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Nominations Sought to Honour Outstanding Nova Scotians

first_imgNova Scotians are asked to nominate, or re-nominate individuals deserving of the Order of Nova Scotia, the province’s highest honour. Nominations for the Order will be accepted until Friday, March 18. Recipients of the Order are chosen for making significant and lasting contributions to their communities. “As the highest honour our province can bestow, the Order of Nova Scotia exemplifies what it means to be an outstanding contributor to the life and being of Nova Scotia,” said Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant, chancellor of the Order of Nova Scotia. “All Nova Scotians, especially our young people, need to see that a life committed to excellence and service to others can create a tremendous benefit for the whole province.” Since its creation in 2001, 82 recipients have been invested into the Order, including five last year. “There are very deserving people who dedicate their lives to making a difference in our communities and our province,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “The Order is a wonderful way of recognizing these individuals and thanking them for their efforts.” Past recipient Dr. Margaret Casey of Halifax was invested in 2015. She is a health-care provider, educator and a community advocate. “There are so many people in this province who have done such amazing things,” said Dr. Casey. “We all are rooted in our day-to-day work, to have that work appreciated by your fellow Nova Scotians in this way is just a huge honour.” Sharon Irwin of Sydney was also invested in 2015. She was recognized for the years she devoted to ensuring child care is inclusive, affordable, accessible and comprehensive. “It meant something personally. It meant something professionally. And it meant something to the advocacy community,” said Ms. Irwin. “I am still thrilled to be included in this group of amazing Nova Scotians.” Nomination forms are available at Access Nova Scotia centres, Province House, offices of members of the legislative assembly, Nova Scotia members of Parliament and the senate, and municipal offices and online at http://novascotia.ca/iga/order.asp. Those wishing to re-nominate an individual can submit a photocopy of the previous nomination package, with a new nomination form. For more information, contact the Protocol Office at 902-424-2467 or visit http://novascotia.ca/iga/order.asp.last_img read more

Can Indie Artists Get on Spotify

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Attend a music industry conference this year and you’re bound hear that “streaming is the new radio” – maybe even a few times. Radio used to be an indie artist’s ticket to fame and fortune, or at least a decent SOCAN cheque and a noticeable boost in ticket sales. While Nielsen surveys show radio’s influence is still significant, streaming playlists, especially on Spotify, are having a huge impact on artists’ earnings and popularity. The importance of these playlists has become obvious, but what is still less clear is how songs get added to them. Like radio, is it largely the domain of the signed artists with the backing of label-employed pluggers, or can indie label and self-releasing artists get their songs on these playlists? The answer to both is “yes.”For starters, there is much more to Spotify than the mega-lists with millions of followers, such as New Music Friday or Top Hits. There are over 2 billion playlists on Spotify, the majority of which are user-generated or algorithm-generated; human beings employed by Spotify curate a just a minority of premier playlists, like the very influential RapCaviar.READ MORE Advertisementlast_img read more

Privacy Commissioner raises concerns over Sidewalk Labs data proposals

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 26, 2019. TORONTO — Ontario’s privacy commissioner has raised concerns over the management of personal data that would be collected in Toronto’s Quayside development by Sidewalk Labs.Sidewalk Labs, a Google sister company seeking to develop part of the Toronto waterfront into a tech-heavy neighbourhood, has proposed that an independent urban data trust be established to oversee the data collected, among other privacy measures.Commissioner Brian Beamish says in a letter to Waterfront Toronto that Sidewalk’s data governance proposals have a lack of independent public oversight, a cumbersome mandate that overlaps with existing regulators, and not enough of a role for the City of Toronto given its experience of delivering services in the public interest.He says the provincial government should take the opportunity to modernize laws around data and privacy rather than rely on Sidewalk Labs to take the lead.Sidewalk Labs spokeswoman Keerthana Rang said in a statement that the company supports the robust and healthy discussion on privacy and data that its proposal has generated.Waterfront Toronto is currently negotiating with Sidewalk Labs on numerous issues about the proposed development including its scale, public transit commitments, who will be the developer, and privacy and data issues, with a set deadline of Oct. 31 to resolve these key concerns before moving on to further public consultations. The Canadian Press read more

