Nova Scotia principals to get a year to decide status with union

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia public school principals and vice-principals will be given a year to choose between losing their union membership or returning to classroom teaching and remaining in the union.Education Minister Zach Churchill announced the step Thursday as he continued a provincial tour to discuss education reforms arising from a report released last month by consultant Avis Glaze.Churchill said he has been meeting with superintendents, teachers, principals, and parents, along with other representatives of school advisory councils.“There has been good discussion with principals around removing principals and vice-principals from their union,” he said in a statement. “This will give them more time to consider their options before they make this important decision.”The announcement comes after the union said it would hold a strike vote next Tuesday as it combats the removal of about 1,000 of its members.Churchill has said administrators can face a conflict of interest when supervising staff while also receiving directives from their union.Union president Liette Doucet said Churchill’s announcement does nothing to change the union’s position.“The government needs to halt the implementation of the Glaze report, and collaborate with teachers, students and parents to help create meaningful change in our schools,” Doucet said in a statement.She said the union has been hosting its own community meetings for the past two weeks.“It is clear from these discussions that the public is not comfortable with the government’s implementation of the Glaze report,” said Doucet.Legislation enacting many of Glaze’s reform recommendations is expected in a legislature session that begins Feb. 27.Her report makes 22 recommendations including elimination of the province’s seven English-language school boards and creation of a provincial college of educators to license and regulate the profession.Churchill said a recommended student progress assessment office was also raised in talks with teachers this week, even though the government said no change is imminent.“I want to reassure teachers that any changes involving student assessment will not be part of the spring legislation,” he said. “We will continue to talk to and listen to teachers while we determine how to address this recommendation.”last_img read more

Nurses battle over fine for Facebook comments before Saskatchewan Appeal Court

first_imgREGINA — The lawyer for a Saskatchewan nurse who was disciplined for criticizing her grandfather’s care on Facebook says the decision to punish her was based on numerous legal errors.Carolyn Strom was found guilty of professional misconduct by the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association in 2016 and fined $26,000.She’s appearing before the Saskatchewan Appeal Court to ask the court quash that decision.Her lawyer, Marcus Davies, argues that the association’s discipline committee misquoted from legal decisions and directly misrepresented the outcomes of cases it relied on to reach a decision.In February 2015 Strom made Facebook comments that some unnamed staff at her grandfather’s long-term-care facility in Macklin, Sask., were not up to speed on delivering end-of-life care.The nurses association is asking the Appeal Court whether professionals have the charter right to say whatever they want on social media, and publicly embarrass health-care facilities without getting all of the facts.The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses, Canadian Constitution Foundation and the BC Civil Liberties Association are intervening in the case.“If this ruling is upheld and her $26,000 fine is upheld, it’s really sending a message that you can’t criticize anything about the health-care system if you are a nurse,” said Megan Tweedie, litigation counsel for the civil liberties group.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

The SlowFood Movement Comes to Morocco

Rabat – The Slow Food movement coming to Morocco, by way of “Les Incroyables Comestibles,” or Incredible Edibles, an NGO founded by Moroccan native Mohamed Chafchaouni.Italian activist Carlo Petrini founded the Slow Food movement in 1986. The movement promotes family cooking, organic agriculture and small farms opposed to the global “McDonaldization” of food production and consumption.Mohamed Chefchaouni, inspired by his recent trip to France, decided to promote the Slow Food movement in Morocco. While in France, Chefchaouni discovered vegetable trays (an agricultural method which promotes vegetable growth without pollution or chemicals by growing individual plants in so-called ‘plant cells’) and excited by this agricultural innovation, he contacted François Rouillay, vice-president of Ibn Al Baytar Association, and member of Slow Food International.“The idea of Les Incroyables Comestibles is a return to the earth with sustainable development techniques. I thought it was complementary to our work for Slow Food,” said its founder.To get around administrative problems, the project was launched in Labrachoua, a small village 50 kilometers away from Rabat. An association of modern young farmers worked passionately to spread awareness of the new methods among villagers.Launched in September 2013, the movement seemed to touch a cultural nerve. Twenty-three out of 60 families in the village have created their own organic vegetable gardens.“We have strengthened ties between families and created power,” said Mohamed Chafchaouni.The most important workers at the agricultural center are women, who are also the primary beneficiaries of this new agricultural approach.According to the head of Les Incroyables Comestibles, “All developments start with women.” ESPOD, an association of female entrepreneurs hosts a kindergarten and allows female participants in training to become independent. Embroidery, baking, cooking—the women acquire expertise in a little under a year.The project’s heart is located in a garden of herbs and organic vegetables that women and children learn to make sustainable. Seeds, provided by the association Earth and Humanism, are recovered and replanted.“We want to provide an example for people living in the Medina to create their own green space, even in substandard housing,” said Amina Bellil, manager of the center.These initiatives are much larger than merely a “return to nature.” Besides the nurturing of plants, it is the attitudes of village youth that are truly nourished.“Developing green love makes you feel better,” explained Amina Bellil. Working in these gardens helps “to get people out of distress.”In this regard, Morocco seems most suitable for such alternative actions, as the soil and climate are favorable for alternative agriculture.“There is an indescribable excitement around Morocco,” saaid Abbes Benaissa, projects coordinator in the Earth and Humanism Association. He cited examples of Swani Tiqa, an agro-ecological gardens market near Rabat, as well as the educational garden in the city of Dar Bouazza, near Casablanca, and other such exciting initiatives.Les Incroyables Comestibles’ arrival in Rabat is planned for September 2015.  Mohamed Chafchaouni is confident: “I believe in its success. We are many who advocate for a new world.”Edited by Ilona Alexandra© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Nigeria to Finally Sign the African Free Trade Agreement

