Firm Chosen to Design Bloomfield Development

first_imgHalifax-area residents are closer to having more affordable housing in the city’s north end. Housing Nova Scotia has chosen Lydon Lynch Architects to help with the conceptual design to develop the Bloomfield property. It is a major milestone in the visionary residential project. “Bloomfield will be a major development for Housing Nova Scotia, and provide a significant increase in homes that are affordable for people and families in Halifax,” said Joanne Bernard, Minister of Community Services, which is responsible for Housing Nova Scotia. “This is a unique and exciting opportunity for our province to showcase a new sustainable approach to building healthy, vibrant and diverse communities.” The redevelopment of the 3.28-acre former school site will create a unique mixed-use, mixed-income community of at least 478 residential units over three phases. It will also include non-profit, community and commercial space. Housing Nova Scotia and its community partner Imagine Bloomfield are working with volunteers on public consultation to ensure the project meets the community’s needs. “Awarding the conceptual-design contract is another significant milestone in the redevelopment of the Bloomfield site,” said Susanna Fuller, co-chair of Imagine Bloomfield. “We are excited to be getting beyond the imagining, and moving into the creating phase of what will be one of the more exciting urban projects in Nova Scotia.” Bloomfield’s mix of affordable and market-priced units, non-profit cultural, creative and open spaces are meant to create a thriving community-based development. “Bloomfield will establish a benchmark for how urban communities can evolve through a thoughtful engagement process resulting in meaningful places to live, work, learn, engage, create and contribute,” added Kevin Malloy, CEO of Housing Nova Scotia. The contract with Lydon Lynch Architects to oversee conceptual design and LEED certification was awarded through a procurement process and is valued at $200,000. It will include public feedback in the design. Consultation will begin next month to define and establish how affordable housing should be provided and, as outlined in the province’s housing strategy, how other services can be integrated into community-based development. The conceptual design will be launched in November. “We have put together a specialized team for Bloomfield consisting of the best of the best in our city,” said Eugene Pieczonka, team leader and principal with Lyndon Lynch Architects. “I know that, together with Housing Nova Scotia, Imagine Bloomfield and the community, we can build something very special and successful. Our goal is to create an exemplary, affordable and diverse development that Housing Nova Scotia and the community can be very proud of.” Lydon Lynch Architects has won numerous design awards, including the 2010 Lieutenant Governor’s award for the Seaport Farmers Market. They have also designed King’s Wharf, the RCMP headquarters in Dartmouth and are developing numerous urban projects in Halifax, including 22nd Commerce Square, which will transform a downtown city block into an innovative, mixed-use destination. Halifax Regional Municipal Council endorsed Housing Nova Scotia’s bid to redevelop the site in December 2012.last_img read more

Business Innovation Summit in Rural Nova Scotia

first_imgBusiness and community leaders from across the province will gather in Truro today, May 7, to celebrate new and better ways of doing things. About 150 Nova Scotians will attend the Planting Seeds Innovation Summit at Nova Scotia Community College’s (NSCC) Truro campus, showcasing business innovation in key sectors like agriculture and food. TruLeaf is one of the businesses that will share its entrepreneurial story. Founder Gregg Curwin, of Halifax, and team started growing vegetables indoors in 2011. Now the company has two high-tech farms, in Bible Hill, Colchester Co. and Guelph, Ont., supplying millions of pounds of fresh produce to grocery stores each year. TruLeaf, and spinoff company GoodLeaf, also have a strategic partnership with McCain. That partnership is helping both businesses push further into Atlantic Canada and Ontario while continuing to grow in Bible Hill. “Planting seeds in rural Nova Scotia has really worked for us,” said Jeff McKinnon, vice-president and chief financial officer of TruLeaf and GoodLeaf. “Our story, our growth, our sales and our connection to McCain demonstrate what’s possible when you see a problem, identify a solution and relentlessly pursue it.” “It is great to see companies like TruLeaf pushing forward and doing it from Colchester County,” said Brennan Gillis, CEO of the Truro and Colchester Partnership for Economic Prosperity. “We need to keep working together to drive innovation in new and traditional sectors and support the people that are taking risks.” Government continues to work with NSCC, Cape Breton University, Cape Breton Partnership, Halifax Partnership, Dalhousie University and others to drive innovation, increase the number of high-growth companies and build stronger networks of support for entrepreneurs across the province. Government also continues to create the conditions for more businesses to start and grow by reducing the cost of incorporating a new company to the lowest level in the country, investing in business competitions for new and emerging ideas and encouraging individuals, corporations and registered venture capital funds to invest in homegrown companies through new tax incentives. “Nova Scotia has great economic potential and we need to keep working together to grow our economy, increase the number of high-growth companies and create jobs,” said Business Minister Geoff MacLellan. “By working together, we can build a stronger economic foundation for people to live, work and do business here, for the benefit all Nova Scotians.”last_img read more

