The province of Nova Scotia has released its first budget forecast update for 2006-07, showing a slightly higher surplus overall and minor changes in revenue and spending forecasts. Nova Scotia’s surplus is forecast to increase by $1.5 million to $75 million, up from the $73.5 million in the July 4, budget. The budget includes a $57.4 million legislated surplus to be allocated to the debt. The province is now forecasting total revenues for 2006-07 of $6.58 billion, along with net income from government business enterprises of $336.6 million. Total expenses are forecast to be $6.89 billion. “We are pleased to see a small increase in the surplus, which contributes to our success in meeting our debt management targets,” said Finance Minister Michael Baker. “Our 2006-07 budget is unfolding as expected, and the changes to date are very small.” Changes since budget include improvements in debt servicing costs and reduced costs in other areas. These are offset by lower tobacco revenues and a small increase in spending on highways. Debt servicing costs are forecast to drop by $9.5 million from budget, while total revenues are projected to decrease $8.4 million and net program expenses will go up by $1.4 million. Nova Scotia has been recognized by major bond rating agencies for its ongoing improvement in financial management. Two bond rating agencies upgraded the province’s credit rating this summer. The province continues to anticipate a 2.5 per cent growth in real gross domestic product in 2006, consistent with the budget forecast. Nova Scotia is required by law to issue its first budget forecast update each year by the end of September. A copy of the forecast update is on the website at www.gov.ns.ca/finance .
Cape Bretoners will get some help eating better through new provincial funding for two projects that increase access to local, healthy food. New Dawn Meals on Wheels received $11,727 from the Chronic Disease Innovation Fund for its Cape Breton Community Food Hive Project. The Pan-Cape Breton Food Hub Co-op will receive $9,454 for its Farm Fresh Food 4 Fall program. “A healthy diet, combined with physical activity, can help reduce the risk of chronic disease,” said Sydney-Whitney Pier MLA Derek Mombourquette, on behalf of Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “These programs will help Cape Bretoners improve their health.” The Chronic Disease Innovation Fund supports projects that can help improve the health of Nova Scotians living with a chronic disease or who are at risk of developing one. “It’s important that we increase access to healthy eating information for the people who need it most,” said Claire Turpin of New Dawn Meals on Wheels. “This grant will help lay the foundation for more programs that encourage a balanced lifestyle.” The Pan-Cape Breton Food Hub has partnered with the Glace Bay Food Bank, Community Cares Youth Outreach and the Ecology Action Centre for its Farm Fresh Food 4 Fall program. “There is a lot of great work happening across our region to support healthy eating and physical activity and we’re thrilled to be a part of that,” said Alicia Lake, co-ordinator, Pan-Cape Breton Food Hub. “This funding will allow us to provide low-income families with fresh, healthy food at a very low cost each week this fall and offer workshops to increase their food skills.” The Chronic Disease Innovation Fund will invest about $300,000 in 18 projects across the province. Community groups, in partnership with community health boards, applied for funding for projects that will help people stop smoking, reduce alcohol consumption, get active, and eat better. “Many people in Cape Breton want to lead healthier lives, but are unsure of how to do so. With the assistance of these grants, they’ll have the resources and support they need to create and ensure a healthier, vibrant future for their communities,” said Aron Ashton, strategic partnership engagement consultant, Nova Scotia Health Authority.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The man accused of murdering a Blueberry River First Nations woman nearly four years ago is expected to enter a plea at an arraignment hearing in Fort St. John today.Wokeley, who is also a member of the Blueberry First Nation, is facing additional charges of arson and indecency to human remains in connection with the death of Pamela Napoleon in 2014. Napoleon’s body was discovered inside a burned-down cabin near Buick on August 4th of that year, nearly a month after she was last seen with Wokeley on July 8th.The judge set a date for the arraignment in late February, nearly four months after Wokeley was arrested. The trial was delayed four times due to insufficient disclosure by police of their case against Wokeley to his lawyer, Georges Rivard. At the arraignment, Wokeley is expected to enter a plea for the three charges he faces. The arraignment is taking place at the Fort St. John Law Courts on Wednesday afternoon at 2:00.
