Trudeaus former principal secretary invited to testify before justice committee on SNCLavalin

first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Justin Trudeau’s former principal secretary has been invited to speak to the House of Commons justice committee on the SNC-Lavalin affair.Earlier today, Gerald Butts tweeted that he issued a formal request to testify.“I watched the testimony of The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould yesterday. I believe my evidence will be of assistance to the Justice and Human Rights Committee in its consideration of these matters. I respectfully request the opportunity to attend the Committee,” the letter stated.RELATED: Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, resigns amid SNC-Lavalin furorWhen Butts resigned on Feb. 18, he issued a statement categorically denying the accusation that he or anyone in the PMO improperly pressured Wilson-Raybould to help the Montreal engineering giant avoid prosecution on corruption and bribery charges related to contracts in Libya.He said the accusation is “simply not true.”Butts said it’s his responsibility to defend his own reputation, and that it was in the best interests of the government for him to step away.The justice committee is also asking Michael Wernick, the clerk of the privy council, and deputy attorney general Nathalie Drouin to speak about two conversations Vancouver-Granville MP Jody Wilson-Raybould testified about.It’s unclear when any of them may speak, but the committee says once they do, it will consider next steps.On Wednesday, Wilson-Raybould gave an explosive testimony, confirming the allegations of inappropriate pressure from the Prime Minister’s Office on the SNC-Lavalin case.Testifying to the House of Commons justice committee, the Vancouver-Granville MP says she was subjected to sustained efforts from 11 people in the Prime Minister’s Office, the Privy Council Office, and the Ministry of Finance to cut a deal for the Quebec engineering firm SNC-Lavalin. – With files from Cormac MacSweeney, Kaitlin Leelast_img read more

Toronto 48 Hour Film Project – Best Short Films of 2016

first_img Twitter If you like short-films and want to support a ton of local filmmakers, you’ll want to attend this screening. We’ll be showing 15 short films that will entertain and inspire even the pickiest film buff; testament to what a creative and competitive group of people can accomplish when they’re under the gun and fueled by a collective passion for filmmaking. A half-hour awards ceremony, similar to the Oscars (but much shorter in length) will following the 90 minute screening.Featuring the following films (in alphabetical order):“48 Hour Take Down” by Wolfynix Productions (Martial Arts)”Deadline” by The Alan Smithees (Adventure Serial)“Fumbled” by Eyemagine (Sports Film)“Happy F#@%ing New Year” by HotMomDotCom (Holiday Film)”Hello My Baby!” by Neon Twee (Silent Film)“Lariat” by 143 Funro (Coming of Age)“Pick Your Own Adventure; The Riddle of the Two Skulls” by Mighty Morphin Hermione Grangers (Action / Adventure)“Retreat” by Time Bandits (Dark Comedy)”Scarlet” by Helix Reel Entertainment (Slapstick)”Silver & Gold” by Razmanian Devils (Holiday Film)”Sneaky” by Secret Handshake (Comedy)“The Duel” by Do these glasses make… (Sci Fi)”Troy” by The Last Minute Miracles (Animal Film)”Undone” by Foster Films Canada (Time Travel Movie)“Upgraded” by Brainstorming (Family Film)Tickets: $10 cash only (Available at the theatre box-office, at 1pm) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement *** Doors open at 1:15pm and the screening starts at 2pm sharp***Note: these films are not rated and may not be suitable for children. Open to the general pubilc!We look forward to seeing you at the theatre!Best regards,Produced by Steve Nash & Christopher @48hfptoronto – Twitter @48hourfilmproject – InstagramNote: This is the 48 Hour Film Project’s 16th year in operation and we’re now in over 150 cities around the world. The best film from the 2016 Toronto 48 Hour Film Project will compete against the winners from the other 48 Hour Film Project cites at our international film festival, Filmapalooza (Seattle, Washington, March 1-4, 2017), and if it does well there it will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Login/Register With:last_img read more

