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National Energy Board to hold hearings on detailed Trans Mountain pipeline route

first_imgVANCOUVER – The National Energy Board will hold hearings in British Columbia and Alberta to review proposals by Trans Mountain for its detailed pipeline corridor through the two provinces.The board will also hold a hearing early next year in Chilliwack, B.C., to review a proposal by Trans Mountain to relocate nearly two kilometres of its pipeline corridor through the city.Meanwhile, hearings will be held in Spruce Grove, Edson and Hinton in November and December on the first two segments of the pipeline through Alberta.More hearings are also planned in both provinces in 2018.The federal government’s approval of the expansion project included a general pipeline corridor from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C.The board says the company, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Canada, has asked for seven variances that affect about four kilometres of the 1,147-kilometre corridor.The federal regulator says from April to July, it received 452 statements opposing the detailed route that Trans Mountain is proposing.On Thursday, the energy board said the project has met conditions required for the expansion of its Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby.Trans Mountain has plans to expand the terminal’s dock to load three tankers, up from one, and increase the number of delivery lines connected to its other Burnaby terminal.The expanded terminal is part of a $7.4-billion project that would triple the capacity of the pipeline and increase tanker traffic in the Vancouver area.Peter Watson, chairman and CEO of the National Energy Board, said the route hearings will focus on concerns from landowners and those affected by the pipeline.“By listening to their concerns, the NEB can ensure that the pipeline is placed in the best possible location,” he said in a statement.last_img read more

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How various Ontarians are faring in the provinces housing market

