efforts. He told reporters Friday that 15,000 gallons (56,780 litres) of fuel have been removed from two tanks in the engine room.Much more remains. Graff said the ship has 24 total fuel tanks onboard. The total amount of fuel has been estimated at 300,000 gallons (1.1 million litres).Meanwhile, crews equipped with about 70 boats and oil-absorbent boom are responding to oily debris and sheen along the shoreline and marshes.The Associated Press read more

Visiting Ethiopia UN human rights chief urges new Government to keep positive

“We all want to see an Ethiopia with continuous economic development where all people benefit, and where people express their views on public policies, unafraid,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein at the end of his official visit to Ethiopia.His visit followed the country’s recent transition of power from the Government led by Hailemariam Desalegn, who abruptly resigned as prime minister in March, to the new one led by Abiy Ahmed.A country with one of the fastest-growing economies in world, Ethiopia has also been riven by human rights violations and oppression on protests by those demanding equality.“Moments of transition are rarely ever smooth. Ethiopia has struggled with a heavy history, but it has the wisdom of a tolerant, vibrant, youthful population to harness,” said Mr. Zeid, encouraging the authorities to keep the positive momentum going and to keep translating the inspiring words in the Prime Minister’s inaugural address into action.Mr. Zeid was referring to the Prime Minister’s recognition that there is a “need to address existing inequities that led to recent unrest,” that “democracy cannot be realised in the absence of rights – be it civil or economic rights” and that the “right of people to express opinions, rights of people to organise themselves and engage in effective dialogue and participate in the governance system is inherent in our humanity…not for any government to bestow…as it sees fit.” The UN rights chief also welcomed the release of a large number of people, including bloggers, political opponents and others who had been detained in relation to their participation in protests and their criticism of the Government.“There was tremendous hope, but also anxiety,” he said, citing the words of a former political detainee, who said: “we have repeatedly been victims of broken promises.”In this 70th anniversary year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, when too many leaders risk reversing hard-won human rights gains, we look to Ethiopia to continue to give cause for optimism and hope – UN rights chiefDuring a visit to the Oromia region, Mr. Zeid met with the regional authorities and the traditional leaders, known as the Aba Gadas, who he said spoke about how they will continue to push for the truth to be told about what has happened over the past few years, including deaths during protests.“They demanded investigations and accountability for excessive use of force by the authorities. They expressed their desire for justice and human rights for all Ethiopians and for their voices to be heard without fear of reprisal,” Mr. Zeid said.On Wednesday, the UN Human Rights Office for East Africa and the Ethiopian Government signed an agreement to strengthen the Office’s ability to do human rights work in the country and the region.The Office has already offered its assistance in revising the charities and societies proclamation, the anti-terrorism legislation and the mass media laws.“In this 70th anniversary year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, when too many leaders risk reversing hard-won human rights gains, we look to Ethiopia to continue to give cause for optimism and hope,” Mr. Zeid said. read more

Utah Jazzman Royce ONeale Visits Castle Country Photo Gallery

Photos by Jeff Barrett and Kevin Butler By Scottie DraperUtah Jazzman Royce O’Neale made stops in both Carbon and Emery counties on Tuesday as part of a series of summer youth camps throughout Utah.The free events were open to all members of the community and began with skills camps for local youth. Young basketball enthusiasts were led through a series of drills with O’Neale and staff members before the meet and greet portion. Fans of all ages lined up for a chance to meet O’Neale and take photos with him. The Jazzman also signed countless autographs for attendees.O’Neale, a small forward, made his NBA debut on Oct. 21, 2017 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. He played in 87 games in the 2018-19 season, including five playoff appearances where he averaged 10.6 points per game. O’Neale played college ball at the University of Denver and Baylor University. read more