Gad Elmaleh Wins a Webby Award for his ‘Welcome To America’…

Rabat – Following recent accusations of racism, Moroccan-French comedian Gad Elmaleh has won best in comedy Webby Award for his “Welcome to America” sketch published on the internet in 2017.“Welcome to America,” which was in the category that rewards “less than 5 minutes of movies and videos created as a single episode in comedy or the art of making people laugh,” brings together the Moroccan comedian Gad Elmaleh and American actor Ron at the airport, as the comedian prepares to enter the United States.The sketch is about a border policeman who pesters the humorist about his Moroccan nationality. Elmaleh is then arrested by an agent affiliated with the passport control as he enters the United States. When border patrol asks him “Why were you born in Morocco?” the comedian answers: “I imagine that it is because my parents were in Morocco at the time of my birth.”This skit was broadcasted in 2017 on the US comedy site “Funny or die.” In the end, the Moroccan humorist recovers his passport after an altercation that is quite unpleasant for him, but very funny for his audience.The Webby Awards ceremony will be held on May 15, when the winners will have to give a five-word speech.The award comes after recent accusations of racism against the Chinese community, which followed the rebroadcasting of a skit known as “The Chinese” from his show “Everything is Possible,” with French co-star Kev Adams.The 47-year-old was quick to apologize for his portrayal of Chinese people on the “Touche Pas à Mon Poste” show and made amends to the French Asian DJ Louise Chen, whom he had previously satirized, on April 23.The Webby Award is a tribute to quality on the Internet, including websites, interactive ads, online movies and videos, and mobile websites. Nominees and winners have been selected by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences since 1996. read more

Special envoy says UNbacked Congolese peace talks will resume shortly

The talks between the Government and the National Congress in Defense of the People (CNDP), which began in Nairobi in December, seek to bring an end to a conflict which has uprooted an estimated 250,000 people since August, on top of the 800,000 already displaced in the region, mainly in North Kivu province.After holding consultations with both parties yesterday in Goma, the capital of North Kivu, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region and Chief Mediator for the talks, Olusegun Obasanjo, announced that negotiations would soon resume.In January, the two sides had settled on a document establishing the ground rules for substantive discussions, stating the outcome of the dialogue should incorporate the January 2008 Goma agreement, which included a commitment by rebels to withdraw their troops and to either disarm or join the brassage process, whereby ex-combatants from armed militia are retrained to form part of the national army.The talks, slated to restart at the end of January, were postponed to an unspecified date after the African Union summit, which ended at the beginning of this month.While encouraging other armed groups involved in the fighting in eastern DRC to join the talks, Mr. Obasanjo said that the current participants would like negotiations to continue on Congolese soil, but that he would prefer the meetings remained in Nairobi, Kenya.Mr. Obasanjo arrived in DRC on Tuesday to assess the current conditions on the ground in the war-ravaged eastern region of the country, visiting areas most affected by recent clashes. 12 February 2009Peace talks between the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the mainly Tutsi rebel group which last year launched a devastating offensive in the eastern region of the country are expected to restart soon, the United Nations envoy leading the negotiations announced. read more

East Timor UNHCR reports upsurge in refugee returns from West Timor

There has been an upsurge in the number of East Timorese returning from camps across the border in West Timor, Indonesia, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has announced.Close to 2,000 refugees have returned to East Timor so far this month, compared with 1,300 since the beginning of the year, UNHCR said. Interviews with returning refugees indicate the increase can be directly attributed to the many reconciliation meetings and “go-and-see” visits facilitated over the past few months by the agency and its partners, including the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN Transitional Administration (UNTAET).An estimated 70,000 refugees still remain in West Timor, according to UNHCR, which is organizing the repatriations along with IOM and other groups. The agency said it hoped to maintain and improve upon the momentum of recent weeks in the period immediately before and after East Timor’s 20 May independence.Meanwhile, East Timor’s Constituent Assembly today adopted the last of the amendments to the draft constitution. The final approval of the complete document, including the preamble, is expected to come in the next few days. read more