first_imgHousing affordability is a major issue for many Ontarians getting set to cast their ballots in the provincial election.The governing Liberals brought in measures last year that, along with higher interest rates and tighter mortgage lending regulations, led to a modest cooling in home pricing and activity after the market reached dizzying heights. But average home prices and rents in Ontario are still above national averages, and costs in Toronto remain high. The Canadian Press looked at how some Ontarians have fared.____Name: Trudi Johnston, Dennis JohnstonAge: 62, 68Location: Wasaga Beach, Ont.Profession: Realtor, retired construction industry workerHometown: TorontoStatus: Recently downsized from their Toronto house to a Wasaga Beach homeThe Johnstons were living comfortably in their three-bedroom townhouse in Toronto, but the lifestyle in the city was expensive. Although the home they owned had appreciated significantly over the years, that was money on paper, not in their pockets.“We couldn’t retire there. All the money was tied up in our house,” said Trudi Johnston.The pair sold their home for roughly $900,000 and moved to a slightly larger home in the resort town of Wasaga Beach that cost roughly $400,000.They couldn’t have timed it better — they sold their home in early April 2017, just before the Ontario government handed down measures to cool down the market. Dennis Johnston retired last May from the construction industry, while his wife continues to work as a Toronto realtor, driving back into the core when necessary.The Johnstons are among the many older couples moving out of the big cities in search of more budget-friendly options upon retirement age. Rental rates for senior housing in Ontario are the highest in the country at $3,526 month, according to a May report on the Canadian senior housing dilemma by ratings agency DBRS. “National average rent rates could reach just over $4,000 a month by 2025. Keeping up with this rate will become increasingly difficult, especially for those on a fixed income.”____Name: Luke GenikAge: 32Location: TorontoProfession: Production co-ordinator in the film industryHometown: TorontoStatus: Bought a semi-detached triplex in Toronto in 2016, lives in the basement while renting the other unitsGenik had been looking to buy a house in the east end of Toronto near where he grew up, but realized that even though he was lucky to have help from his parents for the down payment, it would be tough to afford ongoing housing costs as a single person.“I could be house poor, spending $2,000 on mortgage, then paying all the property tax, and garbage, and water, and electrical all by myself. It would be somewhere in the range of $3,000, on my own.”Instead, Genik bought a semi-detached triplex in August 2016, gutted and renovated it over the course of three months. Now, he rents out the top two units to help cover the mortgage costs, while living in the basement unit. It’s a creative solution to the worsening housing affordability problem in Toronto, where the cost of real estate and rental rates are among the highest in the country.“I work in an industry where we make very good money, and a lot of my peers who are of similar age older, they can’t afford to buy… or they’re buying a shoebox,” he said.A recent study by the Toronto Region Board of Trade suggested that 65 per cent of young professionals said high housing costs made it hard to pay off debt. Even as home sales slowed this year, the average price of a house in Toronto in April was $804,584, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association.____Name: Jaclyn Desforges, Dan Iwasa-MadgeAge: 29, 32Location: HamiltonProfession: Master’s student, startup ownerHometown: Milton, Ont.Status: Moved from Toronto to Hamilton in April seeking more a affordable rentalDesforges and Iwasa-Madge’s one bedroom apartment in Toronto’s Greektown no longer provided enough space after their daughter was born three years ago. The trio then rented a three-bedroom townhome north of the downtown core for $3,000, which gave them extra space and a backyard. But the location left them feeling isolated.“We sort of had to live in the middle of nowhere in order to continue living in Toronto,” Desforges said.In April, they chose to move to Hamilton, where they could get more bang for their rental buck. They now live in a two-bedroom apartment in an old Victorian home for $1,800 a month.A move out of the big city is an increasingly attractive option for Ontario renters, as costs continue to rise and vacancy rates drop.In the fall of 2017, Ontario rental vacancy rates slipped to 1.6 per cent — the lowest level since 2000 — from 2.1 per cent a year earlier, according to the Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation. In turn, the average rental rate for a two-bedroom unit in Ontario rose to $1,208, up from $1,154 the previous year.A two bedroom unit in Hamilton, however, was just $1,103, compared to $1,404 in Toronto. Desforges now runs creative writing workshops in Hamilton while also staying home with their daughter. Iwasa-Madge, who co-founded the startup Brainsights, splits his weeks between working from home for a couple of days and commuting to the office on others.Not only are rental costs more reasonable in Hamilton, the option to own a home is now within reach for the family. “We never considered the possibility of being able to own a home when we were living in Toronto,” said Desforges. “Now that we’re here, we could actually buy a house in couple of years.”____Name: Sarah Fulton, Daryl ShaughnessyAge: 32, 34Location: TorontoProfession: Human resources director, visual effects artistHometown: Alliston, Ont., Bowmanville, Ont.Status: Renting, looking to buy a larger home in TorontoFulton and Shaughnessy, want to upsize from their rented one-bedroom-plus den condo in Toronto to a larger home of their own, but they have already been outbid on five different homes since October.“We’ve gone $100,000 over asking on all of our offers, and we’re still not even close,” Fulton said.The engaged couple are looking for a three-bedroom to have the option of expanding their family down the line. But because renting has become so pricey in the city, rent on a home in a neighbourhood they want to live in would cost them roughly $3,000 a month, she estimates. Monthly payments on a mortgage would be on par, she said. Having previously commuted for two years from Alliston, moving outside of the core is not an option they want to consider.The pace of housing activity has slowed down and the average selling price of a home in Toronto in April fell 12.4 per cent year-over-year to $804,584, according to CREA. But the cost is still out of reach for many.____Name: Erin Stitt, John StittAge: Early 40s, mid-40sHometown: Bolton, Ont., TorontoStatus: Recently upsized from a Toronto condo to a house in Niagara regionFor an additional $50,000 and an hour-and-a-half drive, the Stitts upgraded last fall from a one-bedroom-plus den condo in Toronto’s west end to a three-bedroom backsplit with a backyard in Niagara Falls.After their son Michael was born in 2016, the family needed more space, but buying a house nearby was too expensive an endeavour.“Homes in that area were beyond what we were going to be able to consider,” said Erin Stitt.She started researching real estate options in various areas of Ontario where they had family connections, including the Scarborough suburb of Toronto, and Kitchener-Waterloo. Niagara won out in the end because of how far their real estate dollar could stretch as well as lower daycare fees, she said.In June, they sold their condo for roughly $425,000 and bought their Niagara home for $469,000. Stitt’s husband’s job as a industrial service technician involves a lot of travel, enabling them to move outside of the Toronto area. Stitt, who had worked as a marketing manager, started looking for employment in the Niagara area and took a job in communications at the regional realtors’ association last month.Escalating real estate prices in Ontario over the years have been pushing more young families to seek housing options further afield. A recent Toronto Region Board of Trade survey of young professionals found that 42 per cent said they were likely to leave because of high housing costs.“Housing is consuming an ever-larger portion of family budgets, reducing residents ability to spend or save including for retirement,” the board said.____last_img read more

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Two years after shootings recovery continues for Quebec Citys Muslims