Rabat- Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari has finally decided to sign the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), expressing his country’s willingness to finally join other African nations in realizing a continental dream of boosting intra-African exchanges. President Buhari made the announcement on July 11 following a closed-door meeting with South African president Cyril Ramaphosa, who was on a working visit in the West African country.Speaking at a joint president with his South African counterpart, President Buhari expressed his “readiness to sign the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement,” according to the Nigerian Guardian. “I am very careful about what I sign, whether it is my checkbook or agreements, especially when it involves nation-states,” the Nigerian president said, confirming earlier reports that Nigeria had qualms about the AfCFTA’s political and economic implications for the Nigerian economy.President Buhari further explained that he is a “slow reader” and needed more time than his advisors to reach a decision regarding the continental agreement. Although many of his advisors had told him that the deal involved numerous benefits for the Nigerian economy, President Buhari said he wanted to base his decision on his own reading of the agreement text.“I was presented with the document, I am a very slow reader, maybe because I am an ex-soldier. I didn’t read it fast enough before my officials saw that it was alright for signature. I kept it on my table. I will soon sign it.”In March of this year, Nigeria shocked Africa observers and analysts when it backed down from signing an agreement to whose buildup it had hugely contributed. Many African leaders, including Morocco’s Mohammed VI, South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa, and Rwanda’s Paul Kagame, described the AfCFTA as an opportunity to strengthen intra-African exchanges and reclaim Africa’s financial independence. For the 44 countries who in March signed the agreement in Kigali, Rwanda, the AfCFTA, when fully implemented, will be a platform to help accelerate the process of Africa’s economic independence, dispelling the global market’s so-called neo-imperialism keeping many African countries from fulfilling their potential.However, President Buhari said at the time that he would not sign a contract that could have detrimental implications for his country’s economy. But the Nigerian leader’s protectionist rhetoric was later slammed by some who saw it as a bogus protectionism since it allegedly aimed to protect the interests of cooperate Nigeria over those of Nigeria as a nation.Despite strong criticism regarding its feasibility, the AfCFTA envisions guaranteeing free movement of persons and goods across the continent, in addition to establishing a single currency in the long term, attracting investments, expanding intra-Africa connectivity, and “unleashing the creativity of Africa’s youth and entrepreneurs.” read more

Malaysia to revive major Chinalinked property project

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia’s government says it will resurrect a multibillion-dollar property project in Kuala Lumpur involving a Chinese state company, calling it a contribution to China’s “Belt and Road” infrastructure initiative.Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says the Cabinet agreed to reinstate the Bandar Malaysia project, which is expected to cost 140 billion ringgit ($33.8 billion).He said Friday the project, which is 40% owned by the government, will be developed with the same consortium partners, local developer Iskandar Waterfront Holdings and China Railway Engineering Corp.The project was started by the indebted 1MDB state investment fund, which sold a 60% stake to the consortium. The project was terminated in May 2017 due to a payment dispute. The 1MDB scandal led to former Prime Minister Najib Razak’s election ouster last May.The Associated Press read more

