Province Supports Collaborative HealthCare Clinic in Bridgewater

first_imgPeople living in Bridgewater will soon have shorter waits and better access to family doctors with the announcement of a new collaborative health-care clinic. Premier Darrell Dexter announced today, Jan. 7, that the province will support a new clinic, which could open as early as this spring. The collaborative facility will bring together a team of doctors, nurse practitioners and other health-care providers to provide better care. “I know many Bridgewater residents have had great difficulty finding a family doctor, and were being forced to wait long hours in emergency departments to get the care they need,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “These challenges are all related and this situation is unacceptable. The province is pleased to support this new clinic, which will go a long way to alleviating the pressures in the health-care system in this community. “This solution is the result of many people working together to ensure better care for the people of Bridgewater. The new clinic will shorten wait times and help to attract skilled physicians and other health-care providers to the area.” The Department of Health and Wellness will work with South Shore Health to establish the new clinic. The department will also ensure that the district health authority has the appropriate financial resources to secure a location for the clinic. “This is great news for the people of Bridgewater and the surrounding areas,” said Gary Ramey, ministerial assistant for Health and Wellness, on behalf of Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson. “Our hope is that with the establishment of this new centre, more physicians will come to the area and help bridge the gap between families and doctors.” “This new health centre would not have been possible without the support of the province,” said Dr. Peter Vaughan, president and CEO of South Shore Health. “This support means the difference between us having an idea versus us having an actual location for our clinic.” Don Downe, Mayor of the Municipality of Lunenburg, also welcomed the support. “This is a great day for residents on the South Shore and for all who have worked hard at trying to bring together a solution. I congratulate the MLAs and the minister for their efforts.”last_img read more

Alberta fire chief suspended wore blackface at offduty costume party in 2016

first_imgST. ALBERT, Alta. — The chief of a municipal fire department in Alberta has been suspended without pay for two weeks for wearing a blackface costume at a private party three years ago.Bernd Gretzinger of St. Albert Fire and Rescue Services has apologized for dressing up as musician Lenny Kravitz at the party, which was before he was employed by the city.Gretzinger says the images were posted on his personal Facebook page and were taken down last year.He says he dressed up as Kravitz for the celebrity-themed party in 2016 because he is a fan of the rock star’s music.Gretzinger says no one at the party said anything to him about his costume or suggested it was in poor taste.He says he posted an apology for the images earlier this month.“I apologize if I hurt anybody with my actions. That was never the intent,” Gretzinger said. “I’m devastated.”The City of St. Albert issued a release that doesn’t name Gretzinger, but refers to the behaviour of a city employee while off duty.“These actions were racially insensitive and not consistent with the culture of the City of St. Albert,” said Kevin Scoble, the city’s chief administrative officer.“The employee has taken accountability for the mistake and is working to make amends.”Gretzinger was hired as the city’s fire chief in January. He says he doesn’t take issue with the suspension.Blackface refers to when someone paints or alters their appearance to resemble someone with a different skin tone.Its origins are rooted in early 19th-century American minstrel performances where white performers would paint their faces black and lips white as a caricature of black people.Earlier this month, three images and one video surfaced of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau in brownface and blackface makeup taken between sometime in the 1990s and 2001. (CTV Edmonton)This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 26, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Will removing parents instead of the children from homes work

first_imgBy Brandi MorinAPTN National NewsIt’s a scene that is all too familiar to many in the child welfare system.Kids being taken away from their families and placed into foster care.It is a traumatic thing for a child to go through. So, communities like Misipawistik Cree Nation in northern Manitoba are looking to turn the tables. Earlier this month chief and council passed a resolution that will see the parent removed from the home. Instead of the child being apprehended, when an outside agency like Child and Family Services gets involved, the parent will be asked to leave. A childcare worker would then be placed in the home to care for the children.Alice McKay was taken from her mother at the age of three. She passed through over a dozen foster homes until she turned 18. Despite having years of therapy, the night she was taken away is forever etched in her memory.  “Cause the last thing I remember is you know, all these emergency personnel and police officers came like, barging up the stairs on the floor, like where we lived. They kicked in the door,” recalled McKay. “My brother and I were ushered out into a police car right away and so we were still sitting outside when they brought my mother down the stairs, strapped to a gurney and I just remember hearing her screaming, ‘Where are my kids? Where are my kids?’”Now, a mother of four herself, McKay doesn’t see much benefit in removing the parent from the home. But she sees no difference in either of the scenarios. “At the end of the day it’s not so much about where you’re living or what your home looks like it’s having your parents,” she said. “Being ripped away from your parents is ultimately what’s the most traumatic.” Child welfare activist Cindy Blackstock says it may be a good thing.“You know, child removal at the best of times is really disruptive so the more you can keep things normal for a child in their own family home with their brothers and sisters, access to extended family members, the same school and having even access to your pets, the better it is for the child,” said Blackstock.Although it may add incentive for parents to seek support instead of leaving their home, there is little to no research to support that it works. In fact, there is currently no tracking system in Canada that monitors children’s progress from the time they enter the system to when they leave. bmorin@aptn.calast_img read more