Turnberry caravan park plans name change as they say association with Trump

Turnberry caravan park is planning to change its name due to the “negative” associations with Donald Trump which they say is costing them customers.Turnberry Holiday Park, which lies south of the US president’s golf resort in South Ayrshire, Scotland, said it is considering removing “Turnberry” from its name to counter “the Trump effect”.It comes after the static caravan site canvassed the opinions of over 1000 people and found that 32% were less likely to visit the site because of its name.Donald Trump bought the nearby luxury Turnberry golf resort in 2014, but despite a £200 million refurbishment in 2016, it has run up four successive years of multimillion-pound losses.Only last week it posted new losses of £3.4 million, and has lost a total of £33 million since it was taken over four years ago.Following a series of protests at the golf resort- including a paraglider who flew into a ‘no-fly zone’ to challenge Mr Trump’s environmental policies in July- the caravan park wants to ensure their business does not suffer. Donald Trump bought the nearby luxury Turnberry golf resort in 2014 Donald Trump bought the nearby luxury Turnberry golf resort in 2014Credit:Andy Buchanan/AFP Andrew Howe, chief executive of Bridge Leisure Parks, which owns Turnberry Holiday Park, said: “We have worked hard to make Turnberry a wonderful holiday park and are concerned that customers are put off due to the Trump effect. A Greenpeace protester flying a microlight passes over Donald Trump's resort in Turnberry with a banner reading "Trump: Well Below Par" “We are proud of our historic association with Turnberry, but we are considering a new name that highlights the positive aspects of this wonderful part of the world. We are giving members of the public a chance to have their say on a new name.They can head over to our Facebook Page to make their suggestions or share their views or concerns about any apparent link to the American President.”The park, which overlooks Ailsa Craig and the Firth of Clyde, has reported an increase in inquiries from potential customers asking whether it had a connection with the Republican president. A Greenpeace protester flying a microlight passes over Donald Trump’s resort in Turnberry with a banner reading “Trump: Well Below Par”Credit:John Linton/PA Bridge Leisure Parks has spent more than £1 million over the past five years on upgrades, including improving electrical infrastructure and new caravan pitches.It is keen to retain the 2,000 holidaymakers that visit the site each year, and who may have differing political views to the controversial US president.A decision about the name is expected to be made within the next couple of weeks.Mr Trump resigned as director of the golf resort in January 2017 after becoming US president, as did his daughter Ivanka, but his sons Eric and Donald Junior remain in their positions. 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. read more

Antarctic timelapse brings 10 minutes of icy awesomeness

first_imgFace it: everything is more awesome at the Poles. The ships can smash foot-thick ice, they use helicopters to move things around, and apparently everything you do involves a crane of some sort. At least those are the observations I was able to take away from the excellent time-lapse video above.It was pointed out that the video’s title is “RAE-54 on board the research vessel Akademik Fedorov” if you were curious. Also, make sure to watch the video closely as all sorts of strange things happen, from a plane being offloaded from a boat to a swimming pool being constructed by a group of people to what looks like a coffin being unloaded (4:30).The video is a bit long but enough cool stuff happens that it’s worth a watch (or two). Definitely don’t miss the end where the ship navigates through a thin body of water, narrowly avoiding ships and other obstacles (after 8:30).via Grasp the Universe via Redditlast_img read more