CEO leading massive 92 billion Muskrat Falls hydro project resigns Its my

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — The man in charge of the troubled $9.2 billion Muskrat Falls hydro project in Labrador is stepping down, leaving a high-profile position that he says often thrust his family into the spotlight as much as himself.Nalcor CEO Ed Martin announced his resignation, effective immediately, on Wednesday.Martin said the intense public scrutiny that can come with leading the Crown corporation has been hard for his wife and four sons. He said he’s looking forward to the birth of his second grandchild and has decided it’s time to step down after 10 years.’Albertan firm chosen to help build $8.5B Muskrat Falls hydro project in Newfoundland and LabradorMuskrat Falls project costs going up, power may be delayed: Nalcor Energy CEO$7.7B Muskrat Falls hydro project costs rise as start date faces delays, Nalcor Energy CEO says“It’s my decision … I’m comfortable that this is the time,” he told a news conference.“I’m extremely proud of the accomplishments we have all achieved as a company. Nalcor is our province’s heritage fund and we should all be very proud.The Liberals, who won power last fall, have pledged to tighten oversight of Muskrat Falls, Nalcor’s major project.The $9.2-billion dam, hydro station and transmission links now under construction are over budget and timelines.An interim report recently released by EY — formerly Ernst and Young — found problems with oversight.The province is set to give Nalcor another $1.3 billion this fiscal year for commitments made under the previous Tory government.There’s been much public debate about Muskrat Falls, Martin said, but some important points have been lost.“We need the power,” he said of the project, especially on the heavily populated Avalon Peninsula. “We will pay back our investment and dividends will be paid back to the people of the province.”Those earnings will help offset increased power bills for ratepayers, he said.Martin said he initiated a call to Premier Dwight Ball on Sunday night and said Ball was “gracious” about his departure.Ball says it was Martin’s choice “at this time in his life.”“We had a good working relationship,” Ball said Wednesday, adding Martin had done a “good job.”“It’s a personal decision.”Ball says a new president will be chosen as soon as possible and any severance will be up to the Nalcor board.“We respect Mr. Martin’s choice today,” he said. read more

At Munich forum Annan urges EuropeanUS work for global collective security

“I have come here today to call on Europe and America to think ahead, and to help plant the seeds of long-term global collective security,” the Secretary-General told the forty-first Munich Conference on Security Policy.He previewed a report that will be presented to UN members in March outlining “the most far-reaching reform of the international security system since the establishment of the United Nations in 1945.”That report will draw heavily on the recommendations of the High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change, which cover a wide spectrum of global issues. Mr. Annan offered several vivid examples of the interdependence of today’s world, including the global economic impact of a terrorist attack in a major city and the potentially rapid spread of a new deadly disease.“In strengthening the security of others, we protect the security of our own,” he declared.The Secretary-General urged preventive action against major threats, stressing the need to galvanize countries in the fight against terrorism. Toward that end, he pledged to outline next month in Madrid – the city struck last March by a devastating terrorist attack – a strategy to fight the scourge.At the same time, Mr. Annan acknowledged that prevention may fail, and in such cases “we may have to consider the use of force.” He cited the imperative of Security Council action to protect citizens from genocide or other mass atrocities.He also addressed the case of Darfur, Sudan. Last month, a UN Commission of Inquiry found that the civilian population there had been brutalized by war crimes and possibly crimes against humanity. The Security Council is now considering how to ensure that those responsible are held to account for their crimes, while a badly under-resourced African Union has been taking the lead in deploying peacekeepers.“Additional measures are urgently required,” the Secretary-General said. “Those organizations with real capacity – and NATO as well as the European Union are well represented in this room – must give serious consideration to what, in practical terms, they can do to help end this tragedy.”He conceded that peace-building efforts succeed only one time out of two. “Half of the civil wars that appear to have been resolved by peace agreements tragically slide back into conflict within five years,” he observed.The UN is stretched thin, with more than 75,000 personnel deployed in 18 peace operations on four continents, while a 19th operation is planned for Sudan. “For the foreseeable future, the global demand will outstrip the capacity of the UN to respond – particularly when only one in five of our uniformed personnel comes from developed countries,” he warned.Ultimately, collective security will flourish in a world of peaceful and capable States, able to exercise their sovereignty responsibly, and to deal with internal stresses before they erupt in conflict, harming their own citizens and threatening others, he said.“We cannot build a safer world unless we take democratization, development and human rights seriously,” he said. “The United Nations advances these causes every day.” read more