Mens Lacrosse No 14 Ohio State looks for boost in momentum with

OSU then-sophomore attacker Colin Chell (22) prepares to shoot during a scrimmage against The Hill Academy on Jan. 30. Credit: Kylie Bryant | | For The LanternA stinging loss to No. 19 Marquette followed by a marginal win against Detroit Mercy was not what the then-No. 6 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team had in mind going into the Midwest Lacrosse Classic last weekend. But the now-No. 14 Buckeyes (5-1) have had a full week of practice to improve their play as they prepare to clash with Towson for their first game of the season at Ohio Stadium.The Tigers have stumbled to a sluggish 2-3 record this season with an 0-2 away record. But the Buckeyes aren’t counting them out, especially considering Towson’s previous performances against them.“This is a game that the last four years we’ve played them — twice last year and the two prior to that — you’re looking at two overtime games and two one-goal games,” Ohio State head coach Nick Myers said. “We anticipate it being a really healthy competition, seeing two teams collide and probably being something like that as it has been in the past.”The Buckeyes are 3-1 in the past four years against Towson, with their lone loss coming in the 2016 season by way of a 10-9 overtime decision. Last year, Ohio State managed a 6-3 mid-season win versus the Tigers, and followed that up with a dramatic 11-10 win in the NCAA semifinals, before losing to Maryland in the championship game. Towson brings Colonial Athletic Association player of the week Jon Mazza to the table. He is a 6-foot-4 junior attack who had a standout day for the Tigers in their 8-6 win against the University of Maryland, Baltimore County on Saturday. He recorded five goals and two assists. Myers specifically mentioned Towson junior midfielder Alex Woodall, who has won 72-of-105 draws, as a notable opponent for Ohio State’s own faceoff specialists — freshman midfielder Justin Inacio and sophomore midfielder Christian Feliziani. “They’re very disciplined. They typically don’t do anything to beat themselves, and they’re going to force you to beat them, which for us creates a really good challenge,” Myers said.Myers said Ohio State’s first loss on the road against the Golden Eagles on Friday created a sense of urgency among team members, forcing them to analyze the facets of their game that needed attention before going up against Towson. “I think it just starts with leadership, you know just taking that one-goal-at-a-time approach,” senior attack Colin Chell said. “I think it’s really settling the guys down, making sure we have good offensive possessions, making stops on defense, big ground balls at the [faceoff] and just taking it one possession and one goal at a time.”Saturday’s game will be the team’s first this season playing in Ohio Stadium, a fact that leaves players both excited and humbled.“I’ve been fortunate enough to play in there for three years – this’ll be my fourth year – and you know we’re just excited to get out there,” said Chell. “[We’re] pumped for these young guys to experience the Shoe – it’s a truly incredible experience.”The Buckeyes’ faceoff is slated to begin at 4 p.m. Saturday in Ohio Stadium. read more

Cretans book of lifetime

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram THE book Cretan of Oceania from the 19th Century was launched on Wednesday 4 at Parliament House by Rob Hulls the Victorian Attorney-General in front of over 200 guests. Hulls congratulated the author Socrates Tsourdalakis and acknowledging that the eight year Herculean task of researching and documenting the settlement of Cretans in Australia and New Zealand was “a labour of love” adding “I congratulate him on such a magnificent depiction of the proud heritage of his community.” The Attorney-General when in talking of Cretan’s early 19th Century settlement in Oceania paid homage to the deep bond between Australians and Cretans forged in World War II, in the Battle of Crete, “The Cretan community can be justifiably proud of its extraordinary courage during those dark times. When we hear stories about individual acts of resistance – of how Cretans hid and sheltered Allied soldiers at great risk to themselves, their families and villages – we understand why those young Australians and New Zealanders soldiers felt they owed the people of Crete so much.” He concluded by saying, “For this reason, the Brumby Government was proud to support the production of this book – and the opportunity to foster a deeper appreciation of the proud history and contribution of the entire Hellenic community.” Author Socrates Tsourdalakis when asked by Neos Kosmos English Edition (NKEE) how he felt replied, ” Relieved… it took me many years to complete this book, I had the satisfaction of I establishing something, a historical testament, for the incoming generation.” Mr Tsourdalakis underscored with conviction, “It’s a duty of all Greeks and communities that the first generation write something for their children.” Mr Tsourdalakis highlighted the painstaking effort of researching on earlier generations, “It was a real challenge trying find about the generation of the 19th century, I did not want the future generations to face the same difficulties when they begin looking back to find out about us, the post war generation.” As part of his research Mr Tsourdalakis came across Brian Morris a descendant of the first Cretan who arrived in 1842 Georgios Voyatzis and Afrodite Cretan (ne Stavroulakis). The President of the Pancretan Association Of Melbourne Australia, Anthony Tsourdalakis said to NKEE, “It was a very emotional event especially to see hear and Afrodite Cretan speak. As immigrants they changed their sir names to survive in a different Australia but Ms Stavroulakis changed it to Cretan as homage to her ancestry.” The book is available from the Pancretan Association or by contacting Mr Tsourdalakis from last_img read more