first_imgQUEBEC — Almost two years after being hit by seven bullets in Quebec City’s biggest mosque, Aymen Derbali says the nightmares have finally stopped.The 42-year-old was one of more than 50 people attending evening prayers when a shooter opened fire on Jan 29, 2017, killing six people and wounding several others including Derbali. He was left paralyzed from the waist down and uses a wheelchair to get around.After a long and painful recovery, Derbali said he’s now in a better place.Last summer, he was able to move out of the rehabilitation centre where he’d lived since the shooting and into a new wheelchair-accessible home that was bought for him after a fundraising campaign raised more than $400,000.While his own plans are unsure, he said he is grateful for the support he has received, and grateful he’ll be able to watch his three children grow up.“My future is for them now,” he said in a recent interview.The mosque shooting claimed the lives of six men: Mamadou Tanou Barry, 42, Abdelkrim Hassane, 41, Khaled Belkacemi, 60, Aboubaker Thabti, 44, Azzeddine Soufiane, 57, and Ibrahima Barry, 39.Alexandre Bissonnette pleaded guilty to six counts of first-degree murder and six counts of attempted murder last March.For Said Akjour, who was shot in the shoulder, recovery has been a slow process.He remembers everything: crouching in an alcove with his “brothers,” watching Derbali get shot, the bullet that pierced his own left shoulder “like an arrow,” and the fear in the eyes of the responding police officers.“There were many bullets, and time was like an eternity, even if it’s only two minutes,” he said.Akjour had to undergo a year of physiotherapy, and his arm still bothers him sometimes as he carries out physical tasks at the seniors’ care facility where he has returned to work part-time.He has also struggled with feelings of shame, helplessness and guilt.“Why didn’t I do more?” he said. “It was a feeling that was present. It was changing between gratitude at being alive, but at the same time, brothers were dead.”Akjour, 46, said his recovery was made easier by writing Arabic poetry and by the solidarity he felt from colleagues, family, and the public.He briefly considered moving to Ontario, but decided to stay, in part because he feels it’s his responsibility to talk about what happened. “In 10 years, will there be (the victims’ children) coming to ask me about how their father died?” he said. “I will be here to pass on memories.”Mohamed Yangui, a former president of the mosque, is worried about the message broader society is sending to Muslims.He feels let down by the new provincial government’s plan to ban religious face coverings for public servants in positions of authority, which he said targets Muslim women. And he is troubled by the rise of right-wing, anti-immigrant sentiment.“We haven’t yet found a way of bringing together people who have lived here 20 years with those who have lived here 50 years, or two centuries,” he said.After guiding the mosque through the tumultuous year following the shooting, he said he’s too tired and sad to go back to a place that is haunted by painful memories.Another former president of the mosque is hopeful things are slowly “returning to normal” at the Islamic Cultural Centre.The bullet holes in the wall remain, and some people are still fearful no matter how many new security measures are brought in. But Mohamed Labidi said hateful incidents directed at the mosque have declined significantly in the last year, and the community continues to receive messages of solidarity from across Canada and the world.“It’s still a trauma for the community, and there are people who have been weakened,” he said in an interview at the mosque. “But there is a big dose of resilience in our lives, in our principles. It is a fundamental part of our religion.”Labidi said the Feb. 8 sentencing of Bissonnette will be an important moment in the community’s recovery. The killer faces a potential prison term of 150 years before being eligible for parole if a judge decides the six life sentences should be served consecutively.Labidi said the community is “waiting for justice” and is “almost unanimous” in believing that a 25-year sentence would not be enough, considering six lives were taken. “Each life is important,” he said.Labidi said the mosque is slowly moving from a recovery phase towards creating a legacy for the victims. The rooms in the building are being renamed, one for each of the six men who died.And the administration has worked with the city on a new, more permanent memorial to be announced in the coming days. It has also spoken out in support of the province’s new long-gun registry and called for stronger background checks for those seeking gun permits.Some of the other victims’ loved ones have begun initiatives of their own. The Quebec Guinean Association began a fundraising campaign to dig wells in the African hometown of the two Guinean victims, Mamadou Tanou Barry and Ibrahima Barry, according to association member Souleymane Bah. So far, the $36,000 project is about half funded.And Labidi said the mosque is still committed to outreach, both hosting and attending events designed to build bridges with other communities.“Everything we do is to show that from this bad, we will germinate good,” he said, “not just for us but for all of society, for Quebec and for Canada.”Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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General Assembly postpones economic summit

26 May 2009The General Assembly has postponed until late June the high-level gathering aimed at assessing the global economic crisis and seeking solutions which take the interests of all nations into account, it was announced today. Originally scheduled to take place from 1-3 June, the United Nations Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and Its Impact on Development will be held in New York from 24-26 June instead.Delegates had voiced concern that they needed more time to negotiate the draft outcome document to be adopted at the gathering, according to a statement issued by the spokesperson for Assembly President Miguel D’Escoto, who is also the summit’s organizer.The President has appealed for negotiations on the draft outcome document to be wrapped up by 15 June, underscoring at an Assembly plenary session that the three-day meeting’s success will hinge on “the active engagement of the political leadership of the Member States at the highest possible level.”He further expressed confidence that “Member States will demonstrate the necessary political will and good faith regarding the complex negotiations” at the summit, which was called for by participants at a financing for development meeting held in Qatar in late 2008. read more

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India says ties with Lanka strong

“We are confident of our relations in our neighbourhood and it is not a cause of sleepless nights if someone wants to compete with us. We are way ahead in our relationships,” he added. “I cannot speak for the Sri Lankan government but we have many areas of cooperation with them. We are actively involved in the rehabilitation of Tamils in the country,” he said. The Indian government says its ties with Sri Lanka are strong and it has no reason to be concerned over reports that Sri Lanka is having talks with Pakistan over a nuclear pact.India External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid noted that India is actively involved in the rehabilitation of Tamils in Sri Lanka, the Press Trust of India reported. read more

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CannTrust files response to Health Canada names special committee members