At UN over 2 billion pledged to help hurricaneaffected Caribbean nations build

“I think we’re extremely happy with the results of the conference,” said Stephen O’Malley, the UN Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) for Barbados and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States. The powerful category-5 hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the Caribbean in September causing a number of deaths and widespread devastation in the Caribbean. According to the latest needs estimates, recovery costs are expected to surpass $5 billion. Barbuda, the smaller of the two-island State of Antigua and Barbuda, and Dominica were among the most severely affected, along with Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands. Haiti and St. Kitts and Nevis also suffered damage, while St. Maarten/St. Martin as well as Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico were also impacted. “It is a very long road to recovery,” Mr. O’Malley said in an interview with UN News, noting that while the roads in the capital, Roseau, are more or less clear and water is back, only three per cent of the country currently has electricity. In addition, agriculture has been badly affected. “It’s still a hard time.”Meanwhile, on Barbuda, water was restored yesterday and people are trickling back to the island. The roads have been cleared and people are beginning to repair their homes, and trying to determine whether they can come back and resettle or wait longer until the conditions are right for returning. Schools have not re-opened and medical services are very limited, Mr. O’Malley noted. Nearly 400 high-level representatives from governments, multilateral and civil society organizations and the private sector gathered in New York, along with the Secretaries-General of the UN and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to help the affected countries “build back better.” “They want to be a climate-resilient region,” Mr. O’Malley stated, explaining that this involves practical steps from the way a country’s road network and electricity grid are designed to ensuring that schools and hospitals are built to withstand the impact of climate change. “It’s your infrastructure. It’s also better planning and preparedness by the governments so that they can respond more quickly,” he pointed out. “They have the capacity to do that […] there’s a variety of different things there to make everybody more climate resilient.” Addressing the conference yesterday, Secretary-General António Guterres noted that countries in the Caribbean need support now to rebuild, and to take effective climate action. “We need a new generation of infrastructure that is risk-informed, to underpin resilient economies, communities and livelihoods,” he told the gathering. Find out more about the UN’s efforts to assist countries impacted by the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season here read more

Express supermarket stores are charging three times as much as their larger

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. Sylvia Rook – Lead officer, Chartered Trading Standards Institute, told the BBC: “With normal economy and supplier demand, it is often the case that smaller shops, and those in more remote areas, will charge more.”I always think that when you look at service station petrol prices on motorways, that is very telling, because they are normally hugely more expensive but they are open 24 hours and have higher overheads.”With smaller stores, deliveries are also harder to get to them.” Express supermarkets are charging customers up to three times more for their groceries than superstores from the same chain, an investigation has found.Some fruit and vegetables have a mark up of up to 177 per cent as smaller shops charge more for the same product.Branded items do not have consistent prices across stores from the same chain either, according to the investigation by the BBC.The analysis found that a Tesco Express store sold a banana for 25p, while the local superstore sold it at a fraction of the price for 9p.Similarly at Marks and Spencer, a banana costs 40p in the convenience store and 18p in the big shop.Mr Kipling’s French Fancies cost £1.95 in a Sainsbury’s convenience store, and £1.60 in the supermarket.The BBC visited a variety of shops between September and October this year to compare prices.At Sainsbury’s and Marks and Spencer stores in Birmingham, and Waitrose shops in Shropshire, 45 of 50 items cost more in the convenience location, while at the Tesco Express, 39 of 50 items cost more than in the superstore.The shops all said the mark-ups were due to smaller shops facing higher operating costs, including higher rents and increased rates for longer opening hours. read more