Italian Turks and Caicos Hospitality connection

first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 8, 2017 – Providenciales -A student exchange welcoming nine hospitality students from Italy in tourism, bar and service, pastry and restaurant areas of study is in full swing.Students who range in age from 18 to 19 say they look forward the experience as their goal is to gain world exposure.  The co-ed group will also intern at TCI resorts and participate in College Month at the TCI Community College.  Among the exchanges are cooking sessions featuring Turks and Caicos and West Indian cuisine and Italian foods.  The contingent arrived since Monday and they leave in April.#MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

Electric car range testing explained How far do they go

first_img How they test electric cars to establish range and MPGe 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid review: Sip with subtlety Hyundai Nissan 5:05 Cooley On Cars Nissan For example, a 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus has a 68kWh battery. Divide that by 33.7kWh and you get about two “gallons” of electricity, which doesn’t sound like much until you know that EV motors are about 85% efficient compared to about 25% for gas engines. That allows a Leaf to get an average of 108 miles from each of its electric “gallons,” or 108 MPGe.On a plug-in hybrid, like a Hyundai Ioniq, you’ll see both MPGe and traditional gas MPG ratings, since plug-in cars have two powerplants. MPGe shows efficiency when the car is running in pure electric mode, while MPG reflects driving on the gas engine alone with as a hybrid of that and electric power. Testing pure electric range is similar to the EPA test cycles for gasoline economy, but is based on something called the SAE J1634 test specification for electric cars:The car is fully charged, then parked overnight.The car is mounted on a dynamometer, not tested on the road. Simulated city or highway driving is done on the dyno until the battery is spent and the miles driven are noted. The car is recharged from an AC source, not a DC fast charger. The energy required for full recharge is noted.That charge amount is divided by the miles driven to calculate gross MPGe.  Gross MPGe is multiplied by 0.7 to account for real-world factors like wind, terrain and HVAC use. But, depending where you live, you may want to give the EPA range rating a further haircut: A recent AAA test of five pure electric cars found that heater use in 20-degree weather resulted in an average 40% decrease of range and MPGe, while use of air conditioning in 95-degree weather resulted in about a 17% decrease. 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e review: A thrifty hybrid with more grip Review • 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus review: A better EV, but maybe not the best Share your voice More From Roadshow Roadshowcenter_img Now playing: Watch this: 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More about 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus Tags News • 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus officially achieves 226-mile range, but there’s a catch An email from Peter A. of Vancouver, Washington, posed a practical question: How do you know an electrified car, like the Bolt, Leaf or Model 3, will really deliver the range it advertises? And, in his case, he’s looking for a plug-in hybrid, like a Toyota Prius or Hyundai Ioniq, which is an even thornier matter.First, understand MPGe, the miles per gallon equivalent: It’s a metric that assumes a gallon of gas contains 115,000 BTUs of energy and equates that to 33.7 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electrical energy.  Comments 2 Preview • 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus first drive: Expanding the EV’s appeallast_img read more