EDMONTON — Aurora Cannabis Inc. is planning to spin off its Australis Capital subsidiary as a separate entity that would focus primarily on investing in the U.S. cannabis and real estate sectors.The spin-off will be achieved by distributing shares and warrants of the new company — to be listed on the Canadian Security Exchange.“The fragmented U.S. cannabis market has many innovative and successful operators that struggle to access growth capital,” said Aurora CEO Terry Booth in a statement. “This creates exciting and attractively priced opportunities for the well-connected and knowledgeable team at Australis to capitalize on… While regulatory requirements vary greatly from state to state, Australis are well prepared to navigate this landscape.”Recreational and medicinal pot is legal in several U.S. states but remains an illegal Schedule 1 drug under federal law, resulting in a hazy legal environment that has complicated things for Canadian companies looking to expand their footprint south of the border.Last fall, Canada’s biggest exchange operator TMX Group said that federal law takes precedence over state laws, and Canadian marijuana companies with exposure to the U.S. market could face delisting. Prior to this clarification, many pot companies had largely focused on markets outside of the U.S. or listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange, which is less risk-averse.Since then, some Canadian pot companies have shifted to exchanges other than the Toronto Stock Exchange or reduced their U.S. exposure.Licensed producer Aphria Inc. had aggressively pursued a U.S. expansion strategy, but earlier this year it was looking to reduce its direct investments in the U.S. The Leamington, Ont.-based company’s recent moves include a deal announced in February to sell part of its stake in U.S.-focused marijuana company Liberty Health Sciences, which is listed on the CSE.Meanwhile, in January, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama-era memo that suggested that the federal government would not intervene in states where marijuana is legal, though U.S. President Donald Trump later gave Colorado senator assurances that the recission would not impact its legal pot industry. Still, other American politicians are warming up to cannabis, with New York governor Andrew Cuomo creating a task force to consider whether or not to propose legalizing marijuana for recreational use.Australis is applying to list its shares and warrants on the CSE, Aurora said Wednesday.“Recent changes in U.S. federal positioning with respect to cannabis have positively impacted the perception of risk to invest in U.S. cannabis assets,” the Edmonton-based company said in a statement. “This has further incentivized capital market participants to seek opportunities to fund U.S. based operations.”Aurora shareholders who reside in Canada will receive the shares at no cost to them while non-resident shareholders of Aurora will receive cash, net of withholding taxes, instead of equity in Australis.Australis intends to issue 75 million shares at 20 cents each through a private placement for gross proceeds of $15 million.Australis also receives $500,000 from Aurora, as advance payment for warrants to buy Australis stock for up to 10 years.
Addressing a two-day meeting organized by the “Middle Powers Initiative,” Jayantha Dhanapala, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament, called for action to implement 13 practical steps toward global nuclear disarmament agreed at the 2000 Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). He warned that the effort would not be easy “since there is a risk — if not a likelihood — that some countries may attempt to exploit ambiguities in the drafting of these steps to escape accountability.”Mr. Dhanapala called for realistic expectations in the face of the challenge. “The way to a world free of nuclear weapons will more likely resemble a winding, unpaved road than a super-highway,” he said, adding that if the gap between words and deeds persists, it might be useful to pursue the Secretary-General’s proposal for a major international conference to eliminate nuclear dangers.Concerning the specific challenges ahead, he cited the “rather bleak” prospects for the entry-into-force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). Despite the impressive fact that 160 States have signed the Treaty and 76 have ratified it, only 31 of the 44 States which are specifically required to ratify the Treaty have done so at present. He expressed particular concern that the Treaty continued to face serious obstacles to ratification by the United States — “the country that worked hard and long to conclude such a treaty.”The Chairman of the Middle Powers Initiative, Douglas Roche of Canada, has described it as a campaign “to urge the leaders of several key middle-power States to press the nuclear weapon States to negotiate the elimination of nuclear weapons.”In a related development, the Disarmament Commission on Friday wrapped up its annual session by adopting, among other documents, a report on ways and means to achieve nuclear disarmament. According to the Commission Chairperson Diane Quarless of Jamaica, the document provides a good synthesis of the many facets of the issue.
