India came to Australia with a confident and aggressive attitude: Michael Hussey

first_img4th Test, Day 5, Brief Scores: India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178) vs Australia (300 all out; Harris 79, Kuldeep 5 for 99) & 6/0 (Harris 2*, Khawaja 4*). Match ends in a draw. Full ScorecardMichael Hussey also credited Cheteshwar Pujara and Jasprit Bumrah for India’s historic Test series win in Australia.Former Australia cricketer Michael Hussey lauded Team India’s attitude under captain Virat Kohli after the visitors registered a historic 2-1 series win in Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday.The fourth Test of the series turned out to be a damp squib as rain and bad weather conditions in Sydney saw the final match end in a draw after the final day’s play was completely washed out.Hussey was really impressed with the way the Indian team came to Australia and adapted to the conditions Down Under and dominated the home side in their own den 19 out of the 20 days of Test cricket played in the series.”I think it’s been their mentality. I’ve seen a lot of teams come to Australia shores and hope they play well. But India have come here and they were expected to play well in these conditions. Yes Australia is in a bit of turmoil and transition with a few players out of the team.”But they have come here with an attitude of confidence, they want to be aggressive, they wanted to take the game on and that’s under Virat Kohli’s leadership which I think has been superb throughout the series. They played in a great spirit but they have played real confident cricket.advertisement”It’s not easy for a sub-continental team to come to Australia, adapt to the conditions and play so well. You can just tell how much it meant to them,” Hussey said on air after the match got over.Mr. Cricket as Hussey was known during his playing days, also credited Cheteshwar Pujara and Jasprit Bumrah for the win and picked those two players as the main reasons behind India’s historic triumph.Cheteshwar Pujara: can bat, can’t dance?Celebrations have well and truly begun for Team India! #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/XUWwWPSNuncricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 7, 2019Pujara stood out above all other batsmen on this tour as he ground down the home team’s bowlers with his powers of patience and crisp execution.Batting at the pivotal No.3 position, the 31-year-old scored 521 runs at an average of 74.4, with three centuries and one half-century, spending more than 30 hours at the crease to blunt Australia’s attack and claim man-of-the-series honors.The 68-Test veteran had relatively lean tours of South Africa and England last year, scoring just the one century in seven tests, but broke his away drought in spectacular fashion Down Under.Another reason for India’s success in the last one year has been the addition of Bumrah. Since making his debut in South Africa in January 2018, Bumrah has picked 49 wickets in 10 Tests at a staggering average of 21.89 with three five-wicket hauls.Is this series triumph Virat Kohli’s greatest achievement? #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/hZAP5JjkA5cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 7, 2019The number one bowler in ODIs proved phenomenal in red-ball cricket as well and ended up as the joint-highest wicket taker in the Border-Gavaskar series with 21 wickets along with Nathan Lyon.”If I have to pick on player I’d say Pujara. The way he batted throughout this series was just incredible. He batted so much time and he’s such an important player in that Indian team because everyone else all the attacking players can bat around him.”He was just a rock throughout this series. But credit must also go to Bumrah. I thought he was absolutely superb throughout this series too,” Hussey added.Also Read | Cheteshwar Pujara just can’t dance: Watch India stars celebrate historic winAlso Read | Australia Test series win as big as 1983 World Cup triumph, says India coach Ravi ShastriAlso Read | Virat Kohli celebrates historic Australia series win with wife Anushka Sharma at SCGAlso Read | Australia series win proudest moment of my 10-year career: Virat Kohlilast_img read more

FIRE DAMAGES LE MARS DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES

first_imgAn electrical power surge is blamed for a fire that affected three Le Mars downtown businesses Tuesday afternoon.Le Mars Fire Chief Dave Schipper was nearby at the Le Mars Public Library when the fire started:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/LMFIRE.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..caused the problem. :21That power surge caused several businesses and residential homes to have a loss of power.Schipper says there were fires in three adjoining businesses:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/LMFIRE2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………El Tarasco Bar. :29Chief Schipper says the fire was started from the surge from the power utility line.MidAmerican Energy crews were able to restore power to the neighborhood within an hour after the incident.last_img read more