Child injured by bear bite at Greater Vancouver Zoo officials

first_imgVANCOUVER — A child has been injured after being bitten by a bear at the Greater Vancouver Zoo.The British Columbia Conservation Officer Service says it received information Monday night that a child was injured due to an animal bite at the zoo in Langley.A spokesman for the Environment Ministry confirmed a bear bit the child.In a statement, the conservation service says its officers are investigating and it won’t comment further.No details on the circumstances of the incident have been released, and neither the age nor gender of the child have been disclosed. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Canadian Press business newsmaker of the year selections over the years

first_imgOTTAWA — A list of The Canadian Press business newsmakers of the year, as determined in an annual poll of newsrooms across the country:2018: Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland2017: Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau2016: The Foreign Investor2015: Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz2014: Former Tim Hortons CEO Marc Caira2013: Loblaw executive chairman Galen G. Weston2012: Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney2011: Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, co-CEOs of Research in Motion2010: Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty2009: Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of Research in Motion2008: Maple Leaf Foods CEO Michael McCain2007: Media tycoon Conrad Black2006: Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty2005: Media tycoon Conrad Black2004: Media tycoon Conrad Black2003: Media tycoon Conrad Black The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Pipeline rupture sends 40000 litres of oil into Alberta creek

first_imgDRAYTON VALLEY, Alta. — The Alberta Energy Regulator says a pipeline has spilled 40,000 litres of crude oil into a creek.The regulator says on its website that the incident happened Thursday on a Bonterra Energy Corp. line 14 kilometres south of Drayton Valley, Alta.It says the line was shut in and depressurized, and that containment booms were installed. The AER says no impacts to wildlife were reported.Calgary-based Bonterra says in a news release that it began investigating a problem with the pipeline at 8 a.m. Thursday, and at 1 p.m. it discovered a rupture that was leaking into Washout Creek.It says it is removing the oil with booms and vacuums, and is mitigating the effect on wildlife by setting up barriers as well as visual deterrents that include having people present.Washout Creek flows into the North Saskatchewan River, which is the source of Edmonton’s water supply, and Bonterra says it has placed additional booms where the creek meets the river as an extra precaution.The company says cleanup and recovery is expected to continue for the next three weeks.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Humanitarian needs growing as more Ivorians flee into Liberia warns UN agency

“The growing number of new arrivals is impacting communities hosting the refugees,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said in a media advisory issued on Saturday. “Food supplies are running short despite efforts by the government and humanitarian agencies to bring in more assistance.”The agency said the refugees are coming from the western part of Côte d’Ivoire, a country that has been plunged into turmoil after incumbent Laurent Gbagbo refused to concede defeat in the 28 November presidential election. The international community, including the UN, has recognized opposition candidate Alassane Ouattara as the winner of the polls, which were meant to advance the peace process in the West African nation, which was split by civil war in 2002 into a Government-controlled south and a rebel-held north.UNHCR staff on the ground reported that the refugees are walking several hours or even days before crossing by barge the many small rivers marking the natural border between their country and Liberia. Some families said they had walked three to four days through the bush with little food.Staff are also reporting that host community houses are full and congested. In addition, they are seeing more malnourished children and people suffering from malaria, respiratory infections and diarrhea. A few deaths have been reported among the new arrivals, including that of a child who drowned during the crossing of the Cestos river into Butuo, UNHCR added.Meanwhile, in Côte d’Ivoire, the agency is concerned about reports that some members of the rebel Forces Nouvelles at Gbeinta, in the Danane area, are preventing people from freely crossing into Liberia via the Loguato border crossing point. This is causing refugees from the Danane villages to deviate their route by up to 80 kilometres southward to enter Liberia. “UNHCR is calling for the protection of civilians and respect for the right to seek asylum without hindrance,” the agency stated. Cote 26 December 2010The United Nations refugee agency said it has registered 14,000 Ivorians who fled their country for Liberia amid the post-electoral crisis, and warned that humanitarian needs are growing both for the mostly women and children refugees and for the villagers hosting them. read more