AL plan to hold polls keeping Khaleda in jail unrealistic

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Friday alleged that law enforcers violated the Supreme Court’s (SC’s) directives by arresting one of its activists from a political programme without any warrant, reports UNB.Speaking at a discussion, party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir also said the government’s plan to hold the next national election keeping BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in jail is unrealistic.”I would like to express my anger and sorrow as I couldn’t save a Chhatra Dal leader who tried to escape arrest holding me tight. The law enforcers swooped on our programme in front of the [National] Press Club and snatched him by tearing his clothes,” he said.The BNP leader further said, “It’s a rare and most disgusting incident in Bangladesh’s political history. The law enforcers violated the directives of the Supreme Court by making such an arrest [without any warrant].”A faction of Jatiya Party (Zafar), arranged the programme at the National Press Club, demanding BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release from jail.On Thursday, police arrested JCD leader Mizanur Rahman Raj from BNP’s sit-in programme in front of the National Press Club and foiled the event just 13 minutes before its scheduled conclusion.Fakhrul described the current government as a ‘dangerous demon’ and alleged that it has destroyed all the democratic institutions only to hang onto power.He said their chairperson has been convicted in a ‘false’ case ‘unlawfully’ to keep her, BNP and the 20-party alliance away from the next election. “Their main motive is to retain power without a competitive election.”The BNP leader said Khaleda is being deprived of her legal right of having bail due to the government’s interference.He also alleged that the government is controlling the judiciary by establishing a one-party rule under a different cover.Referring to the chief election commissioner’s comment that the commission will not take any initiative to bring all the political parties to the next general election, Fakhrul said KM Nurul Huda’s remark has reflected the government’s desire.”We know you won’t take any move for an inclusive election as you have been made CEC to ensure Awami League’s return to power through lopsided polls,” he added.last_img read more

Howard U and UDC

first_imgBy AFRO StaffOn Saturday May 11 graduates and their families from the nation’s capital’s HBCU’s, Howard University and University of the District of Columbia (UDC), celebrated scholastic achievement and completion with commencement exercises. Howard’s 151st commencement was held on the main yard.  The Walter E. Washington Convention Center housed the UDC commencement. Howard’s keynote speaker was alum and former mayor of Atlanta Kasim Reed. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) served as the keynote speaker for UDC’s commencement.Recent alumna from Howard University celebrate their graduation on May 11, 2019. (Photo by Rob Roberts)last_img

Xbox One will get louder and slower instead of overheating

first_imgMicrosoft has already explained how the design of the Xbox One is meant to allow it to run completely silently and remain switched on for a decade. While that may be the case, this is a high performance piece of kit that’s going to generate quite a bit of heat when under load running a game. Microsoft also has to cater for the fact people will cram the console into a crowded TV unit, leave stuff on top of its flat casing, and games will push the machine ever harder as developers get to grips with the hardware.Any thoughts about the Xbox One potentially RRoDing like the Xbox 360 have been put to rest though. Leo del Castillo, General Manager of Console Development at Microsoft, explained this week that that the Xbox One is a lot more intelligent than the Xbox 360 when it comes to managing heat and stopping itself from overheating.According to Castillo, the Xbox One has been designed to never run at its full performance capacity under normal conditions. That way there’s always some headroom if things start to go awry. In theory, the console should never overheat because there are two controls in place to stop it happening.The first is fan speed, which can be increased if necessary to compensate for a greater amount of heat inside the machine. But fan speed will have a limit, so what happens if that’s not enough? The second countermeasure the Xbox One has is something PC components have been using for years — the ability to slow down and cut the amount of power being used.In the “slow down” mode the Xbox One will use less power by lowering the performance of the GPU and CPU. In turn, those chips will generate less heat and the internal fan should then be able to cope and get the console back within its normal operating temperature window. The side effect of this is game performance may be impacted, however, under normal circumstances a game should never be able to get the Xbox One into such a state on its own.So unless you block the cooling vents on the machine, or sit something else that runs hot on top of the Xbox One, it should never overheat. In the worst case your games may slow down and the internal fan becomes audible.last_img read more