Neymar spat with Cavani is good – Marquinhos

first_imgNeymar Neymar spat with Cavani is good for PSG, says Marquinhos Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 15:27 10/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) PSG-cropped Bongarts Neymar PSG Ligue 1 The star attackers attracted attention with an on-field argument over a penalty, but the Brazil defender such behaviour is only normal Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos says the row between Neymar and Edinson Cavani was something to be expected in a team of star players.The attacking duo became embroiled in an on-pitch spat when they argued about who should take a penalty during the 2-0 Ligue 1 win over Lyon last month.Neymar 14/1 to be CL top scorer Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. There were reports the argument spilled over into the dressing room and that PSG even offered Cavani a €1 million bonus to give up penalty duties to avoid the incident happening again.The Uruguay international insisted last week, however, that the incident had been exaggerated and that there is no lingering animosity between the two.And team-mate Marquinhos says head coach Unai Emery should be pleased to have the problem of two players who are desperate to inspire their side.”The conflict with Cavani is normal,” he said ahead of Brazil’s World Cup qualifier with Chile on Tuesday, as quoted by ESPN. “It’s a good problem for the coach to have two players with that responsibility, who want to be a part of that moment.”They are two great players and it’s all fitting together in the best way.”Neymar has enjoyed a strong start to his PSG career since completing his world-record €222million move from Barcelona, scoring eight times in as many games in all competitions.Marquinhos says his Brazil team-mate has adapted quickly to life in France and hopes he will achieve his career objectives in the capital.”Neymar’s reception was one of the best. He’s adapting quickly, he has new objectives and I think the Brazilians have helped. In my case, that helped a lot,” he said.”He’s always looking for more, he always wants to improve and to have new goals and that’s what he went to look for in Paris. We’ll help him.”last_img read more

How to Convert One-Time or Annual Donors into Monthly Givers

first_imgRevisit the language you’re using in your appeals. Frame your ask in such a way that it’s a win-win situation-monthly donations for you, convenience and budgeting for your donors. (Read more about the four parts of a great fundraising appeal.) Make sure your donation form offers a recurring giving option. Whenever you’re asking for money, ask for the monthly pledge, not just a one-time gift. (Need a donation form that allows and encourages donors to set up monthly giving? Find out more about DonateNow.) Package the appeal in an exciting way. For example, some organizations have an ambassador program or a sponsor-a-child every month program. Put a face on that sustainable gift. This way you’re creating some tangible tie to the idea of giving every month. Remember: To increase charitable donations, you should appeal to the heart–not the head. Thinking about monthly giving is one of the smartest things you can do as a fundraiser. At Network for Good, we find that 30-40% of the online donation volume coming from a nonprofit’s website is monthly giving. It would be wonderful for nonprofits to thank people every month instead of asking them for donations every few weeks.How do you do that? How do you turn your annual givers into monthly supporters? Don’t be afraid to ask for a monthly gift of support after someone completes a one-time transaction. It can be ingrained as a nice thank-you message: “Thank you so much for making a one-time gift. This is how you can put your support to work for us each and every month. Would you consider becoming a monthly supporter?” This can be done when asking for another gift later in the year, but consider this: First-time online donors are more likely to turn into monthly donors within three days their original online gift. Think of using this strategy during the holidays when you’re experiencing high traffic of one-time donations!Source: Adapted from the Nonprofit 911 Presentation “The Experts Are In! Your Online Fundraising and Nonprofit Marketing Questions Answered.”last_img read more