Lauding recent development initiatives Annan urges EU to go further

“Development is a continuous process,” Mr. Annan told a lunch hosted by the EU, in conjunction with the General Assembly’s two-day meeting on Financing for Development which has gathered finance ministers in New York to assess efforts to implement the Monterrey Consensus, the 2002 agreement through which donors would increase aid and the world’s poor nations would carry out economic and political reforms to ensure that aid money gets spent effectively.The Consensus, he said, encompasses broader development issues such as growing inequality, globalization, trade-related matters, coherence between financial, trade, aid and debt policies and other systemic questions.”It also focuses on the long term,” he said, “through its emphasis on human capital, which is any country’s most abundant resource.”In that context, he asked the EU to complete its debt cancellation initiative, carried out within the G8 group of industrialized countries, and to ensure that goods from developing countries have wider access to European markets and no longer have to compete against subsidized products. He also noted that the EU is well-placed to increase the participation of developing countries in global economic decision-making, by agreeing to changes at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).By asking for these steps, the Secretary-General stressed he is not losing sight of the responsibility that developing countries bear in their own progress. On the contrary, he said he aimed to improve both sides of the partnership begun at Monterrey.”That is why we are here,” he concluded. “To build the strong partnership for development that is itself the eighth Millennium Goal.” read more

Meyer names Samuel as No 1 playmaker

Junior H-back Curtis Samuel celebrates a touchdown against Rutgers in Piscataway, New Jersey, on Oct. 24, 2015. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State football program has been defined with playmakers and players that have multiple uses on the roster. A team that emphasizes being well-versed in all aspects of the game has produced the likes of players that transition to the NFL as guys who can insert themselves into different positions. Most recently, OSU produced Jalin Marshall, who now plays for the New York Jets, as such a talent. This year, junior H-back Curtis Samuel could benefit from being the Swiss army knife of the Buckeyes.Samuel stands at 5-foot-11 and 197 pounds, giving him the size of many NCAA running backs, but also possesses the speed of a wide receiver. This combination has helped the Brooklyn, New York native produce 1,352 all-purpose yards in his career, along with nine total touchdowns. “I think he’s our No. 1 playmaker on offense right now,” said OSU coach Urban Meyer. “He’s gotta stay healthy and he’s gotta go, and I just love his skill set.”Although the clear-cut leaders for running back and wide receiver are redshirt freshman Mike Weber and redshirt sophomore Noah Brown, respectively, the second spots for these positions are still open. Samuel is poised to see playing time in each role.Being singled out as one of the most important pieces of the puzzle for OSU is something Samuel does not take lightly. Still, he is not prepared to say he will be the one carrying the team.“I’m honored for coach Meyer to say that about me,” Samuel said. “But, as I know and he knows, we have a bunch of playmakers on this team. A bunch of guys that’s very dynamic and are going to have a great year.”Samuel enjoyed most of his success last season as a receiver, racking up 289 yards on 22 receptions and two touchdowns. He averaged 13.1 yards per reception, tying him with OSU alumnus and Houston Texans receiver Braxton Miller.As a running back, Samuel only carried the ball 17 times in 2015, giving up a majority of his touches to now-departed Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys running back. A young backfield could result in an increase to that total, but the junior said his time will be spread uniformly across two positions.“I’ll be spending time playing H-back and playing tailback,” Samuel said. “Even amount of catches, even amount of carries. I’ll be doing both.” read more

Aussie student creates Triad wallmounted energy monitor

first_imgWith the world finally coming to realize that electricity for the most part is created with finite resources, people are looking for inventive ways to cut back on their usage. One such concept device that might help fit the bill is called the Triad: a wall mountable infographic created by Aussie student Erica Pozzey. It brings energy conservation in to the digital age by monitoring your power usage in regards to the goals you set to cut back. It then gives you real-time status updates that will alert you to shut off a couple of lights or to use the more economic settings on your appliances.Pozzey created the Triad concept when she realized that she could leverage the digital culture of engagement that we live in to help create transparency in our energy usage. By being reminded constantly yet quietly about the rate of consumption, people tend to pay more attention and try to adjust their usual behaviors to cut back. Add to that the fact that the Triad is a web-enabled device that can post your results online for other people to compare with, and you can begin to see that Pozzey’s goal was to create a low-level social game to motivate the masses into conservation. The brilliance behind this idea is what won Pozzey two major Australian design awards handed out to students who show promise.To use the Triad, you simply hang the unit on your wall, then use the touchscreen to adjust how much you would like to cut back on your consumption. From there, when the device senses that you are on track to go over, it lights up to give you a warning to reduce the amount of power being burned. Right now the Triad device is just a concept. Pozzey has a mockup she has finished that comes complete with box and packaging. There is no information as to how the unit connects to your home to monitor usage, but I imagine there has to be some sort of wireless bridge connected to the meter attached to the house. Hopefully we will see a finished product in the near future to play with ourselves.Read more at the Queensland University of Technology site, via PhysOrg.last_img read more