Dutch King Reminisce About His Stay in Morocco in a Ramadan

Rabat – On May 16, 2019, Dutch King Willem-Alexander recently surprised those having iftar at a community center in the multicultural Transvaal district of The Hague.The Dutch King arrived without informing any of the locals that he would come and then sat with four different tables during the event to connect with the residents and community center workers breaking their fast.A youth worker at the community center, Nadir Abdel Moumen said, “it was initially a matter of searching for conversation topics. Should it be chic? Or politics? It ended with the King telling about the areas in Morocco he has visited.” When King Willem-Alexander said that that event was his first Iftar, the locals “helped with his hazing.” Over coffee and orange juice, the king also conversed about their neighborhood and the significance of the community center.“The King gives the impression that it does not matter that we are migrants. It makes you feel important that he comes here to our community center,” Cantu Alkurt, an employee at a local preschool said.King Willem-Alexander visited Musee Dar Si Said in Marrakech in 2005, where he saw the opening of an exhibition organised by the Mondrian Foundation. The Foundation focuses on modern Dutch art, commissioned by Dutch Ministries of Foreign Affairs and of Education, Culture and Science, celebrating 400 Years of Morocco and The Netherlands. read more

Gazette to be issued to conduct raids on private hospitals

The Health Minister said that the Ministry hopes to regulate every aspect of private hospitals. A gazette is to be issued next week to conduct raids on private hospitals, the Ministry of Health said today.Health Minister, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that a report on regulating private hospitals will be prepared in two months.

UN rights expert urges independent probe into power plant destruction in Gaza

“The destruction of Gaza’s electricity power station is profoundly inconsistent with the health and safety of all civilians living in Gaza, especially the young, sick, infirm and elderly, as well as their right to the highest attainable standard of health, enshrined in the International Bill of Rights and other international human rights instruments,” Paul Hunt, the UN Human Rights Council’s Special Rapporteur on the right to the highest attainable standard of health, said in a statement issued Wednesday.He noted that following the attack, the lack of power for pumps is causing “a serious water shortage, and affecting sewage disposal, for tens of thousands of households throughout the Gaza Strip.” Amid reports of sewage leakage, as well as a reduction in municipal waste collection and disposal, the expert, who is unpaid and serves in an individual capacity, noted that reported cases of diarrhoea have increased by 163 per cent compared to the same period last year. He also warned that communicable diseases, like cholera and poliomyelitis, could re-emerge.He said the destruction of Gaza’s electricity power station may be a violation of international humanitarian law, which requires that parties to a conflict must always distinguish between combatants and civilians. “Attacks can only be directed against combatants and military objectives.”Under international humanitarian law, a target may be attacked if it is both making an effective contribution to the enemy’s military action and its destruction provides a definite military advantage to the attacker. “Whether or not both conditions applied in the case of Gaza’s electricity power station is an issue that demands careful, independent investigation,” he said.He also noted that an attack must be proportionate, and said this issue also requires the same scrutiny. “When undertaking this enquiry, it is imperative that, in addition to military matters, other relevant issues are also taken into account, including the acute dependency and vulnerability of the people of Gaza,” he said, recommending that an independent enquiry determine whether or not the recent attack on Gaza’s electricity power station was a war crime. He also urged the captors of Israeli Corporal Gilad Shalit to release him unharmed immediately. “Pending his release, he must receive appropriate medical assistance and care, and he must be treated humanely,” he said.“Also, I remind all parties that the prohibition against targeting a civilian population applies to civilians within both Israel and the Gaza Strip. All such targeting should cease immediately.” read more