Sri Lankan media urged to work in the interest of the public

“This is also a time to recognise the importance of free media and the important role it plays in society to inform, educate and entertain in addition to paying tribute to those journalists and media workers who have lost their lives in the pursuit of their profession,” he added. The Sri Lankan media has been urged to work in the interest of the public as World Press Freedom Day is celebrated today.The Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka (PCCSL) noted World Press Freedom Day highlights the importance of an independent, free and pluralistic media protecting and promoting these rights. Sukumar Rockwood, Chief Executive Officer of the Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka said that it is only when journalists are free to monitor, investigate and criticize policies and actions can good governance be prevalent. Rockwood said that the Code of Professional Practice of The Editors’ Guild of Sri Lanka, which the PCCSL helps implement, focuses on accuracy in reporting and advocates the importance of professional integrity as integral steps towards making the press socially responsible and sensitive to the needs and expectations of its readers. Media Freedom and Social Responsibility are the corner-stones of the PCCSL“Journalists must strive to work in the interest of the public, unfettered by improper pressure, or by narrow self-interest, which conspires against press freedom,” he said. World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 following a Recommendation adopted at the 26th Session of UNESCO’s General Conference in 1991.This in turn was a response to a call by African journalists who in 1991 produced the landmark Windhoek Declaration on media pluralism and independence.This year the theme is: ‘Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms: This Is Your Right!’ (Colombo Gazette) read more

Sri Lanka and Maldives to hold Ministerial level talks

The Senior Official’s Meeting will precede the Ministerial level discussions. Minister Samaraweera will meet the Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom during the visit. The third session of the Joint Commission between Maldives and Sri Lanka will be held from 08th to 09th February 2017 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maldives.Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera will lead the Sri Lanka delegation to the Joint Commission while Dr. Mohamed Asim, Minister of Foreign Affairs will lead the Maldivian delegation. The Joint Commission will discuss matters related to economic cooperation, tourism, fisheries, education, health, youth & sports skills development, employment and cultural affairs.The previous Joint Commission was held in Colombo in the year 2014. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UNICEF praises Saudi Arabias humanitarian efforts

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has praised Saudi Arabia for the humanitarian assistance it has given to both global and regional emergency and relief operations, including almost $4 million for health and education projects for Palestinians and $2 million in reconstruction aid after last year’s devastating earthquake in Pakistan. Speaking at the launch of UNICEF’s Arabic Humanitarian Action Report 2006 in Riyadh on Tuesday, the agency’s Deputy Executive Director, Rima Salah, shared details of the annual funding appeal totalling over $805 million for crisis countries, and also paid tribute to the Saudi Arabian vision of cooperation in the field of disaster management and technical assistance.Highlighting one such area of cooperation, Ms. Salah thanked Saudi officials for an agreement signed in 2005 between UNICEF and the Saudi Committee for the Relief of Palestinian People that committed $3.6 million towards crucial health and quality education projects, the agency said in a news release.Since its foundation in 2000, the Committee has provided cash and in-kind assistance in addition to funding educational and medical activities and reconstruction schemes in the occupied territory. The Saudi Relief Committee, which hosted Tuesday’s launch of the report, manages and allocates funds contributed by the public towards humanitarian activities and emergency responses throughout the world, and also committed $2 million this year towards UNICEF-supported reconstruction efforts after October’s deadly earthquake in Pakistan.Saudi funding has also helped alleviate the plight of children in tsunami-ravaged countries in Southeast Asia, and played a part in the recent achievements towards polio eradication in Egypt and support to the humanitarian situation in Sudan, the agency said, while pointing out that more funding is still needed in countries facing difficulties.“Underfunding in crisis countries means that key projects and activities have long remained unimplemented, with the dramatic consequences of children not being vaccinated, not having access to potable water, no schools, access to health posts or feeding centres,” Ms. Salah told the senior government and other officials gathered for the launch. read more