Companies in this story: (TSX: TRST)The Canadian Press TORONTO — CannTrust Holdings Inc. has officially responded to Health Canada’s finding that the cannabis company ran afoul of its regulations, including unlicensed cultivation at its Ontario greenhouse.The company says that on July 17 it filed a response to the regulator’s non-compliance report, one day before the July 18 deadline, and it now awaits Health Canada’s response.CannTrust also says it has appointed U.S. sports executive Robert Marcovitch as chairman of its previously announced special committee tasked with investigating the matter.Marcovitch is a CannTrust board director and has previously served as president and chief executive of K2 sports, and chief executive of The Coleman Outdoor Company.The company says the other members of the special committee are board directors Shawna Page, Mark Dawber, and John Kaden.This comes after CannTrust on July 11 put a voluntary hold on all sale and shipment of cannabis products as a precaution after Health Canada earlier found that the company was growing pot in rooms that did not yet have government approval. read more

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Police warn about doortodoor fraudsters

Calgary Police Service is warning the public about some door-to-door salespeople who claim to be affiliated with the City of Calgary.Police are handling a number of complaints about furnace installation salespeople who are name-dropping the city in order to get into your home and negotiate contracts.Chief Licence Inspector Kent Palliser says he’s concerned the salespeople may be convincing homeowners they need to purchase furnaces, in a rent-to-own contract that could last years.“It’s a bit of a concern of citizens signing contracts that they are not aware of. So it’s best practice to always get three quotes from three different companies so you have a good idea of what exactly a furnace should cost,” Palliser told 660 NEWS.He says people should be asking a salesperson a lot of questions, and anyone who works for the city would have staff identification. People can call 311 anytime to check the licence of the business at their door. Police warn about door-to-door fraudsters AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Crystal Laderas Posted Dec 15, 2015 10:13 pm MDT read more

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Bad mood New app senses emotion and suggests food to lift spirits

first_imgThe app can detect anger, disgust, fear, surprise, sadness and joy and makes menu suggestions according to what it finds. For example, an angry face suggests that a person is stressed and so would benefit from calming foods, such as dark chocolate and nuts which contain magnesium.In contrast, people who are excited may benefit from blood sugar regulating foods such as whole grains and legumesNutritionist Ruth Tongue, said: “Not only do our moods affect the foods we choose to eat, but the foods we eat can in turn help us to feel happier, energised, relaxed, focused or fired up and ready for the day.“It’s important to recognise the relationship between the foods we eat and our moods so that we can ensure that we’re looking after not only our physical, but also our emotional wellbeing.”Graham Corfield, UK Managing Director of Just Eat added: “We know that mood plays a part in what we choose to eat, so innovations like Emotion-Analysis-Technology, while fun, also serve a real purpose.“Ultimately we want people be thinking about food and the impact it can have on their daily life.” An angry face may need magnesium Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. An angry face may need magnesium Prof Charles Spence center_img Prof Spence has worked with Heston Blumenthal and the former El Bulli chef Ferran Adrià on involving the other senses in the pursuit of taste and currently runs the University of Oxford’s Crossmodal Research Laboratory.He said that mood and emotion can affect the ‘sensory discriminatory aspects of tasting’ which is why people often stop eating following a relationship break-up or when they are grieving because food simply does not taste as good as during happier times.”This is at the very cutting edge of what technology and science can do but in the future it is likely to become much more the norm,” he added. A new app which monitors facial expressions to assess mood and then suggests the perfect food to lift or the spirits, or quell anxiety, has been developed by scientists at Oxford University.Professor Charles Spence an experimental scientist has teamed up with food delivery service ‘Just Eat’ to launch new ‘mood mapping’ technology which is being trialled for the first time this weekend ahead of a roll out later this year.The new app scans the face for signs of emotions, such as downturned lips and eyes and frown lines, and can often pick up on hidden feelings that a person may be ignoring.”Face mapping can provide a more accurate and objective assessment of a person’s mood or emotional state than they can,” said Prof Spence.“Often people are not able to say how they are feeling or just don’t feel they want to. After all, we might know that we are in a bad mood, but not know why.”There is a growing body of evidence that demonstrates that your mood has a significant impact on your taste and smell – it can deaden or liven the effect of both – a reverse of this is also believed to be true, that food can have a number of affects on your mood.” Prof Charles Spence last_img read more