UN expert urges Greece and global financial institutions to reach debt deal

“If there is no compromise, Greece may sooner or later default, making the crisis…even worse,” Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, the UN Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights, stressed in a press statement today. The Greek Government has carried out stringent policies since 2010, in which public spending cuts and labour market reforms accelerated unemployment. The latest data show one out of two young adults is jobless. Moreover, 35.7 per cent of the population is at risk of poverty and social exclusion, the highest percentage in the Eurozone. Healthcare and education are also great concerns, with severe impact on the most vulnerable, said Mr. Bohoslavsky, spotlighting the human rights issues identified in his predecessor’s report on the subject.While welcoming actions made by Greece such as a debt audit commission and a law on relief for people living in extreme poverty, Mr. Bohoslavsky said these initiatives do not “go far enough,” warning that “economic and social right could be further undermined in Greece by lack of flexibility.”Greek Government and international lenders should consider a holistic approach to tackle economic and social rights issues, recommended the UN expert, with a priority in maximizing available resources to “bolster the real economy and close holes in the social security.” Achieving adjustment also needs shared efforts in a fair manner compliant with the obligations Greece and creditor States under related international law, according to Mr. Bohoslavsky.Of great significance is reforming tax measures and combatting tax evasion at the national level, he highlighted.At the regional level, the human rights expert suggested a further debt relief for “sustainable debt solutions.”“Human rights should not stop at the doors of international organizations and international financial institutions,” said Mr. Bohoslavsky, underscoring that “they have to be respected when responsibilities are delegated by States to international bodies, such as the European Stability Mechanism.”Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Tavares chasing hometown history in dominant first season with Leafs

Were John Tavares to stop right here, he would have a top-10 season in Toronto Maple Leafs history for goals and a top-25 campaign for points.Fortunately he doesn’t have to.There are still six games left to chase an even loftier position in the record book of his childhood team.For Tavares’s next trick, how does a late charge at a 50-goal season sound? It’s suddenly possible after a career-best four-goal game against the Florida Panthers on Monday, the kind of night where he went hard to the net like always and got rewarded again and again.He’s now up to 45 goals, and in need of a surging finish to become Toronto’s first 50-goal man since Dave Andreychuk in 1993-94. It’s not likely, but it’s not impossible either.“If you get there, it would be great,” Tavares said after a 7-5 win. “It just means you’re helping the team out and contributing consistently. Obviously it’s a significant number in our league for many reasons.”It’s a number he once blew past during a ridiculous 72-goal campaign with the Oshawa Generals, but has never previously come close to touching as an NHLer. His high-water mark during nine seasons with the New York Islanders was 38.In Toronto, Tavares found instant success with Mitch Marner and his next-level vision, just as Leafs management projected he would during their free-agent pitch to him last season. He also benefits from being one of two No. 1 lines on Mike Babcock’s bench, something that came into play Monday when Auston Matthews drew the difficult Aleksander Barkov assignment against Florida.But, more than anything, Tavares has been a model of consistency since grabbing the spotlight and signing a $77-million, seven-year deal with the Leafs. He’s so steady you could set a watch to him. He hasn’t gone more than two games without a point and more than five games without a goal all season.Other than putting four pucks behind Roberto Luongo, there wasn’t anything particularly noteworthy about his game against the Panthers. His first goal saw Panthers defenceman Aaron Ekblad accidentally whack it in and the second came on a nice pass from Zach Hyman.The third and fourth both saw Tavares drive hard to the crease and pick up loose rebounds, which might as well be his calling card. He’s got an uncanny ability to gain position on defenders in the hard areas and get open for tips or loose change.“Johnny knows where to go,” said Marner. “He’s smart, he’s played for a long time and knows where to score the goals and he’s done a great job of finding his way to the net and getting open and putting those in.”The result of his machine-like work ethic and devotion to the process is an unexpected chance to chase 50 — a milestone only Andreychuk, Rick Vaive and Gary Leeman have hit as Leafs.Consider it something to focus on or rally around in the final days of a season where Toronto isn’t battling for playoff positioning. They are basically playing out the string and still have one more visit remaining to Tavares’s old home on Long Island next Monday.Even a regimented coach like Babcock, who is all about the greater good and trying to get better today in order to win tomorrow, sees value in chasing personal milestones. Hyman hit 20 goals for the first time in his career against Florida, while Marner, Auston Matthews and Morgan Rielly are among the others destined to emerge from 2018-19 with new career bests.“I think it’s a huge thing and I try to be cognizant of it,” said Babcock.Tavares has already matched his best NHL season with 86 points, but the chance to get to 50 goals is really special. Only five players have reached that number since he entered the league in 2009 — Alex Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Corey Perry — and the opportunity may simply never come around again.However, any extra pressure that comes with trying to score five goals in the final six games isn’t likely to faze Tavares.What’s opened his new teammate’s eyes the most this season is how consistently he prepares no matter what is happening. Through winning streaks and losing stretches, whether he’s got a hot hand or is on the wrong end of puck luck, nothing changes.“It’s easy to go into the rink early once a week or do treatment — roll out — when you feel like it. He does it every single day,” said Rielly. “It’s not that easy and it’s a long season, and he’s in there every single day doing the same thing. He’s got a routine he’d like to stick to.”While there’s no reason to expect that to change now, it’s worth reflecting on what brought him home in the first place.It was about the chance to play with great young players and chase a Stanley Cup. The allure of doing something special in the place where he fell in love with the game.If Tavares were ever to score 50 goals wearing a Leafs sweater, it’s something that would be remembered in these parts long after he was gone. read more