ReMax Housing market will get lift over next 2 years from repeat

by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 22, 2013 11:44 am MDT A Re/Max survey says 70 per cent of home sales in the next 24 months will be to repeat buyers with some previous experience as owners.The real-estate marketing organization says second-time or multi-time purchasers will be more fiscally conservative and don’t plan to over-extend themselves.And it says slightly more than 80 per cent of potential buyers surveyed believed that housing values in their area will rise or remain the same.Re/Max says 42 per cent of those surveyed said they expected to spend between $250,000 and $500,000.The findings are in line with other research that found first-time buyers had been discouraged by stricter mortgage rules since last summer and affordability issues.But the survey found first-time buyers aren’t sitting totally on the sidelines and will make up a third of the market.The survey also says almost one in five buyers will be single.“Purchasing patterns have evolved, with a more conservative, fiscally responsible purchaser moving to the forefront,” Gurinder Sandhu, executive vice-president and regional director of Re/Max Ontario-Atlantic Canada.Re/Max says second-time and multi-time buyers became a more important part of the market in the latter half of 2012.“While affordability took a hit in 2012, homeowners with considerable equity remain confident and well-positioned. They will be the driving force fuelling the bulk of home sales in the months ahead,” Sandhu said in a news release.While some buyers intend to downsize or make lateral moves, many of those trading up have amassed considered equity, he said.Not surprisingly, of those putting down 30 per cent or more, 45 per cent were aged 55 and over, the survey said.Sandhu noted that first-time buyers are experiencing a period of adjustment.The survey indicted that singles would be the most cautious buyers with 47 per cent of purchasers intending to spend under $250,000.Of the buyers planning to spend $500,000 to $1 million, almost half resided in Ontario, while the remaining 50 per cent were almost evenly divided between British Columbia and Alberta.“Regardless of income, gender, age, or location, most Canadian respondents shared considerable confidence in Canada’s housing market,” Sandhu said.“This stands as perhaps the greatest indicator that home buying intentions will remain healthy and stable. Combine this with an economic engine that is expected to gain momentum, and the outlook is most certainly positive.”The national survey, hosted on the Angus Reid Forum in December, was conducted among 1,109 prospective purchasers who intend to buy within the next 24 months.Re/Max is a leading real estate organization with more than 19,000 sales associates throughout its 750 independently-owned and operated offices in Canada AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Re/Max: Housing market will get lift over next 2 years from repeat buyers read more

IMF chief Lagarde Global economy losing momentum

IMF chief Lagarde: Global economy losing momentum FRANKFURT – The head of the International Monetary Fund is warning that the global economy is losing momentum and urging governments to take action to preserve the recovery.Christine Lagarde said in a speech Tuesday in Frankfurt, Germany, that “the recovery remains too slow, too fragile.”She said that the global economy isn’t in a crisis – and that’s good news. She said, however, that slow growth risks becoming ingrained as a “new mediocre.”Advanced economies still face a hangover from the global financial crisis of 2007-2009 in terms of too much debt, low investment, and, for some, high unemployment. A stronger dollar has weighed on growth in the United States, while China’s economy has slowed.She said the global outlook for the next six months has weakened, suggesting the IMF may be revising its forecasts. The speech sets the stage for the IMF and World Bank meetings in Washington later this month.In January, the IMF forecast global growth of 3.4 per cent this year, increasing to 3.6 per cent in 2017.Lagarde urged governments to take pro-growth reforms and to increase spending on public infrastructure.Mediocre growth that doesn’t help ordinary people much risks political backlash that “has consequences for the social and political fabric in many countries,” she said.She warned against turning to protectionism — favouring domestic producers in competition with foreign firms — as a response. “The answer to the reality of our interconnected worth is not fragmentation, it is co-operation,” she said. by David McHugh, The Associated Press Posted Apr 5, 2016 2:31 am MDT Last Updated Apr 5, 2016 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Calgary man banned from future trading in Alberta

File photo of the Toronto Stock Exchange. THE CANADIAN PRESS/MACLEAN’S/Andrew Tolson. Alberta Securities Commission|Calgary|investments|stock|YYC Calgary man banned from future trading in Alberta Nelson Peter Bradbury of Calgary is facing some serious fines for breaching the province’s securities laws.The Alberta Securities Commission says Bradbury raised more than $1.5 million investment agreements that he sold between January 2010 and March 2013.Officials say he used half of investor’s money to trade in his brokerage accounts, generating considerable losses. He also diverted $370,000 of investors’ money for his own personal use.The ASC panel says that he had illegally traded and distributed securities, engaged in fraudulent conduct and misled members of the commission, which was backed up by a statement of admissions.They’ve ordered him to surrender $370,000 that he obtained as a result of his non-compliance and to pay an administrative penalty of $150,000.Bradbury will also have to pay the investigation and hearing costs and will be subject to a ban from trading within the province again.The panel says they came down with a stiff penalty given Bradbury’s previous history of misconduct back in 2011.It also ruled that it was convinced that Bradbury will remain a serious risk to the investing public unless he is removed from the capital market forever. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Craig Lester Posted Nov 25, 2016 6:53 pm MDT read more