Why Aren’t There More Maternal Deaths? A Decomposition Analysis

first_imgPosted on April 7, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)John A. Ross of the Futures Group and MHTF Director Ann K. Blanc recently published a decomposition analysis of maternal deaths based on data published last year by the UN and Hogan et al. The paper notes that despite an increase in female populations of 42% during the period between 1990 and 2008, the number of maternal deaths actually declined. Ross and Blanc analyze the three components (women of reproductive age; general fertility rate; and maternal mortality ratio) that are used to calculate the number of maternal deaths in order to help explain the decline:For the developing world as a whole, and for the two major regions that account for most deaths, we follow the 1990–2008 trends to obtain the relative change in each of the three determinants. The purpose is to quantify the role of the three components in determining the number of deaths. Since the number of maternal deaths is simply the product of the number of women, the GFR, and the MMR, the effect of each can be obtained by holding the 1990 value constant to 2008 and noting the difference from the actual trend. That, together with the ratios of change, provides a picture of the role of each of the three determinants. Additionally, they ran a similar analysis for the maternal death rate, which is the number of deaths per 1,000 women aged 15-49 per year. Ross and Blanc conclude:The average woman’s annual risk of a maternal death, the maternal death rate, fell by over half in the 18-year period examined here. Without the past decline in fertility of nearly one-third, and the decline in the MMR of over a third, the numbers of maternal deaths would have been about 44% higher, with 3.6 million more deaths between 1990 and 2008.The decline in annual deaths from 541,000 in 1990–355,000 in 2008 has been achieved despite the growth in numbers of women. The particular contribution of the fertility decline has been to keep the absolute number of births constant; that has been overlooked in the literature of the field, but the effect is of the same magnitude as that of the decline in the MMR. There has also been an interaction between the two effects, first by averting many births on which the MMR would otherwise have acted, and second because greater contraceptive use has also helped lower the average MMR by improving the mix of births according to their risk profiles, shifting births away from high parities and older ages of mothers.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

A New Era for Professionals in the Field of Maternal Health

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 1, 2011June 20, 2017By: Zubaida Bai, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Zubaida Bai, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.The Young Champions of Maternal Health Program and its stakeholders have been a family for over eight months now. In this penultimate month as part of the outgoing class of Ashoka’s Young Champions of Maternal Health (cohort 1), I wish to acknowledge everyone who as a consequence of this fellowship has become an integral part of my now vastly extended family that spans 6 continents– all of whom I will cherish for the rest of my life.At my placement organization, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ashoka Fellow Rebecca Onie and everyone at HEALTH LEADS in Boston (Allison Quinn, Beth Felker, Eliza Wilson, Mark Marino, Monica Swahney, Nicole St. Omer Roy and Sutton Kiplinger), all of whom made sure that this association is beneficial in guiding me so my venture AYZH can scale to new heights.I will never forget the other Ashoka Young Champions of Maternal Health (many of whom are on their way to building successful careers in maternal health) whose work in the field has constantly given me strength and faith to take AYZH forward. The Young Champions Future Forum that was held in Ghana in May was another step all Young Champions like myself partook in which helped us further our efforts in the field. All credit goes to Claire Bangser, Tiffany Morris and Megan Coolidge from Ashoka and Dr. Ann Blanc and Tim Thomas from Maternal Health Task Force for setting up the Forum in such a seamless manner. It was a work of art because they knew just what the Young Champions needed to further their missions and thus had the right people for the sessions which were clearly targeted at providing guidance and helping us think critically. A big hug and thanks to all of them for setting the Future Forum’s focus in a way that was mindful of our needs.The Future Forum was an event which did not have a one size fits all approach. There was everything for each Young Champion and I am confident everyone at the venue will echo this thought. It gave each one of us a feeling of existence and confidence to go out and further our work in the field of maternal health. Among others who inspired me at the gathering were Josephine Nzerem, Kathryn Hall-Trujillo, Hamadou Tidiane Sy, Kate Teela, Bright Simons, Alice Emasu, Nana Twum-Danso, Martha Murdock, and Dr.Fred Sai.The goal of the Young Champions Future Forum was to boost the skills and passion of the Young Champions and to provide a platform for budding entrepreneurs in the field of maternal health. Each success of the Young Campion is a testimonial to that goal being achieved in the most efficient manner. In short, all I have to say is that I returned home as a better professional. I am humbled, inspired, encouraged and more confident thanks to the Future Forum. I will enjoy the bliss of these relationships all my life. Thank you Ashoka and thank you Maternal Health Task Force.Share this:last_img read more