Breakfast master We want your tip for perfect poached eggs every time

first_img Short URL Share7 Tweet Email1 76 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/Morozek By Paula Lyne Jun 20th 2018, 8:31 PM SCRAMBLED, BOILED OR even fried, eggs are generally pretty simple to get right. But mention the word “poached” and most people will start to panic.From cracking the egg at the right time to keeping the water swirling (whatever that means), there’s a lot to take on board. Surely there’s a way to get perfect poachers every single time?As part of‘s brand new Lidl Food Magazine, each week we’ll be asking our readers to share their cooking tips, kitchen hacks and go-to-dishes. From the secret to great roast potatoes to the best burger toppings, we’ll have a new question every seven days.This week, we’re asking…What’s your secret for perfect poached eggs?Simply comment below or email to tell us your egg-poaching hack and why it works.You could see your response in the next issue of the Lidl Food Magazine – and the best response this week will win a €50 Lidl voucher. Perfect for your next Big Shop.Want to be included every week?We’re building a panel of home cooks and foodies right now from our readers to answer our weekly question and share their kitchen hacks. If you’re interested (and fancy the chance to win a few prizes from Lidl along the way), send us a mail on with ‘Home Cooks Panel’ in the subject line. Be sure to include:Your nameYour contact detailsWhat kind of foods you like cooking bestIf you’ve already been in touch, keep your eyes peeled for an email soon!Congrats to last week’s winner Clare, whose creative burger topping won her a €50 Lidl voucher. 18,427 Views Wednesday 20 Jun 2018, 8:30 PM Breakfast master? We want your tip for perfect poached eggs every time Share your secrets and you could win a €50 voucher towards your next Big Shop. Image: Shutterstock/Morozeklast_img read more

Iditarod Teams Rest Up for A Big Push as They Near the

first_imgAs teams come off their mandatory 24-hour rest and head for the Yukon River, they’ll be thinking of how best to pick up the pace in what is turning out to be one of the most dramatic, but also the most competitive races in Iditarod history.Hans Gatt. Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage.Teams haven’t yet reached the halfway mark. Twelve-time finisher Hans Gatt says even though he’s running a competitive team, he hasn’t even thought about racing yet.“Well, usually you try to figure out any time after the 24-hour layover, but we’ll probably have to wait until we get to Ruby,” Gatt said.Ruby is nearly 500 miles into the race. Gatt would have liked to there before he rested his team for 24 hours.“I had to kind of patch up the dogs a little bit,” Gatt said. “I had some sick dogs that didn’t eat so I had to 24 here, otherwise, I’d be way down the trail.”But a stopover in Takotna was exactly what Aliy Zirkle had planned.“I always get to Takotna on my own schedule and never look at what’s happening,” she said. “I’ve looked and seen what people are doing and it’s pretty interesting. I guess I’m going to stick on my own schedule until the Yukon and then see where it works out.”Her team was parked right next to defending champion Mitch Seavey’s.  The two worked in the dog yard side-by-side, but shared few words as they focused on feeding their teams and packing their sleds.Ray Reddington Jr. Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage.“We’re running our own dogs right now, so if you kind of start with what your own dogs can do and then get out a little bit later and see where you’re standing compared to everyone else, I guess that’s what we’re doing,” Zirkle said.Unlike other mushers, Zirkle says she isn’t scratching her head over the big, early push made by Martin Buser.“It shouldn’t be surprising after what he did last year,” she said.It’s the second year in a row Buser has set a hard and fast pace early.  Zirkle says she, like many, had expected Norwegian Robert Sorlie to be something of a rabbit this year.  His team was parked further up the hill, also resting for 24 hours.“I think this is the best team I’ve run ever, so far but you never know.”Sorlie’s team is energetic, boisterous and powerful. They’ve pulled him speedily over rough trail and dragged him through checkpoints, eager to keep moving down the trail.  He says they haven’t even begun to race.“I have not pushed them yet. I have not pushed them.  I will not push them before I get to Ruby and after that I think,” he said. “They can go their own speed. That is the best for them, o go their own speed. They know best what they can do, not me.”Sorlie’s approach involves fast runs and lots of rest. He doesn’t like to change his ways.  A tried and true race plan is something former champion Dallas Seavey also likes to stick with.“Just because Aliy, myself, my dad – oh wait a second is that the first and second place mushers from the last two Iditarods? – Now what are all of us doing?  We’re not doing a flashy race, but I can guarantee you, we’re all going to be there at the end,” he said.The younger Seavey likes to keep things relatively simple.Dallas Seavey. Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage.“A lot of times when I see mushers do big moves now, what it tells me is they’ve used their joker, they’ve played that card, they don’t have that card to play on the coast,” he said.Regardless of where mushers start to make strategic moves, they will eventually have to cut a little rest if they want to stay competitive.  It’s something Ray Reddington Junior is well aware of.“Well, I’d like to start doing it somewhere along the river and I’m going to have a little bit of fun here myself and get a little pressure off the dogs,” he said. “Hopefully our run times will stay up and some of these guys will slow down a little bit.”This is Reddington’s 13th Iditarod.  He’s climbed his way into the top-10 the last three consecutive years, but he says he can’t let his guard down.“I mean how many of us when you figure it out is within an hour or two of each other right now,” Reddington said. “You can’t mess up.  If you mess up now, you might have ten teams go by you just for one little hiccup.”Teams have a quick jaunt over to Ophir out of Takotna where they can readjust their plans and take care of dogs.  It’s still more than 140 miles to Ruby where the race meets the Yukon River and teams will presumably start to pick up the pace.last_img read more