Pedestrian killed on Soesdyke Public Road

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPedestrian 43, killed in accident at Prospect, EBDAugust 9, 2018In “Crime”Cyclist killed in Soesdyke hit and runMarch 25, 2019In “Crime”Pedal cyclist killed, struck down by drunk minibus driverSeptember 20, 2017In “Crime” A pedestrian was this afternoon killed after he was struck down while attempting to cross the Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara Public Road.Dead is 32-year-old, Lester Oselmo, a labourer of Lot 152 Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara (EBD).Reports revealed that motorcar PHH 4810 being driven by 42-year-old, Bobby Moore of Lot 14 Norton Street, Wortmanville Georgetown was proceeding along the roadway when it is alleged that Oselmo suddenly ran across the road.The man was unable to swerve in time to avoid a collision and instead Oselmo was struck and was flung several feet into the air and landed on the surface of the road.He was picked up in an unconscious manner by Moore, placed into his vehicle and rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre (DDC) where he was pronounced dead on arrival.A breathalyser test conducted on Moore showed no sign of alcohol on his breath. The matter is being investigated. read more

Contamination au plomb un nouveau scandale en Chine

first_imgContamination au plomb : un nouveau scandale en ChineAprès la découverte d’un nouveau scandale d’intoxication au plomb, les autorités chinoises ont arrêté 74 personnes et suspendu la production dans des centaines d’usines de batteries de l’est de la Chine.Les autorités de la province chinoise de Zhejiang, dans l’est du pays, ont annoncé avoir arrêté 74 personnes dans plusieurs affaires de contamination au plomb, rapporte TV5 Monde. 172 personnes, dont 53 enfants, ont été intoxiqués dans les alentours d’une usine de batteries de Taizhou. L’eau et l’électricité ont alors été coupées dans 652 usines afin de suspendre leur production. Les autorités ont également imposé des amendes dont le total atteint 8,22 millions de yuans, soit 880.000 euros environ.À lire aussiL’étrange phénomène des “Blue tears”, aussi splendide que dangereuxPendant deux mois, les autorités ont surveillé les activités de production de batteries, de soudure, de galvanoplastie ainsi que les opérations de démantèlement dans la région. Une surveillance mise en place en avril par Pékin dans le cadre d’un plan de lutte contre les pollutions aux métaux lourds. Des mesures ont été prises après qu’une trentaine d’affaires d’empoisonnement aux métaux lourds ont été mises au jour dans le pays depuis 2009. Au cours de leur enquête menée à Taizhou, les responsables locaux de la protection de l’environnement ont noté quelque 148 infractions.La province de Zhejiang, un grand centre de production de batteries électriques, est régulièrement touchée par des contaminations aux métaux lourds. Fin avril, 53 personnes ont été hospitalisées après que des taux élevés de plomb ont été décelés dans le sang de plus de 300 riverains d’une usine fabriquant des batteries pour motos. L’empoisonnement au plomb peut avoir de graves impacts sur les systèmes nerveux, musculaires et de reproduction. Il est particulièrement dangereux pour les enfants.Le 31 mai 2011 à 20:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Two pedestrians struck by Vancouver police car

first_imgTwo pedestrians were injured Saturday when they were struck by a Vancouver Police Department patrol car in a crosswalk in downtown Vancouver, according to a police statement.The incident occurred at about 10 a.m. at the intersection of Columbia Street and Evergreen Boulevard, the statement said. A patrol officer was traveling west on Evergreen Boulevard and was making a left turn to go south on Columbia Street, when his patrol car hit two pedestrians who were crossing in the crosswalk, the statement said.Both pedestrians were transported to a hospital with minor injuries and were treated and released, according to the statement. Their names were not released Saturday, nor was the name of the officer involved. The Vancouver Police Department Traffic Unit is investigating, the statement said.last_img read more