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How Google Fiber will work

first_imgGoogle Fiber, the company’s long-time-coming attempt at becoming an ISP has finally been fully explained. We already knew that Google would be rolling out extremely speedy, fiber-based internet to the people of Kansas City, but little else had been confirmed. Today Google livestreamed a press conference in which all the details of Fiber were laid out. If you were excited about the project, or have been dying to see some disruption in the ISP market, then you are in for a treat.Starting offGoogle Fiber is going to kick off in Kansas City. They company has been vague about where and when it will actually start, but now we know that the city be being broken down into “fiberhoods”. Residents of each of these areas can preregister for Google Fiber, for $10, and once they hit a critical mass (about 40-80 homes) they will be approved for installation. The more people that sign up in a given area, the faster they will get their installation. And once the installation happens residents can pay for fiber internet, but government buildings, libraries, and schools will get gigabit internet for free.Google Fiber being in your fiberhood doesn’t mean you automatically get it. You’ll have to pay for a plan (more on that later) and you’ll also have to pay for a last-mile fiber installation. This will run the fiber from the street to your home and get the fiber box installed. The one-time fee for this will be $300.The devices and plansGoogle is entirely focus on Fiber being 1Gbps internet, but they will have a tiered plan system. One reason for this is because Google will also offer Fiber TV, a television service just like that offered by Verizon or any other ISP. Not everyone needs TV, so Google has a plan without it.Google announced three devices today as well, all of which will be necessary to run Google Fiber and Fiber TV in your home. They are…TV Box – A set-top box needed for each televisionStorage Box – Local storage and DVR, can record up to 8 shows at once, access as a wireless access pointNetwork Box – The modem/router with built-in firewall and WiFiGigabit internet and TV – $120/monthFor $120 a month subscribers will get Google’s premier plan. This will include the gigabit internet (up and down), 1TB of cloud storage on Google Drive, all three devices above, and a full television plan. The plan includes all major networks, hundreds of fiber (cable) channels, on-demands shows, and optional premium channels. Users will get a free Nexus 7 tablet as well!Right now Google is waiving the $300 installation fee is buyers sign a two-year agreement.Gigabit internet – $70/monthFor the very reasonable price of $70 a month Google is offering up 1Gbps internet, along with the network box and 1TB of cloud storage. Basically this is the no-TV option.The $300 installation fee will be waived with a one-year agreement.Broadband internet – Free (for up to 7 years)Not everyone can afford gigabit internet, but Google thinks everyone should have broadband. In order to get people up to speed they are offering a free 5Mbps down/1Mbps up internet for up to 7 years. Subscribers will just need to pay for installation, or $25 a month for the first year ($300).And that’s Fiber…That’s the basics of Google Fiber. It’s a hugely ambitious project, even if it is restricted to Kansas City, MO for now. Google is offering up the country’s fastest internet speeds (by a factor of 3) and doing it for cheap, while making a commitment to increasing internet speeds for everyone in the area, including government and other community services. We’ll see how it all plays out, but it’s quite exciting so far.There will be a public demonstration space for Fiber opening Saturday. Geek.com will have a full report of our visit.Google Fiber Network BoxGoogle Fiber Network BoxGoogle Fiber speedtestScreen Shot 2012-07-26 at 12.35.02 PMScreen Shot 2012-07-26 at 12.35.58 PMScreen Shot 2012-07-26 at 12.36.43 PMlast_img read more

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Google Play Store to finally offer gift cards

first_imgThe Google Play Store has been missing something since the day it was announced: you have never been able to purchase with a gift card. When it was just apps it didn’t bother me as much, but as Google’s Play Store evolved into a digital content provider of all sorts the desire grew. Finally, in the version of the Play Store being rolled out right now, you will be able to redeem and spend Play Store gift cards.It had to happen soon. After all, the framework was in place when the Nexus 7 came out — everyone who bought a Nexus 7 was give a $25 credit to spend in the Play Store. After you spent that $25 though, you needed a credit card attached to your Wallet account to get you anywhere. Fortunately that all appears to be changing.Google has yet to make any official statement and it’s not like anyone is selling Google gift cards yet, but hidden in the new version of the Play Store lies the ability to enter in gift codes to be redeemed as cash on the Play Store. Presumably Google will be making an official announcement soon with more details. Unfortunately the link there for Terms and Conditions leads to a 404 page. (The page is http://play.google.com/about/card-terms.html.)Another feature that has been slipped into the Play Store is a Wishlist. Like with any other digital retailer, you can create a wishlist of apps or content that you would like. Right now, you can tap a check box that will add the item to a wishlist that only you can access. It would make sense for Google to make this list something that you can share with your friends and family, so that they can fulfill your wishlist as you fill it out. Most likely, that functionality will be there when the Play Store website is next updated.Gift cards are a big step forward for the Google Play Store, especially with devices like the $200 Nexus 7 that could be so easily given as gifts to children. The ability to give Google gift cards to anyone will help breed the same kind of ecosystem that Apple and Amazon have enjoyed for years with their digital content. It is a great step forward for the platform and its users.RedemRedemCardsFF WishlistWishlistScreenshot_2012-08-16-03-59-19-247×440last_img read more