New members – July 2019

Find out below who has joined the premier automotive trade association and what they get from membership:Alucast Limited, ACS / IEG – www.alucast.co.ukDalroad Norslo Limited, AM / CV – www.dalroadnorslo.comHypermotive Limited, IEG – www.hyper-motive.comLet’s Drive Electric Limited T/A letsdriveelectric.com, EVWG / CAV – www.letsdriveelectric.comMobis Parts Europe N.V. UK Branch, ACS – http://www.mobisparts.eu/de_de/custom/mobis_accessories_db/Paintbox Limited, ACS – www.paintboxuk.comTurbo Technics, ACS / AM – www.turbotechnics.comTWI Limited, IEG – www.twi-global.comBasePower Limited T/A BasePower – www.basepower.com/Cazoo Limited – https://cazoo.co.uk/SMMT data services:Extensive market data providing key information to assist marketing and promotional activity, and future business opportunities.Legal helpline:SMMT advisors provide assistance with disputes, contracts, employment issues, health and safety matters and much more.Developing business opportunities:SMMT’s targeted events and Automotive Supplier Finder (ASF) service helps facilitate opportunities by matching buyers to suppliers.Production outlook:European car and light commercial vehicle production outlook helps plot future vehicle volumes, as well as new and facelift model introductions.International business expertise:SMMT exhibitions and overseas visits create new business opportunities on top of our excellent database of international sales leads.Raising productivity:10% discount on standard Industry Forum prices.Information:SMMT’s continual flow of information and analysis reflects the full spectrum of industry issues at home and abroad.Technical helpline:Get instant advice on new technical standards which will impact on your business.Funding and support:Expand or modernise your business using SMMTs knowledge of the funding and support systems available.The pace of change in the motor industry puts demand on businesses. Today, businesses need to be better informed, more efficient and more competitive. On your own this can be tough call, but as a member of SMMT you have a resource to help you realise your full potential.For information on joining SMMT please contact: Alison Handley/Liz Paul on 020 7344 9210/1663 or membership@smmt.co.ukClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Army officer on manslaughter charge over training death of soldier hit by

first_imgA 2013 inquest heard the 6ft 7in soldier nicknamed ‘High Tower’ by his comrades had been struck while in a field where soldiers ate their lunch, away from the firing.The inquest heard evidence that the placing of a target meant a machine gunner had fired over land, rather than out to sea, at the 5,900 acre training area.Ranger Maguire is believed to have been killed in by a machine gun bullet fired from around 0.6 miles away.After the inquest, which returned a verdict of unlawful killing, his family paid tribute to “a dearly loved son and brother”.They said: “We are pleased the inquest heard that Mike was a very well-liked member of his battalion, who served in difficult conditions in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.”It makes it all the more ironic that he should lose his life on a training exercise in Wales.”The most recent Ministry of Defence figures show 141 soldiers, sailors and airmen have died on training or exercises since 2000. Fifteen of those fatalities were live fire deaths.Commanders say the need to make training realistic and challenging means it is impossible to remove all risk.A recent internal defence safety review into the life fire death of another soldier heard he was shot dead during a night time exercise when a comrade mistook him for a target. Pte Conor McPherson from 3rd Bn, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, was killed at Otterburn, Northumberland in August 2016.CORRECTION: Lt Col Richard Bell and CSgt Stuart Pankhurst are not charged with manslaughter, as this article originally reported, but with the disciplinary offence of negligently performing a duty. We apologise for the error and we are happy to set the record straight. 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.center_img An Army officer has appeared in court charged with the manslaughter of a soldier killed on a training exercise by a stray shot fired from more than 1,000 yards away.Ranger Michael Maguire of 1st Bn The Royal Irish Regiment, was allegedly waiting in an administration area at a South Wales firing range when he was shot in the head.Capt Jonathan Price, who was running the May 2012 training exercise at Castlemartin Training Area, Pembrokeshire, faces a manslaughter charge over the incident.Two other soldiers, Lt Col Richard Bell and CSgt Stuart Pankhurst, who dealt with health and safety on the exercise have been charged with negligently performing a duty.The exercise had seen troops fire live rounds at both static and pop-up targets.Assistant Judge Advocate General Alan Large told Bulford Military Court, Wilts, the three would face trial in May next year.”The next hearing in this case will be on January 26, and we will work towards a trial in May.”It has been a long time for both the family of the deceased and the defendants and so I hope we have no more delays.”Ranger Maguire, 21 and from County Cork, Ireland, joined the battalion in May 2010 and had completed a tour of Afghanistan.last_img read more