The NBA Finals kick off Thursday night when the Toronto Raptors host the Golden State Warriors in Game 1. Golden State is dealing with several key injuries, and in the video above, FiveThirtyEight breaks down why the Raptors should try to strike early, before the Warriors can field their full team.
Grenelle de l’environnement : un premier bilan plus que mitigéFrance – Trois ans après le Grenelle de l’environnement, les conclusions du premier bilan sont très variables en fonction des rédacteurs. Un comité d’experts se montre très enthousiaste alors que le Réseau Action Climat (RAC) se veut beaucoup moins positif.Un comité d’experts a remis au ministre de l’Environnement Jean-Louis Borloo un rapport selon lequel les trois quarts des dispositions prises lors du Grenelle de l’environnement (en octobre 2007) sont réalisées ou en cours de réalisation.De son côté, le Réseau Action Climat qui représente en France les ONG qui se sentent concernées par le changement climatique, est beaucoup moins optimiste. A la lecture de ce rapport, le président de Greenpeace France, Pascal Husting, déplore “une logique comptable mais pas qualitative”. Selon lui, “la véritable question, on ne se la pose pas : est-ce que ces mesures-là vont vraiment permettre de préserver le climat et la biodiversité ?” Exemples significatifs de la double interprétation possible du rapport avec les secteurs du bâtiment, des transports et des énergies renouvelables.Le bâtimentLe comité d’évaluation retient que “dans le résidentiel privé et social, 250.000 logements ont déjà été rénovés entre l’été 2009 et l’été 2010, grâce aux mesures incitatives du Grenelle” (il s’agit par exemple de l’éco-prêt à taux zéro et de l’éco-prêt logement social). Le RAC estime lui que les rénovations, souvent incomplètes, peuvent devenir contreproductives. L’absence de programme précis et le manque d’une forte mobilisation des professionnels du secteur posent problème.Les transportsÀ lire aussiAlligator, réchauffement climatique et Voyager 2, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 9 octobreLe comité d’experts note la réduction des émissions de CO2 des véhicules neufs (de 149 à 130 grammes de CO2/km). Le RAC note de son côté que les efforts promis n’ont pas été réellement consentis, citant le report de la taxe kilomètre à 2011 (dans le meilleur des cas) et l’absence d’une taxe sur le kérosène pour compenser l’impact du transport aérien. Le comité rapporte que plus de 800 km de lignes à grande vitesse sur les 2.000 programmées d’ici 2020 sont déjà en cours de réalisation, quant le RAC dénonce lui la relance d’un développement de plus de 1.000 km de routes. Le RAC précise également que le vélo, utilisé à plus de 10% en Allemagne et en Europe du Nord, est utilisé par à peine 3% des Français. Les énergies renouvelablesD’après le rapport du comité d’experts, le secteur des énergies renouvelables a connu un développement considérable (+600% entre 2007 et 2009 pour l’énergie solaire et +91% pour l’éolien). Le Réseau Action Climat pointe surtout les dispositions du Grenelle 2, qui compliquent les normes d’implantation d’éoliennes, ce qui risque de ralentir grandement le développement de ce type d’énergie. Pourtant, la France souhaite porter la part des énergies renouvelables à 23% d’ici 2020.Parmi les autres mesures prises au Grenelle en 2007, rappelons également l’incitation à la réduction et au tri des déchets ménagers, la mise en place du bonus-malus automobile, le doublement des tramways et des lignes de TGV, le moratoire sur les OGM, la mise aux normes de 146 stations d’épuration et la mise en place d’aires marines protégées.Le 3 novembre 2010 à 16:05 • Emmanuel Perrin
The American Soybean Association (ASA) today reflected on its many years of farm and trade policy work, and its long history of building export markets, as largely responsible for the record level of U.S. soybean exports reported yesterday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). In its year end report, USDA/FAS announced soybean exports exceeding 30.449 million metric tons (MMT), equivalent to 1.118 billion bushels, for Marketing Year (MY) 2007/08, which ended August 31, 2008.China was again the largest buyer of U.S. soybeans at 490.6 mil. bu. The European Union-27 was second with 143.1 mil bu.; Mexico was third with 131.3 mil. bu.; and Japan was fourth with 99.5 mil. bu. Collectively, these four buyers represented 77 percent of total U.S. soybean exports during MY 2007/08.As the policy advocate for U.S. soybean producers, the ASA advanced soybean production and exports through market driven Farm Bill legislation, trade agreements that brought down trade barriers, and