Les voyages dans lhyperespace ce nest pas vraiment comme dans Star Wars

first_imgLes voyages dans l’hyperespace, ce n’est pas vraiment comme dans Star Wars !Selon quatre étudiants en Physique de l’université de Leicester, les sauts dans l’hyperespace ne ressembleraient pas vraiment à l’image que l’on s’en fait grâce notamment au film Star Wars et au célèbre Faucon Millenium. C’est une des scènes mythiques de la première trilogie de Star Wars : Han Solo à bord du Faucon Millenium, le “vaisseau le plus rapide de la galaxie”, actionne quelques boutons, une manette et accélère en quelques secondes pour passer dans l’hyperespace. Les étoiles face à eux s’étirent alors en lignes éblouissantes et fuyantes tandis que le vaisseau approche la vitesse de la lumière. Une vision qui en a fait rêver plus d’un mais qui serait, au risque de décevoir les aficionados, tout sauf possible.C’est du moins ce qu’affirment quatre étudiants en master de Physique à l’université de Leicester au Royaume-Uni. Dans la revue intitulée Journal of Physics Special Topics, ceux-ci assurent que le saut dans l’hyperespace ne se matérialiserait pas sous cette forme mais sous un simple disque de lumière. Pour expliquer une telle hypothèse, les étudiants évoquent notamment l’effet Doppler. Ce phénomène correspond au décalage de la fréquence d’une onde entre la mesure faite à l’émission et la mesure réalisée à la réception, lorsque la distance entre ces deux points varie. Plus concrètement, c’est par exemple ce phénomène qui explique pourquoi la sirène d’une ambulance devient de plus en plus aiguë au fur et à mesure qu’elle s’approche. Dans le cas du vaisseau spatial, cet effet implique que la longueur d’onde des radiations émises serait plus courte et passerait donc du domaine du visible à celui des rayons X qui sont eux normalement invisibles à notre oeil. Mais “nous avons fait quelques calculs et trouvé que les rayons X deviendraient visibles à cette vitesse et créeraient un disque en face de vous, peu importe la direction dans laquelle vous allez”, explique l’un des étudiants Riley Connors, 21 ans. Un Faucon Millenium soumis à une intense pression Ainsi, l’équipage ne verrait pas des traits lumineux mais bien un simple cercle de lumière et lointain. Pour faire ces calculs, les étudiants ont pris en compte la théorie de la relativité d’Einstein qui dit que rien ne peut dépasser la vitesse de la lumière et ainsi considéré que le vaisseau de Han Solo atteignait 99,99995 % de cette vélocité, soit une vitesse d’environ 299.791,669 kilomètres par seconde. Riley Connors ajoute ainsi : “Si le Faucon Millenium existait et pouvait réellement voyager aussi vite, des lunettes de soleil seraient certainement recommandées. En plus de ça, le vaisseau aurait besoin de quelque chose pour protéger l’équipage des rayons X nuisibles”. Mais là n’est pas la seule erreur scientifique de Star Wars puisque les étudiants ont fait une autre découverte en poussant leurs travaux.Selon eux, les rayons X intenses émis par les étoiles auraient également la faculté de repousser le vaisseau et donc de le ralentir dans sa course. Il subirait alors une pression comparable à celle ressentie dans le fond de l’océan Pacifique qui pourrait l’empêcher d’atteindre sa fameuse supervitesse. Pour continuer son voyage, Han Solo aurait donc besoin d’énergie supplémentaire afin de surmonter cette pression. Des découvertes à prendre en compte dans les prochains Star Wars ?”Les effets résultants que nous avons découverts sont basés sur la théorie d’Einstein sur la relativité, donc même si nous ne l’utilisons peut-être pas dans la vie de tous les jours, Han Solo et son équipage devraient certainement comprendre ses implications”, a commenté Joshua Argyle, un autre étudiant de 22 ans. À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreAussi, peut-être que Disney devrait prendre en compte les implications physiques d’un voyage à si haute vitesse dans les prochains films”, a ajouté de son côté Katie Dexter, 21 ans, en espérant que cela ne déçoive pas les fans… (crédits photo : University of Leicester) Le 16 janvier 2013 à 13:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Rapid growth of ECommerce offers opportunity for region – Johnson Smith

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#United States, November 6, 2017 – Washington DC – Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, says the rapid pace of technological advancement and expansion of e-commerce globally provides opportunity for Latin American and Caribbean countries to increase trade and commercial ties and pursue their respective growth agendas.She was addressing a Regional Policy Dialogue on Trade and Integration convened by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) at its headquarters in Washington DC on Wednesday (November 1).   The two-day meeting, which involved representatives of major corporations such as Google, United Parcel Service (UPS) and Walmart, looked at the obstacles to enhanced integration of the region and explored ways to deepen commercial ties among countries.Minister Johnson Smith said “closer cooperation with Latin America is one of the foreign policy priorities of the Government of Jamaica and, therefore, participation in the Regional Policy Dialogue is an important step to this end”.   The delegates agreed that digital trade and e-commerce are excellent avenues for the countries in the region to expand those links.Minister Johnson Smith pointed out that the Government has been taking steps to expand its digital footprint. She noted that Jamaica is the first Caribbean country to introduce an e-gov platform to facilitate improved connection with and service to citizens.The Minister took the opportunity to update the meeting on policy and legislative developments, which have enhanced Jamaica’s information and communications technology (ICT) framework to better enable the Government to use e-commerce as a vehicle to empower small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs.The Regional Policy Dialogue on Trade and Integration also discussed preparations for the 11th Session of the Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in December.   While in Washington, Minister Johnson Smith also met with legislators on Capitol Hill on various policy issues.Jamaica’s delegation included Deputy Director, Foreign Trade Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Richard Brown; Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Jamaica, Marsha Coore Lobban; Minister-Counsellor, Embassy of Jamaica in Washington, Nicholette Williams; and Counsellor for Jamaica at the IDB, Arthur Williams.Release: JIS Related Items:last_img read more