Ellen DeGeneres unveils her first baby clothing collection

first_imgDeGeneres launched her ED by Ellen e-commerce site in 2015. It began by offering homeware and everyday items of clothing – much of it fairly gender neutral in style.This week she unveiled the latest addition to the range: her first, dedicated baby line. The collection includes bibs, swaddles for wrapping the little ones, bathtime accessories, nursery furniture and mattresses, and baby clothing, including socks, onesies, tights, sweater and pants sets, among much more. Fans of Ellen Degneres will know that on top of being one of the world’s highest paid chat show hosts – and best-loved LGBTI advocates – she’s also a budding entrepreneur. A post shared by ED Ellen DeGeneres (@edbyellen) on Jul 31, 2017 at 1:45pm PDT The collection is on sale exclusively through buybuyBaby.comEllen DeGeneres was ranked 16th in the most recent list of Forbes’ highest paid celebrities, with an estimated $77million in earnings in the 12 months up to June 2017.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- Ellen and Portia celebrate their ten year wedding anniversary6 wildlife-loving pics of Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi in Rwanda, Tanzania and KenyaSee why being guest of ‘kind’ Ellen DeGeneres can be genuinely scaryRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Much of the items are branded with the words ‘love’ or ‘made with love’.‘I love to be swaddled’‘Babies love to be swaddled and should always be surrounded by love and kindness,’ said DeGeneres in a statement.‘I created my baby collection with that thought in mind. Each piece has a message of love and the line is filled with whimsical and fun pieces. I don’t have a baby but I love to be swaddled and you will too!’ Get ready for more smiles and more dancing tomorrow. Stay tuned…#EDBundlesOfJoyA post shared by ED Ellen DeGeneres (@edbyellen) on Aug 1, 2017 at 12:35pm PDT eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

Polyglot persistence what is it and why does it matter

first_imgPolyglot persistence is a way of storing data. It’s an approach that acknowledges that often there is no one size fits all solution to data storage. From the types of data you’re trying to store to your application architecture, polyglot persistence is a hybrid solution to data management. Think of polyglot programming. If polyglot programming is about using a variety of languages according to the context in which your working, polyglot persistence is applying that principle to database architecture. For example, storing transactional data in Hadoop files is possible, but makes little sense. On the other hand, processing petabytes of Internet logs using a Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) would also be ill-advised. These tools were designed to tackle specific types of tasks; even though they can be co-opted to solve other problems, the cost of adapting the tools to do so would be enormous. It is a virtual equivalent of trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. Polyglot persistence: an example For example, consider a company that sells musical instruments and accessories online (and in a network of shops). At a high-level, there are a number of problems that a company needs to solve to be successful: Attract customers to its stores (both virtual and physical). Present them with relevant products (you would not try to sell a drum kit to a pianist, would you?!). Once they decide to buy, process the payment and organize shipping. To solve these problems a company might choose from a number of available technologies that were designed to solve these problems: Store all the products in a document-based database such as MongoDB, Cassandra, DynamoDB, or DocumentDB. There are multiple advantages of document databases: flexible schema, sharding (breaking bigger databases into a set of smaller, more manageable ones), high availability, and replication, among others. Model the recommendations using a graph-based database (such as Neo4j, Tinkerpop/Gremlin, or GraphFrames for Spark): such databases reflect the factual and abstract relationships between customers and their preferences. Mining such a graph is invaluable and can produce a more tailored offering for a customer. For searching, a company might use a search-tailored solution such as Apache Solr or ElasticSearch. Such a solution provides fast, indexed text searching capabilities. Once a product is sold, the transaction normally has a well-structured schema (such as product name, price, and so on.) To store such data (and later process and report on it) relational databases are best suited. With polyglot persistence, a company always chooses the right tool for the right job instead of trying to coerce a single technology into solving all of its problems. Read next: How to optimize Hbase for the Cloud [Tutorial] The trouble with Smart Contracts Indexing, Replicating, and Sharding in MongoDB [Tutorial]last_img read more

Hot off the press Goways 20182019 Downunder brochure

first_img Posted by Tuesday, February 13, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Travelweek Group TORONTO — Goway’s 2018/2019 Downunder brochure, a comprehensive guide to all things Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, is now available.The award-winning brochure features everything from private touring to cruises, family vacations and youth working holidays to luxury VIP travel arrangements.New this year are upgraded Holidays of a Lifetime, including ‘Waltzing Matilda’, ‘Best of Australia’ and ‘Best of New Zealand’, as well as ‘Great Barrier Reef Dive’ and ‘Sail Adventure’ in the Whitsundays.There’s also new luxury overnight cruises in New Zealand’s Milford Sound, adventure cruising in the Bay of Islands, and a Cook Island Combo that makes for an ideal stopover combining Rarotonga and Aitutaki.Other new highlights include: a Nelson Outdoor Lifestyle stopover idea; the Executive Rail Trail Experience, a three-day, self-guided cycle tour on New Zealand’s South Island; a new Sydney day tour, the Wilderness and Aboriginal Explorer; small group touring in South Australia’s Outback, the Flinders Ranges; and an expanded Sunny Perth stopover, now including Rottnest Island.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionAgents are invited to learn how to use the travel planner at Goway’s next webinar, taking place on Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. EST. Click here to register. Email to request a brochure. Hot off the press: Goway’s 2018/2019 Downunder brochurelast_img read more