Two die on New Years Day in London after worst year in

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Partridge said: “The incident took place outside a venue that was hosting a private party.”It appears the deceased and the two injured males were working as security staff for the party, they were attacked by a group of males who were outside trying to enter the venue.”The female was also attacked as she assisted the security staff in closing the front door of the premises.”This shocking incident happened just hours into a New Year, the area was particularly busy with people out celebrating and making their way home from various parties and organised events.”Meanwhile, a woman was shot in the leg as she partied at Visions Video Bar in Hackney, east London, in the early hours of New Years Day. She was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. On New Year’s Eve, Scotland Yard confirmed there had been 134 homicides over the course of 2018, a figure including both murder and manslaughter.   After London suffered its most deadly year in a decade in 2018, it was hoped the new year would prove to be a catalyst for change. But 2019 was a little more than four hours old when the capital claimed it’s first suspected murder victim.A woman was stabbed to death in the early hours of New Year’s Day at a property on John Ruskin Street, in Camberwell, south London.The woman, aged in her early 30s, was pronounced dead at 4.50am after paramedics tried for half an hour to save her life.  A 34-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in custody at a south London police station.Minutes later, a security guard was stabbed to death and three others injured as they tried to bar a group of men from entering a New Year’s Eve party in London’s West End.Emergency services were called to the property on Park Lane in Westminster at around 5.30am on following reports of violence.The victim, believed to be in his early 30s, died of his injuries and two other men – aged 37 and 29 – and a 29-year-old woman were also injured.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Construction underway at Tutavu Gold Project in Fiji

first_imgLion One Metals Ltd has announced the start of the construction phase of the Tuvatu Gold Project in Fiji with the release of the site bulk earthworks contract.  The company has awarded the contract to AR Quarry and Concrete (ARQC), a large, reputable civil contractor based in Nadi, Fiji.  ARQC won the contract in a competitive tender process with multiple bidders.The contract scope of work includes approximately 112,000 m3 of excavation and 85,000 m3 of fill.  Specific construction activities include the following:mill site bulk excavation and fill for five platforms for the run of mine ore stockpile, the crushing plant, the processing plant, the maintenance building, and the diesel power generation plant;mill site road construction;erection of three retaining walls ranging in height from 3 m to 10 m high;construction of a lined storm water detention pond;excavation of a large diversion ditch to redirect storm water runoff around the mill site;installation of site drainage ditches and culverts for management of mill site storm water runoff;straightening of Tuvatu creek to open up additional required site area;rerouting of 400 m of the Navilawa Road outside the mill site proper to ensure public safety and security;preparation of a pad for the installation of the engineered fill crushing plant;preparation of a pad for the installation of the mine maintenance shop and mine dry.ARQC will begin mobilising equipment and personnel immediately.  The earthworks are planned to be substantially complete in Q2 2018. Lion One is aggressively advancing its 100% owned Tuvatu Gold Project as a world class discovery and near-term production opportunity in the southwest Pacific Ring of Fire. Tuvatu is modelled for exploration after regional giants in the low sulphidation family of high grade epithermal gold deposits such as Porgera and Lihir in PNG, and Vatukoula in Fiji. “These spectacular discoveries have produced over 35 Moz of gold in similar alkaline volcanic settings. Tuvatu has been fully permitted by the Government of Fiji for operations startup and has a dual-track strategy of production development and resource expansion inside its 385 ha mining lease.”Tuvatu is located 25 km from the international airport in Nadi, on the west coast of Viti Levu in the Republic of Fiji.  Lion One’s CEO Walter Berukoff leading an experienced team of mine builders, has owned or operated over 20 mines in seven countries.  As the founder and former CEO of Miramar Mines, Northern Orion, and La Mancha Resources, he is credited with building over $3 billion of value for shareholders.last_img read more

Greek activist in Australia next week

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Katerina Thoidou, a journalist and a member of the Socialist Workers Party (SEK) and of the Movement Unite Against Fascism and the Racist Threat (KEERFA) in Greece is coming to Australia next week in order to participate in the congress of the sister organization of SEK in Australia, ‘Solidarity’, to be held in Sydney. Prior to her visit in Sydney Katerina Thoidou will visit Melbourne, where she will be giving three speeches on three different occasions. On Monday 12 August at 7.00 pm at the Cultural Centre ‘Democritus’, 583 High Street, Northcote, she will be speaking about the struggles of the working class and the Greek society against the austerity measures and the fascist threat. On Tuesday 13 August at 6.30 pm, at Melbourne’s Trades Hall Building, in Meeting Room 1, corner of Lygon and Victoria Streets Carlton. Her speech is entitled ‘Europe: Crisis, Austerity and Resistance’. The third and last address will be on Wednesday 14 August 14 at 12.00 pm, at the University of Melbourne, at the Graham Cornish Rooms, 2nd floor, Union House, where she will be talking about the antifascist struggle in Greece.last_img read more