new biotech soybean seed introductions that did not disrupt soybean exports.”ASA’s work on farm policy in the 1990, 1995, and subsequent Farm Bills provided U.S. soybean producers with the planting flexibility that allowed soybean production to expand in response to market signals,” said ASA President John Hoffman, a soybean producer from Waterloo, Iowa. “U.S. soybean planted acres have expanded by almost 30 percent in the past 18 years, from 58 million acres in 1990 to nearly 75 million acres this year, while U.S. soybean exports more than doubled from 557 million bushels in 1990 to this year’s all-time record 1.118 billion bushels.”China, the largest importer of U.S. soybeans, purchased 17 percent more U.S. soybeans this year compared to last year. China’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) was essential to improved market access for U.S. soybeans.”ASA’s work with U.S. trade negotiators on China’s accession to the WTO prevented China from imposing a quota and higher tariffs on soybean imports,” Hoffman said. “Today, China’s soybean imports are more than 10 times greater than the quota that ASA and U.S. negotiators blocked. Further, ASA opened its China office more than 20 years ago to provide technical services to China’s poultry and livestock producers, and to promote U.S. soybean and soy product exports.”ASA’s work with seed companies and foreign regulators to ensure that new biotech soybean varieties were brought onto the market without disrupting export markets was a major contributing factor behind this year’s record exports.”The EU was our second largest customer for U.S. soybeans this year,” Hoffman said. “The EU purchased eight percent more U.S. soybeans this year compared to last year. ASA’s biotechnology education and outreach programs, and its work with biotech companies to obtain international clearances in major export markets before new biotech soybean varieties are launched, have been critical to the continued success of U.S. soybean and soy product exports in Europe and other major soy markets worldwide.”ASA’s work with U.S. trade representatives are also responsible for passage of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) that have allowed U.S. soybean exports to expand through greater market access. For instance, ASA championed passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which has enhanced U.S. soy exports to Canada and Mexico.”Under NAFTA, U.S. soybean exports to Mexico have doubled,” Hoffman said. “ASA’s work brought down tariffs on U.S. soybeans and soy products, which paved the way for Mexico to become the third largest buyer of U.S. soybeans, and the second largest buyer of U.S. soybean meal. Under NAFTA, Canada has become the largest buyer of U.S. soybean meal.”ASA was also heavily involved in Senate passage of an historic trade agreement between the United States, the Dominican Republic, and the Central American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Commonly referred to as CAFTA-DR, the deal is benefiting U.S. agriculture in general and soybean producers in particular. Economists estimate the deal will boost U.S. agricultural exports by $1.5 billion when fully implemented.ASA established its first overseas marketing office in Japan in 1956, and since that time, Japan has been a consistent and valued buyer of U.S. commodity soybeans and soybean products, and accounts for a major segment of U.S. production of high-value Identity Preserved (IP) food grade soybeans.”With cooperator support from USDA, the ASA set out to establish a presence in Japan and organize a coalition of Japanese business interests with which ASA could partner,” Hoffman said. “More than 5.8 billion bushels (158 MMT) of U.S. soybeans have been exported to Japan during the past 52 years.”Over the last 17 years, global demand for soybeans has grown 2 times faster than demand for corn, 6 times faster than demand for rice, and 8 times faster than wheat demand. The reason? Rising incomes worldwide have increased demand for meat, milk and eggs, which in turn have increased the need for soybeans to supply the protein required in livestock feed rations.”Worldwide demand for food, feed and fuel is supporting higher prices paid to U.S. farmers for their soybeans,” Hoffman said. “According to today’s WASDE report, the average farm price for soybeans this year is around $10.15 per bushel, up from $6.43 last year. Although much of this increase is offset by higher input costs paid by farmers for fuel and fertilizer, I am very optimistic about the future of U.S. soybean production and I believe ASA is well-positioned to meet the challenges ahead.”
OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — The search continues Monday for a Portland woman missing in Mount Hood National Forest.The Clackamas County sheriff’s office dispatch says crews are going out again to look.The 47-year-old woman, Lidiya Dmitriyevna Russu, was reported missing Friday, and her car was found Saturday off a Forest Service road near High Rocks lookout.Her family tells KTVZ she was not prepared to stay in the forest.
Several Flipkart employees to turn dollar millionaires post the Walmart acquisition [Representational Image]ReutersFlipkart’s two main arms have reported mounting losses even as their combined revenues have gone up by 39 per cent for the financial year 2017-18.According to the regulatory filings with the ministry of corporate affairs (MCA), Flipkart Internet, which manages the e-commerce platform, and Flipkart India, the wholesale unit, have registered a whopping 71% surge in combined losses for the fiscal year 2018 at Rs 3,222 crore, as against Rs 1,883 crore during the previous financial year. However, the revenues from these two entities also went up by 38.6% at Rs 24,717 crore from Rs 17,822 crore in FY17.Additionally, Flipkart Internet, which earns commissions from the marketplace, registered a dip in losses for FY18 as its losses tanked 30% at Rs.1,100 crore, its revenues also increased 35% to the levels of last fiscal year and stood at Rs 3,000 crore.Steadily, Flipkart has managed to increase its revenues however its losses have surged over the years. The trading unit Flipkart India witnessed a 40% upturn in revenues at Rs 21,600 crore but saw its losses jumped eightfold at Rs 2,000 crore.The Economic Times reported that the company had cut down on its losses by 55% in FY17 as compared to FY16. Flipkart India filing said that “The increase in the net loss is due to employee benefit expenses, finance cost, purchase of traded goods and other miscellaneous expenses.”It is to be noted that Flipkart Internet and Flipkart India accounts for 80-90% of the turnover for Flipkart’s Singapore parent unit over the last three financial years. Similarly, Flipkart Singapore has also registered revenues and losses for payments business PhonePe, fashion portal Myntra and logistics unit Ekart.In the last one year, Flipkart has been upping the ante against its rival Amazon where it has invested heavily in expanding its supply chain and payments business and the latest trend shows the same. In the financial year 2016, the company had faced a huge cash crunch which helped Amazon to make inroads in the Indian e-commerce market.
Here’s a sentence I assumed I’d never hear, “Through the power of second life, students can virtually experience the civil rights movement.” It’s from a new video by communication students at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Just in time for Martin Luther King Day, a group of kids have launched Civil Rights Movement Comes of Age in Second Life.”The kids learned game development in order to create Second Life simulation of some of the Civil Right Movement’s most pivotal events, including 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, the 1963 March on Washington, and the 1964 Mississippi Freedom School Movement.Introductory video after the jump.