National Trust receives regional award

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 15, 2017 – Providenciales – The Turks & Caicos National Trust won a major regional award – the Heritage Protection Award – at the recently concluded 2017 Caribbean Sustainable Awards, hosted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) during the Climate Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum.  The award ceremony was held at the Ocean Terrace Inn, St. Kitts & Nevis on Wednesday, 13th December 2017.The Turks & Caicos National Trust received the highest award for Heritage Protection for making significant contributions to protect and promote the heritage (cultural, built, natural, and intangible) of the Turks & Caicos Islands.  The National Trust was recognized for its contribution to heritage protection through the following initiatives:~ Efforts to pass on cultural and intangible heritage traditions and skills to younger generations~ Documentation and/or copyrighting of local heritage related materials~ Educating visitors on local heritage and local stakeholders, including the media~ Sustainable financing of local heritage conservation~ Engagement of local communities, public, NGO and/or private sector entities in preserving and promoting local heritage~ Communicating actions to local stakeholders, including the media The award is a vindication of the 25 years of hard work that the Turks & Caicos National Trust has been putting in, such as implementing good management practice with relatively limited resources, strong local community participation in the conservation and management of TCI’s heritage sites, and the development of unique multi-faceted conservation schemes – all for the protection of the country’s valuable heritage. The Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Awards are aimed at identifying and showcasing Sustainable Tourism Good Practices in the Caribbean.  The awards recognize individuals, groups, organizations or companies in any of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Member Countries which have developed responsible and unique tourism products or are engaged in implementing sustainable tourism-related initiatives which embrace sustainable tourism concepts and core values. The awards were judged by a committee comprising of a panel of experts selected by CTO, representing various sectors of the tourism industry at the national, regional and international levels.The Turks & Caicos National Trust wishes to thank the Turks & Caicos Tourist Board for their support throughout the years, as well as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) for their partnership and encouragement in the work of heritage preservation.   The organization looks forward to the continued support of the Turks & Caicos Government to further strengthen the efforts of heritage protection, preservation and promotion.The Trust proudly shares this prestigious international award to the people of the Turks & Caicos Islands.Press Release: Turks and Caicos National Trust Related Items:center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Camas woman hurt in Oregon accident

first_imgHere is a press release from the Oregon State Police:SERIOUS INJURY TRAFFIC CRASH – HIGHWAY 126W WEST OF EUGENEPosted: June 4th, 2013 10:08 PMOregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Tuesday evening’s single vehicle traffic crash that seriously injured two people along Highway 126W about two miles west of Eugene. The names of the two people injured will be released Wednesday morning.On June 4, 2013 at approximately 6:10 p.m., a Subaru Impreza driven by a 25-year old male from Parkdale, Oregon, was eastbound on Highway 126W near milepost 52 when it traveled off the roadway several hundred feet. The vehicle’s driver side collided into a tree entrapping the driver until he was extricated by Eugene Fire Department personnel. He was transported by LifeFlight to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend for treatment of serious injuries.The 23-year old female passenger from Camas, Washington, was also transported by ground ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend.Both occupants were using safety restraints and the vehicle’s airbags deployed.OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Senior Trooper Rick Hamilton is the lead investigator.OSP was also assisted at the scene by Lane County Sheriff’s Office and ODOT. The highway was blocked about 90 minutes.last_img read more

Reliance Industries GE ink agreement to foray into industrial IoT

first_imgMukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries on Thursday announced that it has formed a partnership with US-based GE to drive digital transformation in the industrial world. The two companies will work together to build joint applications on GE’s Predix platform, which is considered the operating system for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).The partnership agreement, which was signed in the presence of Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO, GE and Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries Limited, would provide IIoT solutions to customers in oil and gas, fertiliser, power, health care, telecom and in other industries.”GE will provide its Predix cloud offering, industrial internet applications and data science expertise,” the company said in a statement.RIL will also offer nationwide connectivity infrastructure to customers through a 4G network powered by Jio. The customers would be benefited in various ways such as operational efficiencies, profitability and new revenue streams.”A one percent productivity gain for companies creates around $250 billion value over 15 years, across these key energy and infrastructure industries. The digital market is growing at a fast pace with IIoT contributing the highest degree of growth at over 10 percent,” it said.Digital solutions have the potential to curb expenditure worth billions of dollars every year.”The partnership with Reliance Industries will shape the future of the Industrial Internet not just in India but globally. The possibilities that it opens to develop solutions on our Predix platform for the industrial sector are endless,” Jeff Immelt said in the statement.last_img read more