USIBWC attempting to avoid litigation from San Diego cities over Mexican sewage

first_img Updated: 3:37 PM November 2, 2017 , 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The U.S. Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission announced Thursday that it wants to hold a workshop with San Diego-area cities and agencies in hopes of staving off a lawsuit over the flow of sewage from Mexico.The cities of Chula Vista, Imperial Beach and San Diego, the county of San Diego and Port of San Diego have declared their intent to sue the USIBWC — an agency is responsible for water treaties covering Mexico and this country — over continued spills that have fouled water on both sides of the border.The notice of intent gave the commission two months to create a plan to reduce or end polluted waters coming across the border. The county, cities and port can go ahead with a lawsuit if they don’t find the plan acceptable.The U.S. Justice Department made the request to hold a workshop on behalf of the USIBWC in a letter to the local jurisdictions.”We want to work with the community to address these concerns cooperatively rather than through litigation,” Commissioner Edward Drusina said. “The USIBWC continues to work with our partners to take concrete actions to improve sanitation conditions at the border.”In its announcement, the commission outlined a series of steps it has taken in response to the spills, including:developing a more detailed protocol for providing notification of spillsforming a working group to address trans-border issues in the Tijuana River Valleyembarking on a study of infrastructure that could reduce the impact of flows into the valleyupdating a plan for regular water quality testingworking with the Mexican Section of the IBWC to finalize operating protocols to ensure more reliable operation of equipment that diverts wastewater out of the riverThe USIBWC said the letter proposed an inclusive process to address the matters identified in the notice of intent to sue and requested the workshop with stakeholders to resolve the concerns quickly. USIBWC attempting to avoid litigation from San Diego cities over Mexican sewage spills Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: November 2, 2017last_img read more

Soy Growers Focus on GMO Labeling TPP this Week in Washington

first_imgLegislation that sets a national standard for the labeling of bioengineered food, as well as the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership and its impact on soybean producers across the country are among the top issues that the Board of Directors of the American Soybean Association (ASA) will address with lawmakers during its annual spring meeting in Washington. ASA’s meeting coincides with the introduction of the Senate floor of S.2609, a bill from Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts that would avoid a potential patchwork of state-level GMO labeling statues by establishing a nationwide framework, and farmers will met with senators and leadership from both parties this week to urge its passage.”The Roberts bill is the top priority of soybean farmers this spring and the closer we get to the July 1 implementation of the Vermont labeling law, the more important it becomes for Congress to step up and pass a national standard to avoid the convoluted and expensive patchwork that state-by-state solutions present,” said ASA President Richard Wilkins, a farmer from Greenwood, Del. “The message we’re taking to the Hill this week is one of urgency. Research shows that the Vermont law alone will add an additional $1,050 to the average American family’s grocery bill, which is reason enough to take action, but add to that the unwarranted stigmatization of safe and sustainable modern agricultural practices, and it’s clear that the time for the Senate to act is now.”Wilkins also pointed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership and its benefits to soybean producers in a down farm economy as key points ASA will take to the Hill.”We recognize that with an election in November, we’re facing a difficult political climate in Washington, but that doesn’t subtract from the critical importance of moving the TPP forward in 2016.” he said. “The TPP means jobs, it means increased exports and it means growing demand in 11 extremely important developed and emerging economies for the meat proteins that demand our soybean meal to produce. It’s too important to let Congress get to it when it’s convenient; we have to press now.”The Board will also relay in its meetings the urgency to act this year on other issues, including funding in the FY17 Energy & Water Appropriations bill for operations, maintenance, and upgrades to inland waterways infrastructure as well as harbors and ports; and co-sponsorship of House and Senate bills that will be re-introduced to extend and reform the biodiesel tax credit; and normalization of relations with Cuba.This week’s meeting is the first of three annual meetings of the ASA board, and runs today through Wednesday.last_img read more