AlQaida accuses France of endangering hostages

first_img 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Comments   Share   When a Tuareg tribal rebellion wrested control of northern Mali from the government, al-Qaida took advantage of the situation and allied with local Islamists to dominate the whole area.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The statement added that al-Qaida was always ready to negotiate, while criticizing French President Francois Hollande for exacerbating the situation by calling for an invasion of Mali, where the northern half has been conquered by Islamist extremists and the hostages are believed to be held.The statement came as French President Francois Hollande, attending a meeting on the Sahel at the United Nations, called on the Security Council to meet quickly and adopt a resolution that would allow an African military intervention in Mali “as quickly as possible.”France would provide logistical support to an African bid to recover northern Mali from the extremists now in control. Referring to the extremists, Hollande said “there is no question” of negotiating with terrorists.On Sept. 8, the group issued a seven-minute video showing the four hostages sending greetings to their families and pleading they not be forgotten.The hostages urged French President Francois Hollande to negotiate for their release with their captors.Al-Qaida in North Africa grew out Algerian Islamist groups the fought the government in the 1990s. They have been largely driven out of northern Algeria but offshoots have flourished in the poorly governed wastes of the Sahara desert and the Sahel, where they have linked up with smuggling networks and involved in kidnapping foreigners for ransom. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Sponsored Stories Associated PressRABAT, Morocco (AP) – The North African branch of al-Qaida said Wednesday that France has broken off negotiations over the French hostages it has held over the past two years, endangering their lives.Al-Qaida kidnapped four French employees of the Areva nuclear energy corporation from the northern Niger town of Arlit in September 2010.“We call on the families of the hostages to make noise about this issue and say that silence is the biggest danger to your children,” said the statement, which appeared on jihadi websites. “We cannot guarantee the health of the hostages if your government continues to neglect (this matter).” Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