Press Talk A Utopian society Are there guns

first_imgWatch the video of The Columbian editorial board’s meeting with the 3rd Congressional District candidates.I’m guilty.Guilty of asking marginally strange questions that — yes — sometimes makes folks feel a little uncomfortable.They often happen during our editorial board meetings when we interview candidates who are running for elective office.We usually have reporters sit in on those meetings, and there usually is enough news coming from them to generate a story.But don’t expect to see stuff that I ask about end up in the story.Hey, remember, marginally strange.When I sat on our editorial board at The News-Press in Fort Myers, Fla., the editor wrote a column about the board. He described me as a loose cannon, never knowing what kind of crazy question I’d ask.I took it as a compliment.Liberal or conservative, incumbent or challenger, it really doesn’t matter. Putting political types in slightly uncomfortable positions is a good thing. At least I think so.Today I’m just as comfortable exposing Mayor Tim Leavitt and the liberal Vancouver City Council as I am exposing the conservative County Commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke.I suspect when some folks leave our editorial board meetings they might mutter, “Who was that guy?”o o oTake our editorial board meeting earlier this week with candidates for the 3rd Congressional District.Jaime Herrera Beutler is the Republican incumbent. She is being challenged by Democrat Bob Dingethal and Republican Michael Delavar.The gun control issue came up. Because we had reporter Lauren Dake in the editorial board meeting we had an option to do a story. She felt the discussion was newsworthy, and the story centered on gun control.last_img read more

Apple Google Plan Fixes for Newly Uncovered Freak Security Bug

first_img Apple Inc and Google Inc said on Tuesday that they have developed fixes to mitigate the newly uncovered ‘Freak’ security flaw affecting mobile devices and Mac computers.The vulnerability in web encryption technology could enable attackers to spy on communications of users of Apple’s Safari browser and Google Inc’s Android browser, according to researchers who uncovered the flaw.Apple spokesman Ryan James said the computer had developed a software update to remediate the vulnerability, which would be pushed out next week.Google spokeswoman Liz Markman said the company had also developed a patch, which it has provided to partners. She declined to say when users could expect to receive those upgrades.Google typically does not directly push out Android software updates. Instead they are handled by device makers and mobile carriers.The Washington Post reported that the bug left users of Apple and Google devices vulnerable to cyberattack when visiting hundreds of thousands of websites, including Whitehouse.gov, NSA.gov and FBI.gov. http: (wapo.st/18KaxIA)Whitehouse.gov and FBI.gov have been fixed, but NSA.gov remains vulnerable, the paper cited Johns Hopkins cryptographer Matthew D. Green as saying.A group of nine researchers discovered that they could force web browsers to use an form of encryption that was intentionally weakened to comply with U.S. government regulations that ban American companies from exporting the strongest encryption standards, according to the paper.Once they caused the site to use the weaker export encryption standard, they were then able to break the encryption within a few hours. That could allow hackers to steal data and potentially launch attacks on the sites themselves by taking over elements on a page, the newspaper reported.Markman said that Google advises all websites to disable support for the less-secure, export-grade encryption.”Android’s connections to most websites – which include Google sites, and others without export certificates – are not subject to this vulnerability,” she added.The group of researchers dubbed the flaw Freak, for “Factoring RSA-EXPORT Keys,” according to a website where they described the vulnerability.(Reporting by Jim Finkle; Editing by Christian Plumb, Bernard Orr) 2 min read Enroll Now for Free This story originally appeared on Reuters Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. March 4, 2015last_img read more