Terrorist killed in gunfight with forces in Jammu and Kashmirs Budgam internet

first_imgMobile internet services have been suspended in Budgam district.TwitterOne terrorist has been killed in an encounter that broke in Chadoora area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam district on Sunday, June 30.Security forces launched a cordon and search operation on Sunday morning upon receiving a credible tip-off about the presence of terrorists in the area. The search operation turned into an encounter after the terrorists opened fire upon the security forces.Exchange of #fire between #securityforces & #terrorists at #Bugam #Budgam. Area under #cordon. Details shall follow. @KashmirPolice— J&K Police (@JmuKmrPolice) June 30, 2019The search operation is still continuing. Mobile internet services have been suspended in the area.Earlier on Friday, another encounter that broke out in Budgam district, in which one terrorist was killed.(This is a developing story. More details awaited.)last_img read more

Stop arrest of opposition activists Oli tells EC

first_imgOli AhmedPresident of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Oli Ahmed on Thursday sought the intervention of the election commission (EC) in stopping the arrest and harassment of opposition leaders and activists for the sake of a credible election.”Even after the announcement of the election schedule, many BNP leaders and activists were arrested and taken on remand over the last few days. But, the election commission is playing a silent spectator’s role,” he said.Speaking at a press conference at a city hotel, he further said, “We think it may hamper the national election. We want the election commission to immediately interfere in the matter.”Oli, also the chief coordinator of the BNP-led 20-party alliance, alleged that the government is trying to influence the election results by resorting to various ‘evil designs’.He said the government appointed many retired secretaries as advisers on the plea of looking after various development projects to influence the election results. “The commission should immediately cancel such appointments, and thus reflect the hopes and aspirations of people.”The LDP chief said people’s backs are now pushed against the wall while the country’s economy may collapse anytime for lack of good governance, the rule of law and due to wrong polices and politicisation.To get rid of the current situation, he said, people irrespective of their party, opinion and religion must get united and establish their voting rights.last_img read more