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Spotify sinstalle enfin sur BlackBerry

first_imgSpotify s’installe enfin sur BlackBerryAprès des mois d’attente, les utilisateurs de BlackBerry ont enfin accès à une version finale de Spotify. Ils devaient, depuis octobre dernier, se contenter d’une mouture bêta de la plateforme de streaming musical, mais disposaient heureusement d’autres applications offrant un service similaire.Livrée en version bêta dès le mois d’octobre dernier, mais incompatible avec certains terminaux, l’application Spotify pour BlackBerry est enfin disponible dans sa mouture finale. Mise en ligne sur le BlackBerry App World, elle ne demande plus qu’à être téléchargée par les possesseurs de smartphones et tablettes made in RIM.Si l’appli est gratuite, ses utilisateurs devront débourser 9,90 chaque mois pour en profiter pleinement. Rappelons qu’avec cet abonnement, la plateforme de musique en streaming permet d’écouter des millions de titres sans aucune limite, et sans aucune coupure publicitaire. Il est en outre possible de profiter de ses playlists en mode déconnecté, en les synchronisant.Mais la déception sera tout de même de mise pour certains. Car comme la version bêta, cette mouture définitive de Spotify ne fonctionne pas avec tous les BlackBerry. Seuls les modèles Bold 9780, Bold 9700, Curve 9300, Bold 9000 et Curve 8520 sont pour l’heure compatibles avec l’application déjà disponible depuis un moment sur iOS, Android, Windows Phone 7 et Palm. Le Torch 9800 est ainsi laissé pour compte… Qui plus est, l’interface du service laisse quelque peu à désirer si on la compare à celles des versions développées pour les autres systèmes d’exploitation mobile.Heureusement, il existe pour ceux qui pourraient se sentir lésés, et dans l’attente de probables mises à jour, de nombreuses autres applications de streaming musical pour les terminaux de RIM. Parmi elles, le principal rival de Spotify, Deezer, que l’on ne présente plus, mais aussi Pandora, dont le succès ne cesse de grandir depuis son lancement en 2000. Rappelons que ce lecteur radio est basé sur un système de recommandation de musique. Il sélectionne en effet des titres proches du premier choisi par l’utilisateur et constitue ainsi une playlist susceptible de lui plaire.RIM propose également son propre service musical, BBM Music, qui connecté à la messagerie instantanée BBM permet de découvrir et écouter en streaming les musiques de ses amis et partager les siennes. Quelque peu différente puisqu’elle permet de stocker sa musique personnelle en ligne et d’y accéder ainsi n’importe où depuis son BlackBerry, l’application SugarSync a elle également ses adeptes. Enfin SugarSync, une application offrant un accès à plus de 700 stations, mérite aussi d’être citée, à l’instar de Slaker Radio.Le 28 juin 2012 à 10:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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The Best Marvel Funko Pops

first_img Sony Pictures CEO Says ‘Door Is Closed’ for Now on Spider-Man SplitMarvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000 Stay on target The Marvel universe is positively full of memorable and awesome characters, and luckily so many of them have their own corresponding Funko Pop action figures. Whether you’re team Deadpool or Captain Marvel, there’s gotta be a character out there that speaks to you. Check out some of the coolest Marvel Funko Pops around below and get ready to be bombarded by awesome heroes.View as: One Page Slides1/101. Agent CarterHer show may have been canceled, but you can never cancel Agent Carter’s indomitable spirit. Currently $8.18 at Amazon. Buy It Here.2. Captain MarvelCaptain Marvel is masked with this particularly impressive figure. Currently $10.95 at Amazon. Buy It Here.3. DeadpoolEveryone’s favorite zany antihero, distilled into an adorable Funko Pop. Currently $27.90 at Amazon. Buy It Here.4. Spider-GwenThe coolest Spider-hero of all, Spider-Gwen corners the market on gorgeous costumes and being a badass. Currently $7.50 at Amazon. Buy It Here.5. Black BoltWe got our first look at Black Bolt and the Inhumans in ABC’s new trailer. Grab this guy to keep you company while you wait for the premier. Currently $16.95 at Amazon. Buy It Here.6. Winter SoldierYou don’t have to attach your metal arm to check out this Winter Soldier figure. Currently $74.00 at Amazon. Buy It Here.7. Spider-ManGet ready for Homecoming with this adorable Peter Parker. Currently $10.99 at Amazon. Buy It Here.8. Silver SurferGet to know the Surfer beyond that “The Life of Pablo” interlude from Kanye. Currently $10.71 at Amazon. Buy It Here.9. Squirrel GirlIt’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a …Squirrel? Yup here’s Marvel’s very own Squirrel Girl along with her furry sidekick. Currently $31.50 at Amazon. Buy It Here.10. DaredevilDaredevil doesn’t need sight to see why his Funko Pop is so cool. Currently $9.27 at Amazon. Buy It Here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Relief supplies distributed in North and Middle Caicos by country leaders