Weekend Reading

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on October 28, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This week on the MHTF blogAn opportunity to work with Jacaranda Health in KenyaSatisfaction with care for mothers in EthiopiaMaternal mortality in AfghanistanLinkages between WASH and maternal healthOn Monday, the world population hits 7 billionSome reading for the weekend:What are abortion laws throughout the world?Defining personhood in AlabamaReactions to the UN Special Rapporteur’s report on reproductive healthUnsafe abortion killing thousands of women in KenyaShare this:last_img read more

Linchpin: What you need to know about the art of being indispensable

first_imgSeth Godin has a new book out, and Linchpin has me thinking about my work, indispensable colleagues and how to be truly valuable to my cause in entirely new ways. It is the most motivating book I’ve read in a long while. And, in a nice bonus, it includes a picture of my colleague Charles Ball at Network for Good in the inside cover, where there is a hall of fame of linchpins.As Seth Godin is gifted at doing, he puts his finger on some vital truths that we all may have sensed at certain moments but that haven’t been able to grap on a conscious level, articulate fully or act upon. If you are someone in a hurry to do good in this world, read this book because it will encourage you to pursue that goal in a way that makes a far bigger difference for you, your organization and the world. It will help you break out of the email inbox, the fear of failure and the spinning of wheels and galvanize you to pursue your genius instincts. In short, it’s a good kick in the butt and shot of bravery for the start of the new year.Here are some key ideas from the book:1. The people of greatest value in this economy and to your organization are linchpins. A linchpin is a person who walks into chaos, creates order and invents, connects, creates and makes things happen. People who work automatically, by rote and define what is and is not their job are disposable.2. The “makes things happen” part of being a linchpin is critical. It’s not enough to be an artiste. Or a genius. You actually have to produce and deliver. The difference between a successful artist and a failed one is what happens after the idea is hatched. The difference is the race to completion. Don’t just be an idea person. Be an implement-the-idea-fast person. As Seth says (and I love this):Wait! Are you saying that I have to be someone who dreams up new ideas AND makes them real? Someone who finds new ways to interact, new pathways to deliver emotion, new ways to connect? Someone who acts like a human, not a cog? Yes.3. Do all of this in a generous way. Don’t be a linchpin with an eye toward getting but rather with a mindset of giving. Approach your work as if you were giving the gift of yourself each day. Approach your customers (or donors!) with gratitude in your heart rather than dollars signs in your eyes.Number three is so important to our sector. Seth says there are three ways to think about gifts:1) Give me a gift!2) Here’s a gift. Now you owe me, big time.3) Here’s a gift, I love you.Stick to #3. It’s good for your career, it’s good for your organization and it’s good for the greater good.Thank you, Seth, for reminding us of how important it is – especially for those of us working for good causes – to approach our work with vigor, rigor and generosity!last_img read more

Welcome Blue Dot Users!

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How does your online engagement stack up? Check the benchmarks.

first_imgM+R and NTEN are about to release their annual ebenchmarking study, and they have offered this sneak peek at the data. (If you have trouble viewing the image in my post, the original is here.)How do your response rates stack up? Are you doing better or worse with your online giving, advocacy, mobile and social media?“>The findings are from 44 leading nonprofits like AARP, Planned Parenthood, and World Wildlife Fund.last_img

The worst way to start your appeal…

first_img… is to be utterly predictable.As my colleague Mark Rovner points out in a recent blog post, “Our brains evolved long ago to strain through the billions of sensory inputs for a few morsels of relevant info. If we can’t eat it, mate with it, or run away from it, we ignore it.”In other words, if we know what’s coming, and it’s not critical to our survival, we don’t care.That means you can’t start that appeal with the same old, same old, same old. Your first lines really matter. If they don’t grab you,they don’t matter. I have always spent the most time on the first line of everything I’ve written – from the time I was a journalist to today. That’s time well spent.Are your first lines fresh? If they aren’t, don’t despair. My favorite writing trick is to delete the first paragraph of any piece of writing. I’ve recommended this for so many organizations. Take look – is it better when you skip the part that was you, warming up? Cut to the chase. The pursuit of what comes next is what keeps us reading.last_img read more