Meet The Man Believed To Be The First Black Millionaire In Texas

first_img Share CHRISTOPHER CONNELLY / KERAWilliam Madison McDonald, an influential banker and political kingmaker, is commemorated in a mural at Fort Worth’s Intermodal Transportation Center.William Madison McDonald is far from a household name these days, but he was a legend in his day. Born 150 years ago, McDonald is widely believed to have been the first black millionaire in Texas.The son of a former slave, McDonald became an influential banker and a political force who helped shape Fort Worth at the turn of the 20th century, using his wealth and connections to help lift up his city’s African-American community.Listen to the KERA News story.“When I was young growing up, Bill McDonald was a mythical character. But we knew he was real … we knew he was buried, for example. We knew he had lived and been buried. But he was larger than life,”  said Bob Ray Sanders, a retired Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist and former KERA newsman.When Sanders was growing up in the 1950s and early ‘60s, the east side of Fort Worth’s downtown was the place to be. The intersection of Jones Street and Ninth Street, Sanders said, was the heart of a thriving black business district in the still-segregated city that thronged with African-American-owned restaurants, hotels, night clubs, shops and even a hospital.“From the Convention Center almost to the Court House, these were black businesses,” Sanders recalled. “It was here, and it was vibrant.”Lifting the communityWilliam Madison McDonald became a major player in Texas Republican Party in the 1890s, representing the state as a delegate to national party conventions.A bank stood at the center of all that activity. Sanders said that so much of the city’s black business class was tied in one way or another to Fraternal Bank and Trust. Historians say it was the first black-owned bank in Texas. Its founder was William Madison McDonald.“From basically the beginning of the 20th century, Bill McDonald’s imprint was on Fort Worth,” Sanders said. “He made his mark, and he kept making his mark, until the day he died.”Before he came to Fort Worth, McDonald lived in Kaufman County. Born in 1866, his father was a freed slave, a man who had been owned by the Ku Klux Klan’s first grand wizard. At just 8 years old, McDonald went to work for a white lawyer, a man who eventually helped him to go to college.McDonald studied religion, ran a school and organized a state fair to show off the accomplishments of black farmers; all before he turned 21.“Anything that he took his hand to prospered. And he was showing others that you can do this too,” said Opal Lee, who helped launch Fort Worth’s black genealogical and historical society.Lee is 90 years old now, but she grew up seeing McDonald. It was at the end of his life, at the beginning of hers. Lee remembers walking past the millionaire’s massive mansion on Terrell Avenue on her way to the movie theater.“He’d be sitting out sunning: A little, old man. And I wanted so much to say something to him, but I was afraid. I never spoke to him,” she saidMcDonald left Kaufman County in 1906 for Fort Worth, and quickly became a revered leader in his adopted city. He bought a handful of businesses, built several buildings, and opened the Fraternal Bank and Trust. Opal Lee had an account there.McDonald’s bank was a simple place, Lee said. No fancy vault, just few desks and an ornate cage where the money was locked away.Still, it was a thriving financial institution. It not only survived the Great Depression, but was reported to have bailed out struggling white-owned banks. Originally the repository for the wealth of black Masons, Fraternal Bank and Trust served the city’s African-Americans when white banks weren’t open to them. Access to capital, Lee said, helped the community lift itself up.“He helped a lot of young black entrepreneurs get started in business,” he said.A political kingmakerBefore he became a banker, though, McDonald was active in politics. And at that, too, he excelled. He was a close ally of Col. Ned Green, a massively wealthy white railroad and banking magnate, and the two established themselves as a political power brokers.“Green and McDonald teamed up, and they ran the Republican Party in Texas,” he saidIn the decades that followed the end of slavery, a biracial coalition dominated the state Republican Party. McDonald became a shot caller in that so-called Black and Tan faction – and served as a delegate at state and national conventions. Reby Cary, a historian, educator and civil rights leader, said that African Americans at that time almost exclusively backed Republicans.“That party freed us. It was Abraham Lincoln,” Cary said. “We got freed because the Republicans freed us,” he saidCary, now in his 90s, grew up four blocks from McDonald. He said McDonald promoted a philosophy of black self-reliance, challenging African Americans to build their own institutions and businesses. A lifelong Republican, Cary said McDonald’s message shaped his own thinking, and is still relevant today.“In the first place, he used to tell us, he said, if blacks want your own business, you set it up. If you want your own newspaper, you set it up,” he said.A fading legacyMcDonald died in 1950. He left no heirs – his only son died while away at college. His grave in the Old Trinity Cemetery in Fort Worth is marked by a huge obelisk, and a historic marker recalling his influence.In the decades since his death, many of the buildings McDonald owned and built have disappeared. The bank was torn down. The Jim Hotel – where legends like Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie stayed and played – is gone. Both his mansion and a sprawling masonic temple he built were demolished.At the train station in downtown Fort Worth, at the intersection where McDonald’s bank once stood, there’s a mural that celebrates the city’s black history. Sanders said the mural makes clear how much William McDonald’s story is woven throughout the history of Fort Worth’s African American community at the beginning of the last century.“Bill McDonald was a way maker, for a lot of people. Including me,” Sanders said. “He paved the way for a lot of people. He certainly wasn’t the only one, but he was a major figure in our history, and we shouldn’t forget that.”Sanders said that when he was a kid, you couldn’t grow up black in Fort Worth without hearing about William McDonald. Today, he said, young people don’t learn a lot of local black history. So while McDonald’s buildings are gone, Sanders said it’s on us to decide if his memory lives on.Copyright 2016 KERA-FM. To see more, visit KERA-FM.last_img read more