Hold on to your Eggos! Your exclusive first look at #StrangerThings season 2 is officially here: https://t.co/VX7a2uOwtP pic.twitter.com/stAY6xGzuC— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) February 8, 2017From previous casting news, we also know that Paul Reiser will also be joining the cast as Dr. Owens, a high-ranking member of the aforementioned shady organization. Also coming to Hawkins are siblings Max and Billy, who interact with the core group of preteens.Duffer said that while Max (played by Sadie Sink) will become a love interest for Lucas and Dustin, Billy, her older brother, might be more malicious.“The evil in the real world is often as bad or worse than the supernatural evil, so we wanted to introduce a character like that,” he said.So, that’s good.The second season of Stranger Things will be hitting Netflix this Halloween. Few things are kept as secret as what’s going to happen in season two of Stranger Things.Entertainment Weekly’s new cover story is on Stranger Things, and while even the publication is strapped for details, we’ve learned a few things about the upcoming season, the Upside-Down, and what’s in store emotionally for some of the characters.One of the biggest cliffhangers from the first season was the fate of Will Byers who returned from the Upside-Down, but not unscathed. In one of the season’s final scenes, we see him coughing up some kind of slug and getting seemingly transported back into the alternate dimension. According to co-creator Matt Duffer, however, what he sees may not be entirely there.“He seems to be seeing images from the Upside Down—the question is whether they’re real or not,” says co-creator Matt Duffer. “So it seems like he’s having some sort of post-traumatic stress disorder.”Another loose thread from the first season involves Sheriff Jim Hopper, who was led into a car belonging to the shady Department of Energy agency that was responsible for Eleven and the portal leading to the Upside-Down. Additionally, Hopper is seen going to an isolated spot in the woods and dropping some Eggos in a box. Was it for Eleven, or did it serve another purpose?Back in Hawkins, he’s taken on a new authority role, especially to those who were involved with the events of Will Byers’ disappearance.“It kind of falls on Hopper to be the voice of authority to say, ‘This did happen, and this didn’t happen,’” actor David Harbour, who plays Hopper, said. “He’s struggling with the compromise that takes him to, having to lie and cover things up.”In the meantime, a lot of characters are trying to get back to normal. Joyce is dating again (Bob, played by Sean Astin), and siblings Nancy and Mike are attempting to deal with the “deaths” of their friends Barb and Eleven.Dustin, played by Gaten Matarazzo, added some levity to the interview, saying that his character will get to bond with a new kind of pet in the upcoming season. Obviously, it’s not something a child should be taking care of.“It’s a little creature I get to bond with,” Matarazzo said. “It’s obviously not from this planet or this dimension.”Otherwise, details are scarce. A teaser that dropped during the Super Bowl highlighted some things we expected, like the return of Eleven, and more from the Upside-Down. This included an amazing shot of some giant creature in a red sky.Entertainment Weekly’s cover, which depicts the five kids at the heart of the story, also shows how they’ve aged in the past year. Granted, most of them look the same, but Millie Bobby Brown is sporting some serious curls that I can’t get enough of. Nike x ‘Stranger Things’ Is Back With an Upside Down-Inspire…Hopper’s ‘Stranger Things’ Cabin Is Now an Escape Room Stay on target
Filestack has come up with Filestack Workflows, a machine learning powered solution to help businesses detect, analyze, moderate and curate content in scalable and automated ways. Filestack and Workflows have traditionally been providing tools for companies to handle content as it is uploaded. Their tools checked for NSFW content, cropped photos, performed copyright detection on Word Docs, etc. However, handling content at scale using tools they’ve built in-house was proving to be difficult. They relied heavily on developers to implement the code or set up a chain of events. This brought them to develop a new interface that allows businesses to upload, moderate, transform and understand content at scale, freeing them to innovate more and manage less. The Filestack Workflows platform is built on a logic-driven intelligence functionality which uses machine learning to provide quick analysis of images and return actionable insights. This includes object recognition and detection, explicit content detection, optical character recognition, and copyright detection. Filestack Workflows provide flexibility for integration either from Filestack’s own API or from a simple user Interface. Workflows also have several new features that extend far beyond simple image transformation: Optical Character Recognition (OCR) allows users to abstract text from any given image. Images of everything from tax documents to street signs can be uploaded through their system, returning a raw text format of all characters in that image. Not Safe for Work (NSFW) Detection for filtering out content that is not appropriate for the workplace. Their image tagging feature can automate content moderations by implementing “safe for work” and a “not safe for work” score. Copyright Detection to determine if a file