AL MP castigates failure to implement ADP

first_imgParliament FILE PHOTOAwami League MP Abdul Matin Khasru on Monday expressed resentment over the failure of some ministries to implement the annual development programmes, reports UNB.”We’re giving big allocation, but we can’t implement them. When the fiscal year nears its end, we hear that the implementation rate isn’t more than 70 per cent,” he said taking part in the budget discussion in parliament.The Cumilla-5 MP noted that some bureaucrats often said that they are withdrawing the rest of the money.”Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is giving you the money at the beginning of the fiscal year. We want to see that you’ve implemented the budget. You’ve to avail the capability to implement the programmes with the budget allocation,” he said.Khasru proposed forming a parliamentary committee for supervising budget implementation.”We want to find out why we could not implement the budget,” he said.The former law minister praised the government for increasing the allocation.”We’ve to increase our capability in budget implementation. The capabilities of the ministries have to be increased as well as that of the National Board of Revenue,” he said, adding that the lacking of the ministries has to be identified.He criticised the attitude of the ruling party MPs who attack the BNP and said they should instead focus on finding out how we can build our capacity and how the ministries can fully implement their budget allocations.Khasru said that the development spree that started during the incumbent government has to be maintained and for that the tax net has to be expanded.Treasury bench MP Saber Hossain Chowdhury urged the government to introduce “unemployment allowance” as the number of unemployment was increasing alongside the increasing GDP.He said that 11.2 per cent of the unemployed are educated.’Restore order in banking sector’Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal president Hasanul Haq Inu slammed the black money whitening option as “anti-constitutional and unethical”, noting that such moves did not yield good results in the past.”The scope to legalise undisclosed money failed to yield any benefit in the past 10 years. It has no influence on the economy,” Inu said, adding that the government should publish a list of persons who have whitened their black money.He also demanded forming of a commission to restore order in the banking sector. “Initiative for amending laws related to banks and the merging of banks is immediately needed,” he said, suggesting quickly recovering money from big loan defaulters.He said that Bangladesh Bank has the legal power to control banks and recommended the central bank exercise its power independently until the commission on banks is formed.Inu demanded cancellation of additional five percent supplementary duty tax on phone calls and import duty on smartphones.”Increasing tax at source to 10 per cent from five per cent on family savings certificates will have a negative impact. Imposing tax on online and ride sharing was unfortunate. These decisions should be reviewed,” he said.’Eligible institutions to be brought under MPO’Education minister Dipu Moni said that education for creating more skilled manpower will be possible with allocation for the sector in the proposed budget.She said that Monthly Pay Order for non-government educational institutions will be provided based on criteria set up by the ministry.”All eligible institutions who have met the criteria will be brought under the MPO system,” she added.Dipu said everyone should work together to make the ineligible institutions eligible so that these could be brought under MPO system.Khaleda’s release soughtMeanwhile, BNP MP Abdus Sattar Bhuiyan demanded the unconditional release of party chief Khaleda Zia.He said that the former prime minister was a victim of the political ploy of the ruling Awami League which is barring her from getting bail.He also demanded withdrawal of ‘ghost cases’ filed against BNP leaders and activists across the country.Sattar noted that during a pre-poll dialogue, prime minister Hasina assured them that such cases would be withdrawn.”But they still exist,” he claimed.last_img read more

Myths of History Was Napoleon Bonaparte Short

first_imgThe power of images and propaganda is real. They have the strength to shape the views of entire civilizations and the influence to become embedded in the national psyche for centuries. For instance when the average person thinks of Napoleon Bonaparte, most likely a few key images come to mind. The oddly iconic hat, a hidden hand tucked into his military uniform, and the fact that he was short. A short Napoleon has become such an ingrained part of Western history and culture that even a complete psychological profile was named for it. If someone has a “Napoleon complex” it means trying to overcompensate for their short stature by exaggerated assertiveness and embellished bellicosity. The idea has come down to us that Napoleon tried to conquer Europe in order to make up for his lack of height.Bonaparte at the Siege of ToulonHowever, the fact is that Napoleon was of average (possibly even slightly above average) height for his day. The image of the short emperor is the combined result of a confusion in differing measurement standards, confused contemporary perceptions, and a single cartoon used to portray Napoleon in a foolish, negative light.British propaganda of the time promoted the idea that Napoleon was short.In the early 19th century the French and British used different scales of measurement. The French inch and foot was substantially larger than the British equivalent. In 1802, French doctor Jean-Nicolas Corvisart stated Napoleon’s height to be 5’2” (5 feet 2 inches).The British press took note of this and later used it in their war of words with the French. However, taking into account the differences in measurement standards, 5’2” in France equated to 5’7” (roughly 170 cm) in the British imperial system, the system still used in America today.Retro styled image of a vintage Napoleon costume with hat.Matters were further confused during his autopsy. Napoleon died in exile on the tiny isolated island of St. Helena deep in the south Atlantic. His French doctor, Francesco Antommarchi, carried out the autopsy and stated his height at death was 5’2”.This figure was signed off by the other British doctors on this British-controlled territory. Again though, we have the discrepancy in measurement scales. This figure of 5’2” only applied to the French system. His real height was 5’7” in the British system.The sarcophagus of Napoleon Bonaparte. Photo by Son of Groucho CC BY 2.0According to the BBC, the average height of British males at the time of Napoleon was around 165 cm or 5’5”. This means that Napoleon, at 170 cm (5’7”) was actually a bit taller than normal for his era. Surprising Origins Of Popular English Phrases.Another confusing matter had to do with the perceptions of the day. Firstly, Napoleon was often referred to by his troops as “Le Petit Corporal,” the Little Corporal. In the French language though this moniker “Petit” more often than not doesn’t refer to actual size but is rather used as a term of endearment. Napoleonic soldiers weren’t making fun of their emperor’s height, they were giving him a popular and endearing nickname.Also, Napoleon liked to surround himself with members of his Imperial Guard. There were strict height requirements to be selected into the Guard which meant Napoleon was usually seen among significantly taller men. A fact which also could have led to the perception that he was short.Napoleonic Gunner, living history re-enactor.Lastly, we have the case of the all-powerful image in creating widely-held beliefs. The year 1803, directly after the peace treaty between the French and British had been called off, is when this notion of Napoleon’s shortness really took hold.Tristin Hopper of the National Post has commented that Napoleon was considered “of normal stature” until 1803. So what happened in 1803 to change the course of Napoleonic lore in the popular imagination? A caricature cartoon was published in Britain titled “Maniac Ravings or Little Boney in a Strong Fit.”” The Plumb-pudding in danger ” – Caricature by James GillrayJames Gillray was the author of this cartoon which portrays a diminutive Napoleon flipping over furniture in a childish temper tantrum and screaming about the British parliament and press. His oversized hat and furniture make Bonaparte to appear almost dwarf-like.The cartoon was spread far and wide and became enormously popular, inspiring many others to also depict Napoleon as a tiny runt. In this way, a bad-tempered, child-sized Napoleon became the accepted and henceforth authoritative standard for images and depictions of Bonaparte.“Maniac raving’s or Little Boney in a strong fit.” Gillray’s caricatures ridiculing Napoleon greatly annoyed the Frenchman, who wanted them suppressed by the British government.Napoleon at the time was aware of the image and not happy about it. Despite many attempts, he was unsuccessful in getting the British media to discontinue the unflattering cartoon. In fact, the National Post states that just before he died, Napoleon reportedly said that James Gillray and his cartoon “did more than all the armies of Europe to bring me down.”Read another story from us: Napoleon’s hat from the worst day of his life was auctioned and fetched a hefty sumSo there we have it. The origin of one of the most enduring myths and misunderstandings of history. One that is still generally accepted as fact today. 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Nick Wright Its time for the NFL to ditch marijuana testing