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first_img September 29, 2008 – Cardinal Health today revealed plans for a tax-free spin-off of its clinical and medical products businesses as a separate public company that will be led by current vice chairman and med-tech industry veteran David L. Schlotterbeck.As a result of the spin-off, which the company anticipates to be completed by the middle of 2009, both companies are expected to benefit from enhanced management focus and sharper strategic vision, as well as better alignment of management and employee incentives with performance and growth objectives, said the company. Cardinal Health also announced that chairman and CEO R. Kerry Clark will continue to lead Cardinal Health through the spin-off and then will retire from the company. George S. Barrett, who has served as vice chairman and CEO of Healthcare Supply Chain Services since joining the company in January, will succeed Clark. Barrett has more than 25 years of experience in the health care industry, most recently serving as president and CEO of North America for Teva Pharmaceuticals. For more information; www.cardinalhealth.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | September 28, 2008 Cardinal Health Plans to Spin Off Clinical, Medical Products Businesses last_img read more

Disney explodes in a rainbow of color

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: D.M Hollywood celebrities, VIP guests and an array of Disney characters sauntered down the blue carpet at Disney California Adventure park on Thursday evening to attend the premiere of its latest star attraction, “World of Color”, which attendees immediately herald a stunning success.The dazzling show uses advanced technology to combine light, water and other special effects, combined with Disney’s most beloved characters, animated scenes and music to create a magnificent 26 minute open air programme.“The inspiration for the show comes from Walt,” The Walt Disney Company, President & CEO, Bob Iger said, referring to the 1961 production Wonderful World of Color.“‘World of Color’ is a testament to the creativity, passion, innovation and talent of people throughout our organization.  Our philosophy is to keep setting the bar higher, keeping guests asking what will Disney think of next.” Five years in the making, the show took 15 months to transform Paradise Bay into one of the world’s largest projected water screens and at 120 yards, longer than a football field, and cost a rumored $75 million.“This show is going to blow you away,” Chairman Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, Tom Staggs said.“World of Color represents the best of what makes Disney, Disney.”Perhaps the most recognizable celebrity of the night, Mickey Mouse, with a wave of his wand commenced the show to the packed crowd which included guests Teri Hatcher, John Stamos, Vanessa Hudgens, Gina Davies and Jamie-Lee Curtis, to name a few.The new night time entertainment brings animation to life with 1200 powerful and programmable fountains, which was outlined as both one of the biggest costs and most complex production areas for the show.  Spurting water 50 feet high, 380 feet wide and 19,000 square feet in all , the show is expected to be a massive draw card for Disney California Adventure park and to further promote the benefits of purchasing park hopper tickets combining Disneyland entry. The show brings back to life beloved Disney and DisneyPixar characters including Pocahontas, Simba, Woody, Bambi, Aerial and Aladdin, in a colorful, imaginative story taking water-based entertainment to new levels.Guests will now also be able to enjoy newly designed viewing areas and special dining options including sit-down dinners or picnic meals upon reservations.Below are the videos of the event: Blue Carpet at the premier of “World of Color” World of Color Show B-Roll and Soundbiteslast_img read more