is an original work. A single API call will display the copyright status of single or multiple images. They have also released a quick demo to highlight the features of Filestack Workflows. This demo creates a Workflow that takes uploaded content (images or documents) and determines a filetype and then curates ‘safe for work’ images. It determines the Filetype using the following logic: If it is an ‘Image’ then: Determine if the image is ‘Safe for Work’ If it is ‘Safe’, then store to a specific storage source. If it is ‘Not Safe’ then, pixelate the image, and then store to a specific storage source for modified images. If it is a ‘Document’, then store to a specific storage source for documents. Read more about the news on Filestack’s blog. Read Next Facebook introduces Rosetta, a scalable OCR system that understands text on images using Faster-RCNN and CNN How Netflix uses AVA, an Image Discovery tool to find the perfect title image for each of its shows Datasets and deep learning methodologies to extend image-based applications to videos
Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, February 27, 2017 Share Posted by Munich-Berlin by train in 4 hours, and Paris-Bordeaux in 2: Europe upgrades its rail lines WHITE PLAINS, NY — Multiple new high-speed rail projects under construction in Europe this year are making for faster and more convenient connections for Europe-bound clients.Rail Europe, the largest distributor of European rail products worldwide, offers a number of high-speed rail tickets and passes along with a dedicated agent website where agents can review product details, and participate in pre-recorded and bi-weekly live training courses, ‘Europe on TRAC’. Agents can become certified as a Europe Rail Expert, a France Rail Expert or a Swiss Rail Expert with Rail Europe’s exclusive online training courses.Agents can book for their clients via the site (agent.raileurope.ca), or connect with Rail Europe via its customer care centre by phone, or live chat on the website.Among Europe’s new rail lines, with many already operational or scheduled to begin operation in the next 12 months, are:SWITZERLANDSt. Gotthard Base TunnelRegular service of trains began in the new St. Gotthard Base Tunnel, the largest and deepest tunnel in the world, in December 2016. This engineering feat took 17 years to complete, tunnelling under the Alps to connect the north and south of Europe. Swiss Federal Railways travels beneath the mountains in just 20 minutes, connecting Zurich and Milan in three hours and 30 minutes.More news: Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesFRANCEParis – RennesIn spring 2017 a new train route in northwest Brittany will begin operation, reducing travel time between Paris and Rennes to one hour and 25 minutes – up to 30 minutes faster than the current train trip between the cities.Paris – BordeauxThe trip to the southwest of France will also be more swift and smooth. The Tours-Bordeaux route is currently under construction and scheduled for completion in mid-2017. Once complete, the trip between Paris and Bordeaux will be reduced from three to two hours. La Cité du Vin, Bordeaux’s museum celebrating wine from around the world, opened in 2016, offering a new look at the gastronomy of France.GERMANYBerlin – MunichA new route is underway to connect two of Germany’s “magical cities,” Berlin and Munich. Set to be completed in December 2017, trains will travel along the route at 300 km per hour, shortening the journey to just under four hours. Previously the trip between the two cities took more than six.More news: Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesSPAINMadrid – AsturiasWith a new northern Spain high-speed rail line opening soon, it will be possible to travel directly from Madrid to Asturias, where clients can explore the cities of Oviedo, Gijón and their surroundings.The train currently reaches the city of León, but to extend the line to the northern region of Asturias, Spain must complete construction of the complex ‘Variante de Pajares’ tunnels. The Pajares tunnels will be the fifth largest of the world, the third deepest and the second most complex after the Gothard Tunnel.The Madrid-Oviedo route currently takes five hours in by train, but once the high-speed route begins operation, the journey will only last three hours and 15 minutes, while the Madrid-Gijón route will only take three hours and 30 minutes. Tags: Rail Europe
Douglas Coupland novel ‘The Gum Thief’ being adapted for a feature film by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 1, 2018 9:01 am PDT Last Updated Feb 1, 2018 at 9:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Douglas Coupland’s 2007 novel “The Gum Thief” is bound for the big screen.Canadian production company No Equal Entertainment says it has secured the rights to the novel for a feature-film adaptation also penned by the Vancouver-based author/artist.J.B. Sugar will direct the story, about a depressed 40-year-old aspiring novelist named Roger and a 20-something woman named Bethany, who work in a North Vancouver office supply superstore.Roger ends up basing a character in his book on Bethany, leading to a story within the story.This is the second collaboration between No Equal, Sugar and Coupland, after they worked together on a TV adaptation of the author’s novel “JPod” for the CBC.No Equal and Sugar have previously adapted John Knowles’s “A Separate Peace,” for which Sugar was nominated for an Emmy Award, and the Space and Syfy TV series “Bitten,” based on the “Women of the Otherworld” novels by Kelley Armstrong.Coupland has written 13 novels and is also a performer, columnist and visual artist.