Kotsiras concerned about energy

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Victorian’s can raise their energy concerns direct with the minister responsible, in an initiative launched by Minister for Energy and Resources Nicholas Kotsiras. A new feature was added to the Coalition Government’s SwitchOn webpage that allows Victorians to have their say on energy issues or problems. By visiting www.switchon.vic.gov.au and clicking the blue “Energy Concerns” button, consumers now have the opportunity to pass on their concerns, suggestions, feedback and ideas for improvement in relation to energy matters in Victoria. “This is your chance to tell us of any specific energy problems you have encountered; it is the most direct way to make sure the Coalition Government is aware of issues that you are facing,” Mr Kotsiras said. “Unless I am aware of specific consumer concerns then it is very difficult to consider options for improvement in the future,” Mr Kotsiras said.last_img read more

Quezon City to pass gambling ordinance for Bloomberrys second Solaire

first_img Leisure & Resorts World Corp suffers major swing to loss in 2Q19 The Vice Mayor of Manila’s Quezon City, Joy Belmonte, has revealed that her government will pass a gambling regulatory ordinance ahead of construction work getting underway on Bloomberry Resorts Corporation’s second Solaire-branded casino.Speaking with the Philippines Inquirer late last week, Belmonte, who is opposed to gambling, offered some positives about the development, stating, “I understand the benefits. It was presented to me by Solaire that there will be these many jobs. There will be a hotel. The casino will be very small. I understand the benefits economically. Load More RelatedPosts “We talked with some councilors, and we came up with gambling regulatory ordinance in Quezon City.Sureste Properties – the operating entity of Solaire Resort and Casino in Manila’s Entertainment City precinct – purchased the 1.57-hectare parcel of land for its Quezon City IR in 2015 for Php1.98 billion (US$38 million), with Bloomberry Chairman and CEO Enrique Razon Jr stating last year that construction was scheduled to begin in mid-2019.He also revealed at the time that the Quezon City resort could boast the same total floor space for casino operations as Solaire despite the smaller land size, with the building expected to be more vertical.Last month Bloomberry also secured a Php40 billion (US$767 million) loan to fund the design, construction and development of its Quezon City resort, scheduled to open in 2022. Philippines rejects China’s call to ban online gambling 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation statuslast_img read more

Rajni hailing PM Shah as KrishnaArjuna draws flak

first_imgChennai: Actor-politician Rajinikanth on Sunday congratulated Union Home Minister Amit Shah for the government’s move to end the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcating the state. He also hailed him and Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “Krishna and Arjuna”. “My heartfelt congratulations to Amit Shah for Mission Kashmir. Hats off,” Rajinikanth said at a book release function in Chennai. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us PM and Amit Shah, he said, were like Lord Krishna and Arjuna. However, “we don’t know who is Krishna and who is Arjuna,” added the actor, who plans to launch his political party ahead of the 2021 assembly elections in Tamil Nadu. The government’s move has received support from the state’s ruling AIADMK, which also backed the bills in parliament. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us But it has been strongly criticised by the opposition DMK and Kamal Haasan. The actor-politician, who launched his party Makkal Needhi Maiam or MNM last year in Tamil Nadu, said the government’s move was a “clear assault on democracy”. “It is extremely regressive and autocratic. Article 370 and 35A have a genesis. Any change has to be in a consultative manner,” Haasan has said. While the government said its goal was to fully integrate the region with the rest of country, several opposition parties, led by the Congress said it will have far-reaching political and social consequences and can trigger unrest in the state.last_img read more