first_imgAs abhorrent human being, and remorseless domestic abuser Greg Hardy was permitted by the NFL to suit up for the Dallas Cowboys last season after only serving a four game suspension, many cringed that he was allowed to play. Hardy is an all around bad dude and a despicable human being.On the flip side, Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended for two entire seasons for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy for smoking marijuana.Steelers’ Pro Bowl running back Le’Veon Bell will serve a four game suspension to start the season for the second consecutive year for violating the league’s substance abuse policy for smoking pot.While a rule is a rule, and Bell and Gordon are knuckleheads for not putting down the pipe, that the NFL treats weed smokers as harsh, or more harshly, than an unrepentant domestic abuser like Hardy seems proportionally out of wack. Advertisement Nick Wright, who filled in for Colin in The Herd today, thinks it’s time for the NFL to more closely reflect the country’s attitude and stop testing for pot.“As the country starts to be more sensible on marijuana, why the two biggest sports leagues are trapped in some Nixonian “Refer Madness” is beyond me.”Nick added, “The fans don’t benefit. The teams don’t benefit. The players don’t benefit. There are cities and states that are homes to pro sports franchises where players can legally go down the street and buy a joint. If we thought marijuana was a truly dangerous substance, then we wouldn’t laugh at Josh Gordon.  We’d say get him help.  But, no one looks at marijuana that way.”Regardless of whether players are toking up for recreational purposes, or as a pain management tool, the NFL’s stance on marijuana in 2016 seems dazed ‘n confused.last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Collette, a third-generation, family-owned worldwide tour operator that has recently opened its Sydney office, has introduced a free chauffeur driven car service to take your client to the airport and collect them on their return.Any clients you book with Collette can take advantage of this special personalised stress free service, regardless of what they are spending or whether they have toured with Collette previously.“From start to finish our goal is to offer the best holiday experience, with exceptional quality and value”, says Alison Mead, Collette’s Australia Business Manager.“The chauffeur drive service is another value-add showcasing the inclusive nature of our touring product.”This service is valid for any new bookings from 10 September 2015 – 31 October 2015 within a 40km driving distance of airport gateways in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Cairns, Hobart, Perth, Darwin, Canberra.Additional kilometres can be purchased at a fee for 41kms to 70kms driving distance.Not valid on group travel. One transfer per room booking. Additional stops are not permitted on route. For parties of 3 or more alternate vehicles may be used. Other restrictions may apply. Bookings from 01 November 2015 onwards will receive complimentary chauffeur drive service with any Collette booking incorporating air and land ex Australia.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more