first_img Related Items:#HurricaneIrma, #magneticmedianews, #middlecaicos, #NorthCaicos Doctor, nurse and entrepreneur from Texas are the three drowned in Middle Caicos Recommended for you August 30th – One Year since Hurricane Irma named Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 15, 2017 – North & Middle Caicos – Door to door relief supplies were on Thursday delivered in North and Middle Caicos and among those distributing directly to residents there impacted by category five hurricane, were Minister of Education, Karen Malcolm, DDME Director, Dr Virginia Clerveaux, MP for North and Middle, Minister Ralph Higgs and the premier, Sharlene Robinson.While areas like Conch Bar in Middle Caicos and Kew in North Caicos are with electricity, television and cell phone services – Bottle Creek is still lacking communication.    A Flow team was reportedly working on that restoration effort.   Relief will come for pedestrians and motorists as water logged areas in Providenciales are still having wells being dug, to alleviate the localized flooding in Five Cays and Long Bay.The Premier in a daily report on social media explained that each new day, the hospitals are adding regular services for the general public as a sign of a return to normal life.    Grand Turk is due to see Digicel today, that telecommunications company is quickly making up for lost time and has announced services returned to several areas.Flow yesterday announced that mobile services were restored to South Caicos and power to some areas also came, thanks to the team from FortisTCI.    The Airports Authority has invited residents to recharge their phones at the airport in South Caicos.    Premier Robinson added that the relief supplies earmarked for South Caicos are being readied for distribution.#MagneticMediaNews FortisTCI announces bid to hike electricity bills, cites record $42m response to hurricanes as destabilizinglast_img read more

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Hazel Dell shootings confirmed as murdersuicide

first_imgAutopsies have confirmed a murder-suicide as the cause of death of a Hazel Dell man and his girlfriend.Bonnie L. Eakins, 50, died of a gunshot wound to the head that was ruled a homicide, according to the Clark County medical examiner. Brent M. Niedermark, 47, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.The couple was found dead Monday evening inside Niedermark’s rented duplex at 6304-A N.E. Hazel Dell Ave.According to court records and neighbors, the two had a history of domestic violence, and at the time of their deaths, Eakins had an active no-contact order against Niedermark.Sheriff’s deputies recovered a loaded handgun in the duplex.last_img read more

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Clark Public Utilities board gives manager 10K raise

first_img Clark Public Utilities’ elected three-member board of commissioners expressed pleasure with staff as it unanimously approved a largely status quo budget Tuesday, including a 4.4 percent pay increase for General Manager Wayne Nelson.The 2013 budget proposes no rate increase on electricity or water.Nelson’s pay hike, after the board’s early-morning executive session review of his performance, raised his income from $225,000 to $235,000 a year. The 11 percent raise Nelson received in 2011, which raised his pay from $202,234 to $225,000, was his first raise since 2008.In addition, the board voted Tuesday to convert 100 hours of Nelson’s unused sick leave to annual leave and to maintain his vehicle allowance of $400 a month. All changes are retroactive to July.Board members justified the pay increase as a competitive move to retain Nelson, who has served since 1999 as general manager of the utility, which has 367 employees.“When you have a good person on board, you want to keep that good person on board,” said Commissioner Byron Hanke. He serves with Commissioner Nancy Barnes and Commission President Carol Curtis. Curtis did not seek re-election in November and thus presided over her final board meeting on Tuesday. She will be replaced by newly elected utility commissioner Jim Malinowski on Jan. 1. Wayne Nelsonlast_img read more

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Navy Yard Sets Course to Become Philadelphias Second Commercial Hub

first_imgWith the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week, a number of experts in military base redevelopment have recommended lawmakers attending the event take the time to visit the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, which in the two decades since it was shuttered has been revitalized as a waterfront urban campus with aspirations to become a second Center City.Now branded as the Navy Yard and owned by the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp. (PIDC), the reuse project is home to more than 12,000 employees and 152 companies in the office, industrial, manufacturing, and research and development sectors. One of the keys to the project’s success was a decision to pivot from marketing the site as a suburban office and industrial park to a mixed-use urban campus.“We started to think about the property as not being separated from the city, but connected to it, with amenities and transit and a residential component,” PIDC President John Grady told Politico Magazine, which chronicles the transformation in last week’s issue.The development corp. then awarded Liberty Property Trust, a Philadelphia-based real estate investment group, the right to develop a 70-acre office complex at the gates of the Navy Yard. Since then, the company has been expanding in phases.“With a project of this scale it takes a public entity and sponsor that has continuity and doesn’t change every time there’s an election to be the steward of the vision and a private player who has the endurance and financial wherewithal to stay the course,” said Bill Hankowsky, Liberty’s president and CEO.The Yard’s big breakthrough occurred in 2004 when URBN — the apparel group that owns Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie — purchased six buildings to relocate its headquarters from Center City Philadelphia. URBN’s hip campus helped lure investors and tenants to the site’s aging industrial buildings and empty lots, according to the story. GlaxoSmithKline later followed, and now much of its North American operations and 1,200 employees are housed in a 205,000-square-foot, $140 million glass building.“What’s made this successful is it’s not the government saying ‘We will make these infrastructure investments by themselves and leave them to be made to work,’ and it’s not the private sector saying ‘This is all the market supports,’” said Grady. “It’s an alliance that creates employment and production and fills in a gap for what is going on in the city.”But PIDC’s vision has not yet been fully achieved. Plans for a former naval aircraft factory and airfield call for commercial buildings, port facilities, plazas, parks and a canal, while repurposed buildings in the shipyard’s historic core are slated to be turned into 1,000 units of apartments. One day the Yard could have more than 40,000 workers.“The magical thing about the Navy Yard is that it’s a really beautiful but dissonant place with all of these wonderful layers,” said Prema Gupta, who manages the Yard for PIDC. “There’s industrial and post-industrial, and maritime, amazing new construction by some of the best architects around and these parks and big open sky.” Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Myanmar filmmaker jailed for one year after criticising