Princess Diana will be born to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle punters

first_imgPrincess Diana smiles wearing a Cambridge tiara during a dinner and a reception at the British Embassy in Washington, DC on November 10, 1985.REUTERSThe chances of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry calling their child Diana are high. As was revealed by bookmaker Coral in the RoyalFamily website. The firm, Coral, has gotten monstrous wagers from punters, with many trusting that this will be the name of the infant.The chances that the newborn will be a young lady has already been betted heavily upon and the most recent chances come only days after Diana was way off the mark to fixing as a top choice. Another name that shares the same situation is Elizabeth, both scooping chances of 6-1. Following up is Victoria at 8-1, with Grace and Alice both stuck at 12-1.And if the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are to have a baby boy then James and Arthur can be wagered on at 16-1. Elizabeth had shot to the highest point of our wagering throughout the most recent week or somewhere in the vicinity however punters have now come in for Diana afresh,” Harry Aitkenhead, from Coral, stated. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce their engagementChris Jackson/Getty Images”The pair are presently joint-top choices in the market at 6-1 and it appears that Royal fans are persuaded the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will pay tribute to a noticeable individual from the family when they’re picking the name of their first kid.” He further included, “At this stage now we would be stunned on the off chance that it was a kid, and we scarcely taking any wagers on those names at the moment.”James and Arthur are the two most limited valued yet are well back in the market at 16-1.”Meghan, 37, plans to have a home birth at the Frogmore Cottage with Prince Harry, 34, close by. She plans to emulate the Queen’s example, who brought forth her four youngsters at her regal living arrangements.Though, the Duchess of Sussex has not discounted for an emergency clinic conveyance because of the complications that are usually associated with women above 35 years of age.last_img read more

Law group helping US probe confirms Rohingiya genocide by Myanmar

first_imgA house is seen on fire in Gawduthar village, Maungdaw township, in the north of Rakhine state, Myanmar 7 September 2017. Photo: ReutersA human rights law group contracted by the State Department to interview refugees as part of an investigation into atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar has found that there is a reasonable basis to conclude that genocide was committed – even though the US government stopped short of saying so.A report due to be released on Monday by the Washington-based Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG) will also say there was a reasonable basis to conclude that the Myanmar military committed crimes against humanity and war crimes, as well as genocide.A US State Department report released in September, which relied on PILPG research, found that Myanmar’s military waged a “well-planned and coordinated” campaign of mass killings, gang rapes and other atrocities against the Rohingya.But it stopped short of describing the crackdown as genocide or crimes against humanity, an issue that US officials said was the subject of fierce internal debate that delayed the report’s rollout for nearly a month.A declaration of genocide by the US government, which has only gone as far as labeling the crackdown “ethnic cleansing,” could have legal implications of committing Washington to stronger punitive measures against Myanmar. This has made some in the Trump administration wary of issuing such an assessment.In an advisory on Thursday announcing the planned release of the legal analysis of its investigation, PILPG said it would reveal that “there is a reasonable basis to conclude that war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide were committed against the Rohingya population.”PILPG based its report on more than 1,000 interviews with Rohingya refugees who fled to Bangladesh. The group said its mission was conducted in March and April “to provide an accurate accounting of the patterns of abuse and atrocity crimes.”The September State Department report was released in low-key fashion nearly a month after U.N. investigators issued a report accusing Myanmar’s military of acting with “genocidal intent” and calling for the country’s commander-in-chief and five generals to be prosecuted under international law.State Department officials have said the objective of the US government investigation was not to determine genocide but to “document the facts,” and it would be up to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to make a “legal” designation in the future.Pompeo has urged Myanmar’s government to investigate abuses against the Rohingya and hold accountable members of its security forces and others who were responsible.A top State Department official said in September those responsible could be held accountable for genocide and crimes against humanity.The military in Myanmar, previously known as Burma, where Buddhism is the main religion, has denied accusations of ethnic cleansing and says its actions were part of a fight against terrorism.last_img read more

Dance Theatre of Harlem Performance

first_imgThe world-renowned Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) performs live, 8 p.m., June 20 at the Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center at Morgan State University. The performance is co-presented by the Reginald F. Lewis Museum and Murphy Fine Arts Center. This special performance is in conjunction with the exhibition Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts, on display at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, and is DTH’s only headlining Mid-Atlantic appearance in 2015. Contact Mitch Case at (410) 243.3790 for more information.last_img read more