ESPN Releases New CFB Playoff Picks After Week 6

first_imgIan Book throws a pass for Notre Dame.CHAPEL HILL, NC – OCTOBER 07: Ian Book #12 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish rolls out against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the game at Kenan Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Week 6 of the college football season is in the books. We’re only three weeks away from the first set of official College Football Playoff rankings.Right now, it looks like five teams–Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Notre Dame and Ohio State–playing for four spots. They have separated themselves from the pack.ESPN’s panel of experts released its College Football Playoff picks after Week 6. Andrea Adelson, Edward Aschoff, Chris Low and Adam Rittenberg made their selections.Three of them have the same four teams in the field, with one panelist going with a slightly different foursome.Check out the picks below:ESPN's playoff picks after Week 6.Adelson, Rittenberg and Schlabach all think the presumed ACC champion (Clemson) would get snubbed in favor of Notre Dame and Georgia. If the Tigers are 12-1 and Notre Dame is 12-0, it might happen, but if Clemson runs the table and wins the conference at 13-0, we can’t see how they don’t get in.Also, can Georgia afford to lose the SEC title game to Alabama and still make the field? The Bulldogs are probably one of the four best teams in the country, but if the SEC Championship Game becomes a de facto play-in game for the CFP, they might be out of luck if they lose to the Tide.We’ll see how things shake out over the next two months.last_img read more

PM Expresses Condolences at the Passing of Baroness Margaret Thatcher

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller has expressed deepest condolences to the Government, family and people of Great Britain on the death of former Prime Minister, Baroness Margaret Thatcher.As the longest-serving Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of the 20th century, and the only woman ever to have held the post, Baroness Thatcher made her mark on history, both in Britain and on the international stage, as a leader with strongly-held views and had the courage of her convictions.Many of the economic policies she employed in Britain between 1979 and 1990 continue as features of the modern globalised economy. Her economic policies would be copied in numerous countries and helped to promote her international renown. She will also be remembered for the role attributed to her in relation to the end of the Cold War. Baroness Thatcher helped to change the course of modern times and her influence will continue to be felt for generations to come.Contact: Communications Unit-OPMTel: 926-0244 Fax: 920-4684 Email: opm.news@opm.gov.jmlast_img read more