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Mar 20, 2019 6:05 am PDT LOS ANGELES — “The Young and the Restless” star Kristoff St. John died of heart disease, with excessive drinking at the time of his death a contributing factor, according to a coroner’s report released Tuesday.Investigators listed “hypertrophic heart disease” as the cause of the 52-year-old’s death on Feb. 4 at his home in Los Angeles. “Hypertrophic” means the heart muscle has become abnormally thick, making blood-pumping difficult.Heavy alcohol use along with a congenital artery problem contributed to St. John’s death, the report said.Three days earlier, St. John had been released from a mental health hospital where he had been admitted for alcohol abuse and threatening self-harm, according to the report. It also listed a history of mental-health and alcohol problems.He last spoke to someone about 24 hours before paramedics declared him dead in his apartment on a Sunday morning, the report states.For 27 years, St. John played struggling alcoholic and ladies’ man Neil Winters on the CBS soap opera, “The Young and the Restless.”He was nominated for 11 daytime Emmys, winning twice, for outstanding younger actor in a drama series, in 1992 and supporting actor in 2008.He died four years after the death of his 24-year-old son, and St. John had spoken on social media about his struggles with grief.He had become engaged to model Kseniya Mikhaleva in September.St. John’s last episode of “The Young and the Restless” aired in the week following his death. A story line that pays tribute to both Kristoff and his character is set to start in late April.The Associated Press FILE – In this June 20, 2008, file photo Kristoff St. John accepts the award for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series for his work on “The Young and the Restless” at the 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Officials say St. John died of heart disease, with heavy drinking at the time of his death as a contributing factor. A coroner’s report released Tuesday lists “hypertrophic heart disease” as the cause of the 52-year-old’s death on Feb. 4 at his home in Los Angeles. “Hypertrophic” means the heart muscle has become abnormally thick. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File) Coroner says ‘Young and Restless’ star died of heart disease
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Bhat:I am not too much into the politics of governance nor am I mentoring any BJP politicians However I have some interest in the protection of Hindus which might have prompted Yeddyurappa to say that Why are you so influential Bhat:Who said I am influential I have grown organically into the socio-political milieu of the region which incidentally is brave enough to protect the interests of Hindus Pratap Simha and Ananth Kumar Hegde have been called Karnataka’s Modis maybe because of their polarising speeches Among the two whom do you endorse as a leader Bhat:I know them from a distance I would not attribute polarising speeches to them without first-hand experience Many Dalit leaders have cautioned people against voting for BJP They fear that attacks on minorities would increase like in Uttar Pradesh if the party is voted back to power. Bhat:I would not want to comment on that It’s is a hypothetical question How long do you think it will take India to put national interest above religious interests Will it ever happen particularly in the present day political scenario Bhat: Not in our lifetime Until such time when the fruits of reservation reach the right people until such time when economic backwardness becomes one of the main criterion for reservation until such time parties stop pitting communities against each other to reach their political goals But in RSS we have launched an arm called Rashtriya Muslim Manch which is doing a commendable job in spreading the need for uniting Muslims and Hindus in a nationalistic bond Things are already working and many scholars writers and intellectuals from the Muslim fraternity have already started work to this end You will see in the near future a glimmer of hope for a great unification process What are the most important things you’d like to see happen in binding all religions together Bhat: Protection of women mutual respect to the right practice of religion stop conversion love jihad and cow theft No religious texts have said anywhere to disparage other religions societies and communities Wrong teaching of religion leads to all these evils There are at least two swamijis of the Brahmin community who want to contest in elections Does your organisation approve Bhat:No I do not think RSS or even BJP for that matter approves of swamis or heads of religious institutions contesting elections Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is not a swami he belongs to Pantha — Natha Pantha — which is much above and older than the religion as we know in modern times So swamis who have political ambitions in Karnataka should not cite his example If BJP comes to power in Karnataka what will be your demands Bhat:Be fair to all Do not discriminate between minority and majority or this religion and that religion this community and that community Try to integrate all of them 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