DOL chief Luce retires from post this week

first_imgOLYMPIA — After six and a half years directing the Department of Licensing in Olympia, Liz Luce could no longer ignore the call to come home to Vancouver. For the past two years, Luce wanted to permanently move back to Vancouver, where she and her husband, Jim, have resided for more than three decades. Before taking her position at the DOL, Luce served three terms as Clark County auditor and headed U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell’s Southwest Washington office. Now, at 63, she decided to give in to the urge and retire from the agency at this week.Several years ago, Luce created the country’s first driver’s license that could be used in place of a passport for traveling across national borders. The license was created partly out of concern that people without passports would not be able to cross the border between Washington and British Columbia during the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, B.C. The license was also intended to boost business during the Games, as tourists flocked south to shop in Washington.last_img read more

ATT turns on 5G in New York but it still isnt available

first_img Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier 1 Comment AT&T 5G has hit the Big Apple.  Angela Lang/CNET AT&T turned on 5G in New York City on Tuesday, but it still isn’t making its speedy new network available to regular consumers. The new millimeter-wave network, or what AT&T calls “5G+,” will be available in “parts” of New York City, though parts may be a bit of a stretch. In its release, AT&T acknowledges that the service will be in “limited areas initially” with a company spokesperson telling CNET that the new service will be available first in parts “near and around East Village, Greenwich Village and Gramercy Park.” AT&T has multiple versions of 5G, with 5G+ denoting its super-fast but limited range millimeter-wave flavor. The company also has “sub-6” spectrum that covers wider areas but at slower speeds which it will simply call “5G.” Both of those forms of actual 5G are different than 5GE, the rebranding of AT&T’s improved but existing 4G network that is currently available across the country. “As a densely-populated, global business and entertainment hub, New York City stands to benefit greatly from having access to 5G, and we’ve been eager to introduce the service here,” said Amy Kramer, president of AT&T’s New York region, in a statement. “While our initial availability in NYC is a limited introduction at launch, we’re committed to working closely with the City to extend coverage to more neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs.”Though limited in range, New York becomes the twenty-first city where AT&T has deployed 5G, extending the company’s early lead in the 5G race over Verizon (nine cities), T-Mobile (six) and Sprint (five). Those rival carriers, however, are letting anyone use their respective networks, not just select businesses or developers. It is still unclear when AT&T will make 5G available to everyone, but the company plans to deploy a nationwide 5G network on its wider-ranging “sub-6” spectrum in the “first half of 2020.”  See All Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Here’s everything that 5G can do for you Phones Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple Share your voice 5G AT&T T-Mobile Apple reading • AT&T turns on 5G in New York, but it still isn’t available to consumers 16 Photos Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Tags •last_img read more

IT dept investigates ICICI Banks sale of Mumbai building to Videocon Group

first_imgICICI Bank, Chanda Kochhar, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ICICI BankReutersIn a series of investigations against ICICI bank and Videocon group, the Income-tax (IT) department has started probing a real estate deal between the two entities. The case is related to a possible tax evasion in the ICICI Bank-Videocon loan case.The 13-storied building, Radhika apartments in Prabhadevi in central Mumbai, which was earlier the staff quarter for the ICICI bank, has now come under lens after the allegations were made of possible quid pro quo. There have been allegations that the building was sold to the Videocon group at a lower price than the existing market rate of that time.The Indian Express reported that Radhika apartments were sold at a deflated price of Rs. 17,000 per sq ft for Rs 61 crore to Videocon group as against the existing market price in the area which was about Rs. 25,000 per sq ft at that time.Venugopal Dhoot, who leads Videocon group, had announced that 27 flats in the building belonging to ICICI bank were bought for the employees of its telecom venture which was launched in the city in the same year.Chanda Kochhar is also under the radar of investigation agencies after the Videocon group was given a loan of Rs. 3,250 crore from ICICI Bank in 2012. Eventually, the loan amount was diverted to a firm set up by Dhoot and Deepak Kochhar, husband of ICICI Bank managing director and chief executive officer Chanda Kochhar, reports Indian Express.It is also to be noted that Dhoot gave Rs 64 crore in 2010 to NuPower Renewables Pvt Ltd (NRPL) which was set up by him, Deepak Kocchar and two of his relatives. Going forward, the proprietorship of the company was transferred to a trust owned by Deepak Kochhar for mere Rs. 9 lakh.Out of 86 per cent (Rs 2,810 crore) of the total loan (Rs. 3,250 crore loan), that was sanctioned to Videocon remained unpaid and the loan was declared non-performing asset (NPA) in 2017.Investigation agencies are probing the fact that Chanda Kochhar influenced the decision to disburse the loan amount given to the Videocon group.last_img read more