DBJ Confident Venture Capital Programme Will Be Sustainable

first_img The agreement sees the IDB providing some $14 m in grant financing under its Multilateral Investment Fund facility The Jamaica Venture Capital Programme (JVCP) is a Government of Jamaica (GoJ) initiative Officials of the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) are confident that current efforts, led by the institution, to establish a sustainable venture capital industry, will be successful.This optimism is based on what DBJ Chairman, Joseph Matalon, and Managing Director, Milverton Reynolds, say is a more in-depth approach to incorporating targeted stakeholders in the process.The Jamaica Venture Capital Programme (JVCP) is a Government of Jamaica (GoJ) initiative, aimed at developing the environment to mobilize long term equity funding to enable greater access to alternative financing sources for high potential, small and medium size (SME) enterprises, and entrepreneurs.Its implementation, being embarked on over the next three years, is being made possible through a technical co-operation agreement, signed by the DBJ and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in February this year.The agreement sees the IDB providing some $14 million (approximately US$150,000) in grant financing under its Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) facility, with the DBJ is putting up counterpart funding totalling $12 million (approximately US$128,000).Speaking on August 14 at a media briefing, held at the DBJ’s New Kingston offices to announce plans for the first ever Jamaica venture capital conference in September at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, where the initiative will also be launched, Mr. Matalon noted that past efforts at implementing the programme have, to some extent, been successful.“These have really focused on the demand side and the funding side, without necessarily taking the kind of in-depth approach of (creating) the ecosystem,” he said.“That would involve things like sensitizing the investment community on the venture capital industry and the asset class, and providing opportunities for training of venture capital investment managers. It would involve, on the other end of the spectrum, a programme which would include the preparation of potential investees to be in a position to qualify for (inputs from) a typical venture capital fund,” he said.The Chairman, while noting the extent of public sector efforts and inputs, argued that these “have not been sufficiently grounded in the private sector.”“I think that the Venture Capital industry represents an important plank in the thrust to grow the Jamaican economy, and all stakeholders, whether public or private, will be called on, in the course of this programme, to play their part,” Mr. Matalon said.Meanwhile, Manager and Consultant/Co-ordinator of the JVCP, Audrey Richards, said the market review and assessment conducted for the current effort to establish the programme revealed “a lot of interest” by stakeholders, inclusive of entrepreneurs and fund managers. She pointed out that in some instances, they did not fully understand what the process entails or what is required or expected of each stakeholder.“So, what we recognized (and) found is that one of the gaps, one of the elements that we have to put in the programme over the next three years, is training and capacity building for a lot of the stakeholders,” she said.In his remarks, Mr. Reynolds said the DBJ is “quite confident” that the current approach to developing the programme will yield more sustainable results.“It will, indeed, be more inclusive of the kinds and quality of participants, for both investors and beneficiaries, and most importantly, we expect that this programme will be sustainable. We are doing this programme as part of the Development Bank of Jamaica’s mandate to facilitate economic growth and development in Jamaica,” he stated. Story Highlights Past efforts at implementing the programme have, to some extent, been successfullast_img read more

Cairn Mega Port Project Bad for Local Tourism

first_imgzoom The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has expressed concerns about the environmental and economic impacts of proposals to make the Port of Cairns into a mega port.Gemma Plesman AMCS Great Barrier Reef Campaigner, said that if Cairns got the status of a ‘priority port,’ that would clear the path for the construction of not only the proposed cruise ship terminal, but other major port facilities as well.‘‘Expanding the Port of Cairns is unnecessary since the local tourism industry can thrive without further dredging in Trinity Inlet,” Plesman said.”A report from James Cook University [‘Economic Opportunities and Risks of Cruise Tourism in Cairns’] found that the cruise ship terminal won’t benefit the local economy as much as expanding land based tourism, since cruise ship passengers tend to contribute very little to the local economy. A mega port in Cairns won’t enhance the economic benefits significantly compared to the current practice of cruise ships anchoring offshore and transporting passengers to shore in smaller vessels.”The so-called Cairns Shipping Development Project seeks to widen the channel into the Port of Cairns from 90 meters to 130 meters through the removal of 4.4 million cubic metres of materialto improve access for large cruise ships”Deepening the shipping channel will cost around AUD 400 million and require 4.4 million cubic metres of capital dredging, and the State Government has ruled out providing funding for the project,” Plesman said.”On top of this, once the channel is widened, it will require 100,000 cubic metres of extra maintenance dredging every year, and that dredge spoil would be dumped at sea in the Reef World Heritage Area. Dredging the inlet and dumping the maintenance spoil at sea would result in serious damage to the environment – a healthy environment is the reason for a booming tourism industry in the region. The Queensland and Australian government have both just made a commitment to the World Heritage Committee to focus industrial development on four priority ports – not five. It would be a major concern for UNESCO if that commitment was not fulfilled.”last_img read more