Commentary Were Forever Seeing Bubbles

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Demand Dodd-Frank Existing-Home Sales Federal Reserve GDP Home Prices Home Sales Homebuilders Housing Starts Housing Supply Investors Lenders & Servicers Loan Officer Surveys Mark Lieberman Mortgage Rates Processing Residential Construction Service Providers Sustainability 2013-06-21 Mark Lieberman in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing June 21, 2013 444 Views The recent jump in home prices (near record month-over-month and year-over-year increases reported for “”May””: by the “”National Association of Realtors””: has led to speculation that the rapid surge in home prices could be the sign of a new housing bubble similar to the one that led to the Great Recession.Is it? The not-so-short answer is: not yet.[IMAGE]Indeed, through May the median price of an existing single-family home has risen by double-digits for seven of the last eight months (and in the eighth, the year-over-year increase was 9.4 percent). For comparison’s sake, note that in the run-up to the collapse in 2006, the median price of an existing single-family home rose by double-digits year-over-year for 11 straight months.An increase in prices itself does not signal a bubble. An unsustainable increase, not supported by other data, however, would. In the run-up to the 2006 collapse, the higher prices–which had been trending up for four years–led to a sharp uptick in construction wholly unsupported by demographics. Baby boomers were aging, transforming home buyers into sellers, and there weren’t sufficient numbers of “”echo boomers”” to replace them. Nonetheless, in the last 12 months, the year-over-year increase in single-family starts has averaged about 26 percent, four times the average year-over-year increase in the 12 months just prior to the bubble bursting in 2006. When housing prices fell when the bubble burst, the construction jobs they supported disappeared along with hundreds of thousands of others as housing wealth vanished, seemingly overnight.Even though the demographics haven’t changed–the 55-plus population is growing faster than the 25-34 population–builders in the last 12 months have completed 31 percent more single-family homes than they sold. Prior to the housing peak, completions were about 26 percent more than sales, adding to inventories and further depressing home prices.[COLUMN_BREAK]While the “”gap”” between completions and sales was wider before the 2006 collapse than today, it has been expanding rapidly, growing in eight of the last 12 months.So, what happened to the overall economy when the housing bubble burst? As prices and values dropped, so did consumer spending, a function of the “”wealth effect.”” According to some estimates, the decrease in home values reduced consumer spending by upwards of $400 billion and GDP by about 2.5 percent. That jobs fell as well only made a bad situation worse.The slowdown in housing prices beginning in 2006 came just as baby boomers–born between 1946 and 1964–were approaching retirement, a time when they might be looking to use their homes as a retirement nest egg, finding themselves with more house than they needed. About a year later, employment began to sag along with wages and salaries, so there were fewer people with less money to spend on buying a home.Despite the fact we still theoretically have more potential sellers than buyers, which should drive prices down, the inventory of homes listed for sale has remained low. That low inventory, combined with low interest rates keeping affordability high, has driven prices up. That doesn’t necessarily mean a bubble unless sales increase with the higher prices, and they have even with regulatory changes in the wake of the housing collapse designed to stop banks from making loans borrowers could not afford. Just how effective those changes have been though is still open to question. According to the Federal Reserve’s most recent “”Senior Loan Officers Opinion Survey””:, mortgage demand is climbing and more banks are easing lending standards.Those factors combine to drive prices still higher a cycle which, if incomes fail to keep pace, could inexorably lead to a bursting bubble.Perhaps more significant than the question of whether we’re in or headed to a bubble and are we prepared for it to burst is what happens if prices again suddenly and dramatically collapse?Many analysts contend the current prices are justified by low rates, which keep home affordable even as prices rise. This would suggest that as rates rise, prices will move in the opposite direction, a replay of the post-2006 economy. That’s not though what history tells us. If prices fall in response to higher rates, it would mean market behavior has changed, a phenomenon for which we may not be prepared._Hear Mark Lieberman on P.O.T.U.S. (Sirius-XM 124) on Friday at 6:20 a.m. Eastern._*_Want to write an opinion piece for publication on our site? Send your submission to_* “”””:mailto:MReportEditor@TheMReport.comcenter_img Commentary: We’re Forever Seeing Bubbles Sharelast_img read more

MEPs call on access to military sites in search for missing

first_imgA delegation of MEPs on Wednesday called for full access to every possible burial site where the remains of the missing persons might be buried.Representatives from the European parliament’s civil liberties committee (Libe) is having a series of contacts on the island to take stock of the progress made by the Committee for Missing Persons (CMP) in recovering and identifying the remains. The MEPs met with the three members of the CMP, at the committee’s anthropological laboratory in the Nicosia airport area.Spanish S&D MEP Juan Fernando López Aguilar, who is leading the delegation, said the task of the CMP was not an easy one. Half the work has yet to be completed and every effort should be made towards this direction, he added.Aguilar, who is also the EP’s standing rapporteur for missing persons, said that it was important to provide access to every possible burial site, including in military sites located in the north.He said that the EP delegation was aware of the difficulties in accessing military sites as well as archives, documents and information.“We support every diplomatic effort in order to complete that job” he said.The Libe delegation also met on Wednesday with UNSG Special Representative to Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar. More meetings are scheduled with other officials, including the foreign minister.In addition to Aguilar, other MEPs in the delegation include Ana Gomez (S&D, Portugal), Asim Ademov (EPP, Bulgaria), and Thomas Zdechovsky (EPP, Czech Republic).You May LikeSuperb InternetSuperb Internet® Offers Coast-to-Coast IP BackboneSuperb InternetUndoBuzzFond8 Homely TV Characters You Won’t Recognize With Makeup in Real LifeBuzzFondUndoHouse CoastThis Is What A Lake House Looks Like When You’re A BillionaireHouse CoastUndo Companies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndoHigh temperatures increase risk of firesUndoLED-lighting the way by 2020Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more