Opposition says Cambodian election was death of democracy

first_imgPolling station officials empty ballots boxes before counting at a polling station in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Sunday, 29 July 2018. With the main opposition silenced, Cambodians were voting in an election Sunday virtually certain to return to office Prime Minister Hun Sen and his party who have been in power for more than three decades. Photo : APThe ruling party of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen congratulated itself Monday on its election victory, while the opposition party unable to contest the polls said they marked the death of democracy in the Southeast Asian country, making its government and any dealings with it illegitimate.Sok Eysan, the spokesman for Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party, described Sunday’s vote as a “brilliant victory” and said the country would move forward “under the umbrella of peace and political stability.”Although 20 parties contested the election, the only one with the popularity and organization to mount a real challenge, the Cambodian National Rescue Party, was dissolved last year by the Supreme Court in a ruling generally seen as political and ensuring that Hun Sen would extend his 33 years in power by another five-year term.The opposition CNRP, in a statement issued Monday by some of its former leaders in Jakarta, Indonesia, said that following the “sham election … what was left of a democracy in name only has been replaced with an outright dictatorship.”The statement predicted that in reaction to the polls, foreign countries would apply punitive sanctions that would cripple the economy.Declaring Hun Sen’s government illegitimate, it warned “governments and businesses across the world that the agreements, deals and accords signed as of today by Cambodia’s de facto regime will have no legal validity and will be revised by the future democratic government of Cambodia.”Preliminary election results released by the state National Election Committee showed that Hun Sen’s party won at least 70 per cent of the vote in each of the country’s 25 provinces. Under the election’s system of proportional representation, the party will likely take more than 100 of the 125 seats in the National Assembly.The disbanded CNRP’s former leaders had urged people not to vote in what was dubbed a “clean finger” campaign because those who cast ballots had to dip a finger in indelible ink, a practice meant to thwart multiple voting.But its campaign fizzled, if the official turnout tallies are accurate. According to the National Election Committee, more than 6.8 million registered voters, or 82.2 per cent, cast ballots.Criticism of the election as unfree and unfair came from Western governments and other groups.The United States said it regretted the “flawed elections” and would consider its response, including expanding visa restrictions that were announced in December.A statement from the White House press secretary’s office said the US was disappointed in the government’s decision to disenfranchise voters, citing the exclusion of the principal opposition party, the jailing and banning of its officials, and threats to punish nonvoters.Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop said in a statement that Hun Sen’s moves to eliminate his political opponents had reversed more than 25 years of progress toward democracy in Cambodia.”Australia is concerned the election took place in an environment where not all political parties, civil society organizations and media could operate freely,” Bishop said. She added that Australia will continue to urge the Cambodian government to take steps to allow free and open political debate without violence and intimidation.A veteran Indonesian politician and lawyer who has championed human rights said the Cambodian election was a “sign of danger” for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that could set back democracy across the region.Former Indonesian attorney-general Marzuki Darusman, who currently heads the UN Fact-finding Mission on Myanmar investigating abuses by security forces in Rakhine state, said Indonesia as one of the world’s largest democracies must “seriously address” the Cambodian situation.He told a news conference held by the disbanded CNRP in Jakarta that “I think we’re looking at a possible domino effect of what is happening in Cambodia across ASEAN as a whole if this is not addressed.”last_img read more