Photographic Exhibition Opens on Earth Day

first_imgThe Museum of Natural History in Halifax will celebrate Earth Daywith a new photographic exhibit of the beautiful and naturalsurroundings of MacKinnon’s Brook in Cape Breton. Spirit of Place — Protecting Land, Celebrating the Legacy — byHalifax photographer Joanne Chilton, opens on Thursday, April 22and will be on display until May 25. Spirit of Place is presented by the Nova Scotia Nature Trust, aland conservation organization, as a special 10th anniversarycelebration. It is also a benefit to help ensure that the legacyof the Mabou highlands is protected for the future. Chilton’s images of MacKinnons’ Brook link together the land, themusic it inspired, and the conservation achievement of the trust. “We are extremely proud to be celebrating 10 years of protectingNova Scotia’s natural legacy, and to be presenting Spirit ofPlace, a unique artistic celebration of the work of the trust andthe province’s spectacular natural beauty,” said Martin Janowitz,president of the Nova Scotia Nature Trust. “This exhibitionprovides an opportunity for Nova Scotians and visitors alike todiscover, explore, appreciate and celebrate an important part ofthe province’s cultural and natural heritage.” The Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, Rodney MacDonald,applauded the trust’s initiative to make people aware of NovaScotia’s natural history by working with artists such as Ms.Chilton. “These photographs present reminders of Nova Scotia’s culturalheritage and reflect the diversity of its natural surroundings,”said Mr. MacDonald. “Joanne Chilton has captured the spirit,beauty and richness of MacKinnon’s Brook.” Spirit of Place depicts the simple moments in nature, and is atime capsule of 27 images, visually representing the MacKinnonfamily’s journey from the Isle of Barra in Scotland to the NewWorld, and to the brook that would eventually bear the familyname in the Mabou Hills of Cape Breton. Spirit of Place reveals the artist’s sensitivity and spiritualconnection with the natural beauty of the Mabou highlands, and ofthe Isle of Barra. “In my own reflection, I see the MabouHighlands as a place containing wisdom, spirit and magicalqualities beyond description,” said Ms. Chilton. The artist’s work was inspired by the haunting, beautiful musicof MacKinnon’s Brook Suite, composed by Scott Macmillan andoriginally performed by Ian McKinnon and Symphony Nova Scotia. The exhibition travels to Sydney this fall, and will be ondisplay at the University College of Cape Breton from Sept. 17 toOct. 29.last_img read more

Calgary police officers to appeal corruption conviction in harassment case

first_imgThe Canadian Press CALGARY — Two former Calgary police officers found guilty of misusing department computers and harassing a woman in a custody battle have filed appeals.Court documents say Bradford McNish and Bryan Morton are appealing both their convictions and sentences.The two were convicted last year — along with former officer Anthony Braille — of corruption-related crimes.Last week, a judge sentenced Morton to 30 months in jail, McNish to six months and Braille to three months.Morton and McNish cite a number of alleged errors by the trial judge as grounds for their appeals.Court heard the three officers were paid thousands of dollars to monitor the movements of Akele Taylor, the ex-wife of Calgary businessman Ken Carter.The three were approached by the owner of a private investigation firm to help dig up information about Taylor.They were charged in 2016 after Calgary police documents revealed that the officers had used the force’s computers and conducted surveillance while on duty.Morton’s appeal notice asks that his conviction be set aside or that he be granted a new trial. Failing that, he wants his jail time reduced or changed to a conditional sentence.McNish is asking for a new trial.Braille was dismissed by the service shortly before the charges were laid because of his role in an unrelated high-speed chase.Morton and McNish were put on leave without pay.last_img read more