Oscar Ariass Crucitas case dismissed prosecutor plans appeal

first_imgKatherine Stanley, Managing Editor of The Tico Times, worked in the Office of the President during Oscar Arias’ second presidency and provided English-language speechwriting services for Arias. She has recused herself from all reporting and editorial decisions for any story involving Arias, including this one.This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:What’s going on at Crucitas? Mercury contaminating Crucitas water, threatening ecosystems, warns UNA study Who is Óscar Arias? Former Tico Times publisher recalls Daly’s account of Arias misconduct What’s going on at Crucitas?center_img The Criminal Court of the Treasury announced Thursday night that it has dismissed charges against former Costa Rican president Óscar Arias for his involvement in approving the construction of the Crucitas gold mine.A judge declared that the statute of limitations for bringing Arias to trial has passed.Roberto Dobles — who served as Environment Minister under Arias’s administration — and six other officials will be tried in court, Semanario Universidad reported.The Chief Prosecutor’s Office said Friday afternoon that it will appeal the dismissal of the charges against Arias. It argued that there are factors that should have extended the statute of limitations for an additional six years from 2017.If the appeal fails, the case will remain closed and Arias will not be brought to trial.“The defense is pleased with this decision, though it regrets that the Public Ministry has spent time and resources to reopen a penal cause that had expired and where clearly there is no crime,” Arias’s lawyer, Rodolfo Brenes, told reporters following Thursday’s ruling.Chief Prosecutor Emilia Navas had presented criminal charges against Arias in August 2018 for breach of duty, reopening a probe into whether the then-president failed to uphold his responsibilities by signing a 2008 decree allowing Canadian company Infinito Gold to construct an open-pit gold mine in Costa Rica’s northern region.Arias’s decree deemed the mine “in the public interest” despite a 2002 court ruling that had established a moratorium on open pit mining. Costa Rican courts in 2010 voided Infinito Gold’s authorization due to environmental concerns.Since then, the region has been harmed by illegal gold miners eager to cash in on the area’s massive quantities of the precious metal.Arias in February has been accused of sexual assault by several women, two of whom have filed criminal complaints against the politician. Arias has “categorically” denied allegations of sexual assault, saying he has “never acted in a way that disrespected the will of any woman.”last_img read more

Destination NSW partners with Sony Music

first_imgA landmark partnership between Destination NSW and Sony Music Entertainment Australia to collaborate on world class major events in Sydney and regional areas, was announced on Friday by the NSW Government.Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events and Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres, said the partnership will provide new opportunities for some of the State’s biggest events.“This unique partnership is another example of the innovation and collaboration of Destination NSW and a key industry powerhouse such as Sony Music,” Mr Ayres said.“This is the first time a major global entertainment company has partnered with an Australian tourism organisation and the partnership will greatly enhance our ability to secure world class musical talent and attract visitors to NSW.“Tourism is NSW’s second largest export industry and I look forward to seeing this partnership build.”Sony Music Entertainment is a  leading global entertainment company whose artists include P!nk, Justin Timberlake, Jessica Mauboy, The Foo Fighters, Delta Goodrem and Australia’s Eurovision runner-up Dami Im.Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer, Sandra Chipchase said “Innovation in marketing is key to growth so this new partnership with Sony Music gives us many  avenues to build additional visitation to NSW.”“We will also have greater access to Sony Music talent to perform at our major events, and access to Sony Music’s unique market segmentation platform, which will greatly assist in building the reach of our local and international campaigns.”Denis Handlin AM, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sony Music Australia & New Zealand and President Asia, said the partnership will provide valuable exposure to local and international artists.“This is an excellent partnership with Destination NSW that will demonstrate the ability for music and entertainment to excite the State of NSW and importantly drive tourism. This agreement opens a wide range of opportunities for our artists to be showcased at NSW events, from emerging talent to established stars. We look forward to working together to help take NSW to a wider audience.” Destination NSWSource = Destination NSWlast_img read more