first_imgYANGON: A Myanmar filmmaker was sentenced to a year in prison on Thursday for criticising the military, as free expression advocates warned of “grave threats” to those who challenge the powerful armed forces. Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi, an activist and founder of human rights film festivals, was detained in April following a Facebook post in which he slammed the 2008 military-drafted constitution. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us The charter is deeply unpopular in Myanmar as it gifts the armed services three-quarters of parliamentary seats and control of three ministries despite an ostensible transition to civilian rule. He was sentenced under a law that criminalises incitement by publishing statements causing “fear or alarm” to the public. “I wasn’t surprised because I expected what was coming,” Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi told reporters as he was led from the Insein courthouse in Yangon. Also Read – Imran calls on Pakistanis to take part in ‘Kashmir Hour’ Advertise With Us The ruling will take into account time served since his arrest. The free expression group Article 19 said the case was further evidence of the “grave threats faced by those who criticise the Myanmar military”. “The conviction…demonstrates the extreme vulnerability of outspoken activists and artists in contemporary Myanmar,” said Matthew Bugher, head of Article 19’s Asia programme. Advertise With Us Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi was one of a number of activists arrested in recent months in cases that flew under the radar after the high-profile release from jail of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo in May. He was sentenced in the same place where the two reporters were convicted in 2018 of violating state secrets after revealing a massacre of Rohingya Muslims. They were freed by presidential pardon after spending more than 500 days in jail. The Reuters case further damaged the legacy of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has gone from icon to pariah for failing to stand up for the persecuted Rohingya. Myanmar is ranked 138 out of 180 countries for press freedom by Reporters Without Borders.last_img read more

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Demonstrating students attacked in Jhigatola gunshots fired

first_imgPhoto : Prothom AloA group of youths swooped on the demonstrating students in Jhigatola area of the city on Saturday, witnesses said.The witnesses said some 25-30 men wearing helmets launched the attack on the students who were controlling traffic at Jhigatola intersection around 2:00pm.They also fired gunshots. Dozens of students were injured. Earlier, hundreds of students of different educational institutions demanding safety of the road thronged Jhigatola from the morning. They were peacefully demonstrating and controlling the traffic in the area.At one point, the attackers with sticks in their hands swoop on the students and beat up some of the students in front of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) gate. The border guard members tried to protect the students and stop the attackers.The students and the attackers then pelted brick chips to each other.Students started to gather in different streets of the capital for the seventh consecutive day on Saturday morning demanding safe roads and justice for death of two of their fellows in a road accident on 29 July. The movement sparked off after shipping minister Shajahan Khan smilingly compared the Dhaka Airport Road accident with the one in India, which killed 33 people, while talking to newsmen within one hour of the crash.last_img read more

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Pakistan China agree to boost strategic cooperation

first_imgPakistan, ChinaChinese state councillor and foreign minister Wang Yi met his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Saturday and both the leaders agreed to strengthen the strategic cooperation partnership between the two countries.Wang, who is on a three-day official visit to Pakistan, and Qureshi held a joint press conference at the foreign office after having a one-on-one meeting and delegation-level talks, Geo News reported.”Relations with China are an integral part of our foreign policy and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is the new government’s top priority,” said Qureshi.”Pakistan has played a key role in eliminating terrorism and China appreciated Pakistan’s sacrifices in the war on terror. We are proud of Pakistan and China’s friendship,” Qureshi said after the meeting, adding that the friendship had “withstood every test”.He said that the purpose of the Chinese foreign minister’s meeting was to increase communication with the new government.On his part, Wang said: “We want to strengthen relations with Pakistan. Had a positive meeting with Qureshi.”This is the first official visit by a Chinese dignitary since the new government was formed in Pakistan.Wang extended an invitation to prime minister Imran Khan to be the guest of honour at the International Import Expo in China. “The Chinese foreign minister has invited the prime minister to visit the country in November,” Qureshi said.In addition to meeting Qureshi, Wang will meet Khan, outgoing president Mamnoon Hussain, National Assembly speaker Asad Qaiser and chief of army staff general Qamar Bajwa. He is also likely to meet president-elect Arif Alvi.Pakistan foreign office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said that Wang “underscored Beijing’s firm support to Pakistan’s socio-economic progress and development”.Both ministers resolved to strengthen strategic cooperation and China was assured of Pakistan’s continued commitment to the CPEC as a priority project, the report said.Wang Yi had arrived in the capital on Friday.last_img read more

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