Darfur UN humanitarian chief urges authorities to facilitate aid delivery

7 November 2010The United Nations top humanitarian official today urged the local administration in Sudan’s conflict-affected region of Darfur to show stronger commitment to facilitating the delivery of aid to those in need without political or ethnic considerations. Valerie Amos, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, voiced particular concern over access restrictions to areas affected by ongoing fighting in Eastern Jebel Marra.Insecurity in Darfur has limited the capacity of humanitarian agencies to provide assistance to those affected by the conflict, especially in remote areas. Ms. Amos also expressed concern over increasing incidents of kidnapping of aid workers. Some 30 foreign humanitarian workers have been abducted since March 2009. Four of them remain in captivity.“I welcome the Government’s efforts to resolve kidnapping cases and call for perpetrators to be apprehended and brought to justice. Stopping impunity is the only way to address this worrying trend,” Ms. Amos on the fourth day of her mission to Sudan, during which she has also visited southern Sudan.Ms. Amos visited a primary health care centre servicing internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Al Salaam camp, on the outskirts of El-Fasher, the capital of North Darfur state, where she heard accounts of life as IDPs from women who fled their homes seven years ago.They expressed their desire to return to their villages, but explained that they were not planning to do so soon due to fear of violence. Ms. Amos said that “all people have the right to return home or settle in an alternative location of their choosing, but the conditions need to be appropriate and their safety and security must be guaranteed.”In Nyala, the capital of South Darfur state, Ms. Amos discussed the issue of IDP return with representatives of the humanitarian community.“Ensuring that returns take place in an environment free from intimidation is the responsibility of the Government,” she said.“Humanitarian workers are ready to assist where there is clear humanitarian need, and where the Government is not able to provide the required support,” she added. “When displaced people do not want to return to their area of origin, we need to assist their integration into existing communities and support the development of sustainable livelihoods.”Ms. Amos will tomorrow visit a resettlement site and one of the largest IDP camps in Darfur. She will then travel to Khartoum for further discussions with Government officials, donor representatives, non-governmental organizations and UN officials. read more

TSX gains traction after Bank of Canada keeps rates unchanged

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market moved higher on Wednesday morning after the Bank of Canada left its key interest rate unchanged.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 19.65 points to 13,971.42, while the Canadian dollar fell 0.45 of a cent to 90.60 cents U.S.The central bank kept the interest rate at 1.0% and lowered its forecast for inflation, as was widely expected.In commodities, the February gold bullion contract slipped $1.30 to US$1,240.50 an ounce.Morgan Stanley has scaled back its expectations for gold prices over the next two years, saying that equity markets won’t need the safe haven of the precious metal as much as they did when the economies were more pained.The report cut target prices by 12% to US$1,160 an ounce in 2014 and 13% to $1,138 in 2015.On the TSX, gold stocks were down 1.1%.The energy sector gained 0.1% as the February crude oil contract moved up 79 cents to US$95.76 a barrel.Information technology stocks were the biggest gainer, rising 1.1%, with shares of BlackBerry ahead 48 cents to $11.36.BlackBerry announced on Tuesday it is selling the majority of its commercial real estate holdings in Canada, but the struggling smartphone maker refused to say how much it expects to make from the deals.The struggling smartphone maker has been trying to change the course of its money-losing operations under the leadership of new CEO John Chen.Meanwhile, Atlanta-based cloud computing company VMware says it is buying mobile computing company AirWatch for about $1.18 billion in cash. AirWatch has been one of BlackBerry’s most aggressive competitors for big business customers.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials slipped 25.68 points to 16,388.76, the Nasdaq was 6.05 points higher to 4,231.81 and the S&P 500 index was ahead 1.76 points to 1,846.56.Weighing on the market were disappointing financial results from IBM Corp. after market close on Tuesday.IBM reported that fourth-quarter net income grew 6%, surpassing Wall Street’s expectations even though revenue declined. Chief executive Ginni Rometty said she’s recommending that senior executives, including herself, forgo personal bonuses for the year.Shares of IBM were down 3% to US$182.48.In other corporate developments, Air Canada says its domestic pension plans had a small surplus as of Jan. 1, according to preliminary estimates — contrasting with the $3.7-billion solvency deficit that they had a year earlier. Shares of the company were up 4%, or 36 cents, to $9.28.TransCanada Corp. says it will provide more details about the official startup of crude oil shipments on the southern portion of its controversial Keystone XL pipeline later today. TransCanada had previously announced Jan. 22 as the date for deliveries to U.S. refineries in the Gulf of Mexico region.TransCanada shares gained 22 cents to $48.69.In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of major British stocks fell 0.09% to 6,825 and Germany’s DAX inched up 0.03% to 9,773. The CAC-40 in France added 0.4% to 4,341.Japan’s Nikkei, the regional heavyweight, gained 0.2% to 15,820.96 and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong rose 0.2% to 23,082.25. read more