Cong Allies Have Significant Lead over NDA After First Three Phases of

first_imgMumbai: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Saturday claimed that his party and the allies have a significant lead over the BJP-led NDA at the end of the first three phases of Lok Sabha polls, wherein voting has taken place in 303 constituencies.The former Union minister’s remarks came a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed in Mumbai that the Congress won’t get even 50 seats in the ongoing Lok Sabha election. Addressing a press conference here, Chidambaram said, “I am prepared to stick my neck out and make a prediction on the results of the first three phases.”He also claimed the Congress is on the same “level” with the BJP. “That means the Congress has gained significantly and, correspondingly, the BJP has suffered losses. As an alliance, the Congress and its allies have a significant lead over the BJP and its allies. Mark the word ‘significant’. The unfinished task is to retain the initiative, press forward and ensure the lead over BJP is extended,” he said.When asked about Modi’s remarks about the Congress not getting even 50 seats, Chidambaram said, “One can’t stop anybody from dreaming. Modi dreams not only when he is asleep, but also when he is awake.”The Rajya Sabha member from Maharashtra said, “The narrative of security and pseudo-nationalism is a false one. Who secured the nation in three wars that were fought against Pakistan in 1947, 1965 and 1971. India is safe because it has a professional Army, Navy and Air Force, and not because one person boasts of a 56-inch chest.”Chidambaram said people have voted against the “twin disasters of demonetisation and flawed GST”.Responding to questions, he said demonetisation was a “big scandal”, which will be probed after the change in the government. “The decision was taken to help convert black money into white. Unaccounted money has become accounted due to note-ban,” he said.To a question about the remarks by BJP’s Bhopal Lok Sabha seat candidate Pragya Singh Thakur on late IPS officer Hemant Karkare, he said the comments were “condemnable”. “Karkare was a celebrated police officer of Maharashtra who was martyred in the 26/11 attacks,” the former minister said.He said the NYAY Scheme envisaged by the Congress will be implemented if the party is voted to power. “There is enough money in the country. The question is how to allocate it correctly,” he added.Chidambaram said in 2014, the Congress-led UPA had campaigned on its ten years of performance, while Modi on his tall promises.”People voted for those promises. Now, he should have sought votes on his five years of performance. We have been questioning him on what happened to the promises of putting Rs 15 lakh into the bank accounts of people, giving two crore jobs a year and doubling of farmers income,” he said.On a question about the Congress-led opposition’s prime ministerial candidate, Chidambaram said the party has already made it clear that the PM will be chosen after the results and the meeting of all non-BJP parties.When asked about BJP’s promise of abolishing Article 370, Chidambaram said, “The instrument of accession signed between Maharaja Hari Singh and (then) Home Minister Sardar Patel should be read carefully. Apart from Article 370, there are various special provisions for different states. Why single out only Article 370? There is a history of how India was united.”Responding to a query on Congress manifesto regarding the Armed Forces Special Protection Act, Chidambaram said the manifesto speaks about reviewing the Act to ensure there is no immunity in complaints of sexual offence, torture, enforced disappearance or encounter.”If there are complaints, those will be investigated. What is wrong in that. Human rights are as important as security,” he said.Chidambaram claimed that if the Congress is voted to power, it will re-start the growth engine, waive agriculture loans, create jobs, transfer Rs 72,000 per year into accounts of 5 crore households that are below poverty line. Armed Forces Special Protection ActArticle 370BJPcongress First Published: April 27, 2019, 4:25 PM ISTlast_img read more

Taimur Ali Khans Aura is Like No One Else He is a

first_imgJust like his parents, Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor, two-and-a-half year old Taimur Ali Khan is quite often the center of tabloid news. His candid behaviour and appearances in public has turned out to be quite the attraction and spectacle for the paparazzi. Even Bollywood celebrities have been vocal about the popularity of the adorable child on social media. “In our country, at the moment, even Taimur Ali Khan is more famous than actors,” Varun Dhawan was quoted by zeenews.india.com. Read: #DhoniKeepTheGlove: Riteish Deshmukh and Rahul Dev Tweet in Support of Mahendra Singh DhoniThe latest Bactor to admit Taimur’s stardom is Bharat actor Sunil Grover who revealed that he considers Taimur a born star. He added that the kind of personality and charm Taimur wields, no one among the stars have it, as per him.He said (via Pinkvilla.com), “Taimur is a star, a born star, superstar. The kind of aura he has is I think nobody else has.”Taimur is currently in pleasant climates of Tuscany, Italy for an exotic and fun family vacation with Saif and Kareena. Pics from their getaway are going viral on social media.Read: Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor are On Exotic Vacation with Taimur, See PicsOn the movies front, Kareena’s schedule is packed with three films, including Good News, Angrezi Medium and Takht. While Saif is currently gearing up for the release of Sacred Games 2. He will also feature in Laal Kaptaan, in which he plays a Naga Sadhu.Sunil, on the other hand, can be seen opposite Salman Khan in Bharat, which released on June 5. The film has opened massive and has collected 73.30 cr in two days. Read: Salman Khan’s Bharat Set to Enter Rs 100 Crore Club, Earns Rs 73.30 Crore in 2 DaysFollow @News18Movies for more bharatbharat 2019bharat advance bookingbharat box office collection First Published: June 7, 2019, 2:12 PM ISTlast_img read more