Oprah Reveals Her 10 Favorite Tech Gadgets of 2018

first_img Still need some (very, very last-minute) holiday gift guide ideas? Let Oprah help you.Last month, the mogul released her list of “Favorite Things of 2018” and it also includes her 10 favorite tech gadgets. A look at the list and it’s apparent that Oprah loves her Apple products (iPhone XR and Apple Watch Series 4, for example), but it also includes some more unexpected recommendations (Lumos Smart Bike Helmet, for example).These are the 10 tech gadgets Oprah picked as her favorites of 2018:Courant Catch:3 Wireless Charging Accessory TrayThis elegant valet tray that doubles as a wireless charger and it looks pretty nice on a desk or night stand. It’s made from premium pebble-grain Italian leather and quality aluminum alloy for durability. Have devices that can’t be charged wirelessly? No worries. It also features an additional USB-A output.Buy it at AmazonEcho SpotYou know the drill. With the Echo Spot you can use voice recognition to watch video flash briefings, see music lyrics, weather forecasts, to-do and shopping lists, browse, and listen to Audible audiobooks. All hands-free. It connects to Alexa so you can do even more, like play music, read the news, answer questions, set music alarms, and control smart home devices.Buy it AmazoniPhone XROprah’s iPhone pick? it’s not the XS. She recommends the more affordable iPhone XR, which boasts an all-screen design, liquid retina display, and what Apple calls “the longest battery life ever in an iPhone.”Buy it at AppleSamsung 2018 Q7FN QLED TVOprah went big with her pick of this Samsung QLED TV. It features a boundless 360-degree design, Ambient Mode that lets the TV blend perfectly with home décor, and a Q Smart function that lets you find streaming and live TV shows with a universal guide, OneRemote and voice assistance.Buy it AmazonRapidX X5 Car ChargerGot a big fam? Avoid fights on road trips with the X-5 USB Car Charger, which allows all car passengers (well, up to five of you) to charge their USB powered devices at the same time. Simply clip the USB hub extension onto your carseat pocket to enable even those in the back to charge their devices, tangle free.Buy it AmazonLumos Smart Bike HelmetSafety first! The Lumos Helmet is integrated with super bright white LEDs in the front and solid red LEDs in the back to ensure you stand out on the road. It also has bright left and right turn signals that users can activate via a wireless remote.Buy it AmazonApple AirPodsiPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, or Mac users will appreciate the gift of Apple AirPods, which instantly turn on  and connect to your device when you pull them out of their case. To adjust the volume, change the song, make a call, or even get directions, it’s easy — just double-tap to activate Siri.Buy it at AmazonRicoh Theta 360 CameraThe Ricoh Theta makes it easy to shoot 360 video — just push a button. No need to worry about the angle of view, tilt, and camera settings. And it can shoot without a smartphone or any external recording device. It’s so light and compact so you can take it with you on your adventures.Buy it at AmazonKatana Safety ArcThis is no regular medical alert device. An innovative personal safety device, the Katana Safety Arc easily attaches to your phone and connects you to a live emergency response agent and your most trusted friends with the press of a button.The first alarm is a piercing audible siren that’s activated with just the flick of a finger or by using the ingenious hidden wristband, the second alarm is a discreet silent-alert button for use in an uncomfortable situation when a loud siren might not be appropriate, and the third layer of defense facilitates a user’s Circle: up to seven pre-determined contacts that will be sent a map of the user’s location in the event of an emergency.Buy it at AmazonApple Watch Series 4 Gold Stainless Steel Case With Gold Milanese Loop“I’d only ever take off my Apple Watch to replace it with a new one, which is my plan with the latest model,” says Oprah. The Apple Watch Series 4 has the largest Apple Watch display yet, a new electrical heart sensor, re-engineered digital crown with haptic feedback.Buy it AmazonMore on Geek.com:15 Last-Minute Tech Gifts from Amazon Under $508 Best Geeky Coffee Table Books of 201813 Gifts for Tech-Savvy Globetrotters Apollo 11 Gift Guide: Best Moon Landing 50th Anniversary GiftsCool Gifts for Every ‘Star Wars’ Junkie Stay on targetlast_img read more

ATAB Business Builders 2016

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